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Smith & Wesson Unveils New Customized .38 Snub-Nosed Revolver

Smith & Wesson Performance Center’s new Model 442 customized .38 revolver, unveiled just in time for SHOT Show 2019 in Las Vegas later this month. (Photo: Smith & Wesson)
Smith & Wesson Performance Center’s new Model 442 customized .38 revolver, unveiled just in time for SHOT Show 2019 in Las Vegas later this month. (Photo: Smith & Wesson)

Smith & Wesson's Performance Center recently added a customized, snub-nosed .38 to its line of concealed-carry revolvers.

The new Model 442 is a lightweight, J-frame revolver that features a popular internal hammer design ideal for everyday carry, providing a snag-free draw and quick holstering, according to a recent Smith & Wesson press release.

The double action-only Model 442 is chambered in .38 S&W Special +P ammunition and has a five-round capacity. It has a stainless-steel cylinder with high-polished cylinder flutes; a high-polished thumbpiece, plate screws and trigger; and a Performance Center-tuned action for a smoother, lighter trigger pull, the release states.

Smith & Wesson isn't the only gunmaker to introduce new, concealed-carry pistols in time for SHOT Show 2019 in Las Vegas, set for Jan. 22-25. Glock Inc. also has recently come out with two new single-stack magazine pistols designed with a slim profile for easy concealment. The new Glock G43X and G48 Silver Slimline Series pistols are scheduled to be available by Jan. 21.

Short-barreled .38 revolvers are nothing new, but the S&W 442 includes a Crimson Trace LG-105 laser grip with red laser for quick target acquisition in "less-than-ideal lighting conditions," the release states.

"For over 50 years, the J-frame revolver has provided firearm owners with an excellent personal protection firearm, designed to be lightweight and well suited for concealed carry," Tony Miele, general manager of the Performance Center, said in the release. "The new Performance Center Model 442 builds upon that heritage while delivering Performance Center enhancements designed to enrich the shooting experience."

The Performance Center Model 442 revolver retails for about $742.

-- Matthew Cox can be reached at matthew.cox@military.com.

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