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  1. Allen-MX8

    Allen-MX8 Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    What is a "pre-lock"? I thought I was real knowledgeable when it comes to S & W revolvers, but I don't recall hearing of the term "pre-lock". Please advise.

  2. Shooting Coach

    Shooting Coach Well-Known Member

    Sep 14, 2006
    Nashville Tn
    If you are looking for a shooter, there is nothing wrong with the Internal Lock.

    If you do not trust the lock, and fear it may tie the gun up at the wrong time, it can be discreetely disabled with a little file work. I cannot imagine a reputable gunsmith doing this simply for the possible liability. (I disable the safety, you negligently shoot your best buddy, and your lawyer tries to put it off on me!)

    You can do it yourself in about 15 minutes, and that is counting 10 minutes to take the gun apart and re assembling it!

    Smiths' still use the basic 1898 design. The lock was added so they could be sold in states mandating their use.

    An older 642-1 or-2 will fill your bill nicely, but is only available in 38 Spl. The Lightweights with a dash and number are rated for CONTINUOUS use of +P ammo. The 642 no dash might exhibit difficult extraction with high velocity ammo. Close examination will disclose a beefier frame in those models rated for +P. NEVER use +P+ in an alloy gun unless it is a 357!!!
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