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Smith and Wesson Performance Center 642 Stainless / Wood .38 SPL 1.875-inch 5Rds

Smith and Wesson Performance Center 642 Stainless / Wood .38 SPL 1.875-inch 5Rds

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Quick Overview
Performance center by Smith & Wesson - Where fit meets performance. This variation on the model 42 Centennial Airweight is a revolver that you will find yourself wanting to shoot time after time at the range. Combining old world craftsmanship with modern technology, this revolver is fantastic for competition and casual shooters alike. Grab your very own from GrabAGun today for the cheapest price online!

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Stephen C on Jun 28, 2019
Performance Center gun with action job and cut for moon clips, and no lock. Great value for the price.
Stephen A on Jun 25, 2019
performance center.
Stephen C on Jun 28, 2019
Good gun at a great price
Jesse K on Jun 25, 2019
Performance Center gun with action job and cut for moon clips, and no lock. Great value for the price.
Stephen A on Jun 25, 2019
Beautiful gun. great price, no lock, PC!
Joseph E on Jun 24, 2019
My son, a police officer, recommended this gun.
Kathy H on May 19, 2019
Can’t beat the price value for a PC gun
Louis D on May 6, 2019
Reliable backup concealed carry weapon.
Michael F on Apr 18, 2019
For concealed carry, this gun is a perfect fit and suits my needs perfectly. And, Grabagun has the best price around.
Alan T on Apr 10, 2019
Peter A H on Apr 3, 2019
M S on Mar 29, 2019
Previous experience with buying from GAG, price, and reviews outlining the advantages of the performance center variant of the 642.
Paul C on Mar 22, 2019
for the price its the best value, no need to upgrade trigger.
under stress ….things become more difficult. For someone not highly trained with the other best option p238, this is it..... handbag ready ect ect
Jennifer W on Mar 19, 2019
I ordered this because I wanted a nice revolver and it seemed like a good price for a quality gun.
Brandon T on Mar 4, 2019
Reputation, reliability, manufacturer's upgrade over stock version.
brian s on Mar 1, 2019
My local dealers couldn't find one at a reasonable price.
Troy H on Feb 27, 2019
I chose the S&W 642 for conceal carry and because of the Performance Center mods.
Stephen F on Feb 6, 2019
Perfect for summertime concealment Performance Center upgrades great price
Brian J on Jan 27, 2019
No key hole lock and LOOK at everything you get for the price! GAG pricing is Amazing! This is my very first time ordering a firearm online, so far smooth and simple. I will be ordering again from GAG. Thank you very much!
Gary on Jan 20, 2019
good price....good reviews.
Ted L on Jan 6, 2019
Trigger pull and style...
CARL E. M on Jan 4, 2019
No lock and performance center trigger. I like the looks of the chromed trigger also.
Ronald on Dec 31, 2018
Great price, much better than local dealers.
Paul R on Dec 22, 2018
good price!!
James S on Sep 3, 2018
Perfect pocket carry piece for the long hot Texas summer and the performance center upgrade is well worth the extra money to me.
Jeffrey L on Aug 29, 2018
Performance center and rebates
JENNIFER P on Aug 28, 2018
Rebate and performance center
John F on Aug 21, 2018
Good gun at a great price
Jesse K on Jun 25, 2019
Beautiful gun. great price, no lock, PC!
Joseph E on Jun 24, 2019
single & double action?
Scott on Dec 11, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Double action only
However the action is so smooth you can stage the shot by stopping the trigger when the cylinder rotates and locks in fire position
At this point the action is staged enabling you to precisely aim before the last bit of trigger pull to fire the weapon
It is almost as good as single action with practice (dry firing helps develop this method)
Is this gun cut for moon clips?
Anthony on May 23, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it is. Several are included in the OE package. I think the other improvements are more important (particularly the tuned action). Well worth the modest additional cost over the standard model.
4.9 / 5.0
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Great Revolver...... but...
Nice price when I purchased mine. First five rounds and the trigger would not reset. This was not discovered upon dry firing in the store on pickup.

I was going to return to S&W, but removed the side plate and detail stripped the action. There was so much grit in the action that prevented the trigger from resetting. Cleaned this all up and found a small burr on the rebound slide and hit this with a extra fine stone and heavily lubed all internals with TW25B grease.

Loaded up my snap-cap dummy ammo and dry fired about 100 times. The trigger reset issue was resolved. Since I had to pull the side plate to clean out the action again I installed an Apex spring and firing pin kit.

This is now the smoothest action I have ever had an a J-Frame.
July 21, 2019
1 month ago
The rubber edges of the grip peel away from the frame under light pressure, but return to snug fit when pressure is removed.
July 18, 2019
1 month ago
This was a great buy. Performance Center action was excellent and worth the up charge from the standard 642. Service from the Grab a gun staff and in the retail location was also excellent and efficient.
July 18, 2019
1 month ago
beautifull, light weight, carry in ankle holster. slicked up by the performance center. 50 rounds of federal white box at the range, great grip retention and comfort.
May 29, 2019
3 months ago
The best snubnose package available.
The PC version of the 642 is definitely worth the very modest additional cost over the standard model. The tuned action alone makes this about the best snubnose revolver available. Add in the moon clips and the pretty but functional grips, and there's little else out there that even comes close. The other cosmetics (like the polished flutes) are pure gravy.
May 23, 2019
1 year ago
Great Gun!
I did a lot of research before deciding on this gun for carry. That said, it does not disappoint. The quality is outstanding, and Grab-a-gun not only had the best price, but the transaction was seamless. I would highly recommend them and would use them again with future purchases. I bought two of these revolvers and both arrived in perfect condition...visually could not distinguish the difference between the two. The only difference was, one did have a lighter, smoother trigger pull than the other. Still, though, even the heavier-pull trigger was an improvement over the standard 642. To me, the Performance Center is well worth the extra money for what you get. Great gun!
May 2, 2019
4 months ago
Great service and an even greater carry weapon.
Great carry piece. I love it ! After firing many revolvers of this size and type, the trigger pull really blew me away. I am way, way more accurate with this model than with other light weight snubs. I would purchase again in am instant.
April 27, 2019
4 months ago
Great little pocket gun!
Great gun! Accurate but had higher hopes for the trigger It’s better than the non performance center version but the trigger isn’t any better than a GP100 double action pull.
Great gun! Trigger is a lot better than the non performance center version but I had higher hopes.
Great gun! Trigger is a lot better than the non performance center version but I had higher hopes.
March 24, 2019
5 months ago
Fantastic Gun!
This is the first Performance Center firearm I have purchased. The trigger action is so smooth. It is a double action trigger but it is easily staged as to the point of firing.
February 27, 2019
6 months ago
Great gun at a great price. Shipped fast. This site is like the amazon of the gun world. Very happy.
February 7, 2019
7 months ago


Performance Center 642 Features

The Model 642 is a variation on the Model 42 Centennial Airweight that integrates the time-tested features of the original with modern advancements and competition specifications and features. The Performance Center is the ultimate expression of old-world craftsmanship and modern technology. This model is P rated and has a snag-free enclosed hammer. It features a subtle two-tone silver finish with a matte aluminum alloy frame and stainless steel barrel, cylinder, and custom black synthetic grip with wood inserts.

Performance Center 642 Specifications

  • Family: 642 Series
  • Model: Performance Center 642
  • Type: Revolver
  • Action: Double Action Only
  • Finish: Matte Silver - Two Tone
  • Frame: Alloy Frame
  • Grips: Custom Synthetic W/wood Insert
  • Caliber: 38 Special
  • Capacity: 5
  • Barrel: 1 7/8"
  • Overall Length: 6.31"
  • Sights: Fixed
  • Additional Info: Chrome Plated/Polished Trigger
  • Additional Info: High Polish Thumbpiece/Screws
  • Additional Info: High Polish Cylinder Flutes
Additional Information

Additional Information

Manufacturer Smith and Wesson
SKU GAG_LS-10186
Condition New in Box
Action Type No
Caliber .38 SPL
UPC 022188866360
Model Performance Center 642
Type No
Manufacturer Part Number 10186
Accessories No
Barrel Length 1.875
Finish Per Color Stainless
Capacity 5
Firing Casing No
Frame Per Material No
Hand No
Sights No