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  • Very compact and lightweight
  • Reliable
  • Enclosed hammer and short barrel results in poor accuracy
  • Not great for longer range shots (over 10 yards)
Editor’s Note:

Great as a backup gun or for deep concealment.

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Smith & Wesson 642 Specs

Double Action Only
Barrel Length
1.8in / 1.9in
Magazine Capacity
Magazine Included
Magazine Type
38 Special +P
Grey / Stainless
Front Sight
Rear Sight
Overall Length
Stock Material
0.94 lbs
Aluminum Alloy

Smith & Wesson 642 Features

Lightweight alloy frame
Continuous +P Use

By The Numbers - Smith & Wesson 642


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The Sig P365 is an impressive micro 9mm with a great track record. This gun is a popular subcompact semi-auto pistol, designed for CCW and self defense. Some of it’s key features include a 10-round capacity, which is higher than many of its competitors, compact and modular, has XRAY3 Day/Night sights providing visibility in low light conditions, and ambi controls. We’ve tested this gun time and time again. As our writer puts it, “The rest of the industry has had a couple of years to catch up but the P365 is still an impressive micro 9mm that is super popular as a CCW option.” – Travis Pike



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Sig Sauer P365 SAS

Sig Sauer P365 SAS


The SIG Sauer P365 SAS is a variant of the popular P365 concealed carry pistol, with the SAS standing for “Sig Anti-Snag”. The pistol features a number of design elements that make it highly concealable and easy to carry, including a flush-mounted FT Bullseye fiber optic sight, a snag-free slide, and a recessed takedown lever. The tool-less disassembly and useful slide lock also make the SAS a good choice for EDC. The pistol has a 10+1 capacity and is chambered in 9mm. Overall, the SIG Sauer P365 SAS is a high capacity, highly concealable and reliable option for those looking for a compact pistol for CCW.

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final verdict

The S&W Model 642 is great as a pocket pistol for a backup gun or deep concealment.  Due to its short barrel, you’ll likely have a hard time keeping on target and aiming.  We rated it 3/5 on accuracy as a result.

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