The Smith & Wesson Model 640 hammerless .357 has been heralded as the best J-frame revolver and we are going to take a look at just what makes this gun so great. We will be taking a look at the specifications of the Model 640 as well as the pros and cons of each.
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To start, I've compiled a list of specifications provided by the manufacturer that I will be referring to throughout this review:
Barrel Length: 2.13″
Overall Length: 6.63″
Weight (unloaded): 1.38 lbs (22.1 oz)
Sights: Dovetail 3-dot tritium night sights
Action: Double-action only
External Safety: None
Ammo Capacity: 5 rounds
trigger pull weight: ~15 lbs
Included Accessories: Three Moon Clips
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The Smith & Wesson J-Frame revolvers have been a popular and reliable choice since 1950 and come in a variety of calibers, for this review we will be focusing on the Model 640 .357 caliber. This revolver is designed to fire a full power round while being simple and easy to use.
The Model 640 is a hammerless revolver which has made it a popular choice for concealed carry holders and home defense. The sleek design makes snagging the hammer on your pocket or clothing a thing of the past and since the firing mechanism is internal its guaranteed to work every time.
The small barrel length of just 2.13" means it is an ideal option to carry on your person while being comfortable to conceal. Another great factor of the Model 640 is its weight which is quite light at just 22.1 oz. It comes with dovetail 3-dot tritium night sights which are simple to use and fairly accurate.
While the Model 640 does not have an external safety, all revolvers have an internal safety which prevents it from accidentally discharging if it's dropped. It's a double-action only revolver and as a bonus, it comes standard with three moon clips which make loading this beauty a breeze.
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Each moon clip holds 5 rounds and while this is not a lot when compared to semi-automatic handguns, the larger caliber and reliability make the trade worth it. Finally, the Model 640 rings in at just $839, a great price for such a quality revolver that will last you so long you'll find yourself passing it on to grandchildren.
Perhaps my biggest gripe with this gun has to do with the grip, while it is fitted to your hand and comfortable to hold the grip texture is not my favorite but that is more preference than an objective issue with the gun.
Lastly, I've included a short video with some tips from former FBI instructor and veteran police officer Rick Gore on how to fire the Model 640 .357 and some common mistakes gun owners make when firing this gun.
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That's it! If you were looking for a good sidearm for self-defense or even a fun gun for the hobbyist, the Model 640 will suit you just great. It's got just the right combination of stopping power and modern technology that you could ask for in a revolver and for the low price of $729 you won't be disappointed.
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IF I purchased one of these I'd load it with 38 sp. 158grn JHP to reduce the recoil. Because weighting in at 1.40lbs loaded , it will have some notable recoil for smaller or lighter people (Ladies) if using 357mags rounds.
I have several travel weapons , but my Conceal Carry is a simple SW-422 loaded with 22lr with 3 x 10rd clips. It has ZERO Recoil and I can shoot soft balls @ 25-40ft all day.