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Thursday, December 18, 2014

If you’ll be my Smith & Wesson Model 638-1 Bodyguard, I can be your long lost pal.

 I can call you Betty, and Betty when you call me, you can call me Al.


Meet “Betty,” my recently acquired pre-lock S&W Bodyguard.  After satisfying the requisite Illinois waiting period, (plus a day or more due to personal languor) I picked her up from the local gun store this past Tuesday.  Betty is not a youngster (vintage ~1991), but she is in top condition, a classic beauty; she qualifies as a "grail gun," one that I have long considered but, until now, always turned away.  Welcome home, Betty.


My Centennials have enclosed hammers, making them (by design) double action only.  This is my only J-Frame snub gun with an exposed, albeit snag resistant, hammer.  The single action trigger on this 638 is very sweet, but I doubt that I will use it much.


Lefty Lewis at Bell Charter Oak states that his Gaylord 8-Ball pocket holster is more for coat pockets than for pants pockets;  maybe so, but for me it works out wonderfully as a pants pocket carry.  I usually carry the respective airweight revolvers in pocket holsters or one of the Ken Null Shoulder holsters.  The all-steel Centennial revolvers I prefer to carry IWB.

As is the Model 442, the 638 is an aluminum frame S&W Airweight; cylinder, barrel, and crane are carbon steel on the 442 and stainless on the 638.  Will the 638 replace the 442 as my preferred pocket revolver?  I dunno; I have not had a chance to take her to the range yet.  Also, this is my first revolver with Crimson Trace laser grips.  I was into laser grips when they first became available and became disillusioned early on.  Crimson Trace has a great reputation; I may just become a believer.




Nutnfancy does a fantastic review of an identical (other than the lock) S&W Model 638, including the use of laser grips (same manufacturer, different model).


EDIT:  CLICK HERE for my first range session with the Bodyguard



2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I really like Lefty's work and use a "Deep Drop Bandit" IWB for both "J" Frames and my Gemini Custom SP 101. Bell Charter Oak and Gemini just go together naturally. regards, Alemaster

"Zack" said...

Alemaster,

Thanks for stopping by!

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