Designed for carry, the Smith and Wesson model 442 AirWeight™ revolver gives you a lot of firepower in a very small, light package. Chambered for .38 Special, the 442 holds eight rounds, and can handle the pressures of .38 Special +P loads.

An aluminum alloy frame helps reduce the weight of the 442 to just 15 ounces, not much more than a small cordless phone. With a length of just over six inches, the AirWeight fits easily into a pocket, handbag or holster.

The model 442 has an internal hammer, eliminating the problem of snagging a hammer on the inside of a pocket.

It's fitted with Uncle Mike's Boot grips, which provide a cushioned hold on the revolver. The sights are fixed, and very low profile, again making this a good choice for pocket carry.

While the frame is aluminum alloy, the cylinder and barrel are carbon steel to withstand the pressure of +P loads.


Caliber: .38 S&W Special +P
Capacity: 5 Rounds
Barrel Length: 1-7/8"
Front Sight: Serrated Ramp
Rear Sight: Fixed Notch
Firing System: N/A
Grip: Uncle Mike's Boot
Trigger: .312" Smooth Target
Hammer: Internal
External Safety: N/A
Frame: Small
Finish: Black
Overall length: 6-5/16"
Material: Aluminum Alloy / Carbon Steel
Weight Empty: 15 ounces

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Smith and Wesson 442 Airweight Reviews:

Overall Rating: review stars,4 out of 5 possible stars 4 out of 5
By koko27
June 17, 2013

Primary use: Defense/Law Enforcement

"I bought this gun for self-defense. My main concerns as a woman purchasing my first gun were: ease of concealment, quality & reliability, and being safe to use. After careful consideration, I narrowed my choice down to the Smith & Wesson 442 and Ruger LCR. I liked the feel of the S&W better - the Ruger felt slightly cheap and toylike. I didn't consider semi-autos, because I like the simplicity and ease of use of revolvers. After a few range sessions, I can say I have no regrets about my decision to go with the S&W. This is a snappy little gun with some recoil, and the long, heavy trigger pull will take some getting used to, but this gun feels very comfortable to carry and handling/shooting it doesn't intimidate me. The gun has an internal lock which I will have a gunsmith remove. I plan to holster this gun and wear it everywhere!"

Overall Rating: review stars, 5 out of 5 possible stars 5 out of 5
By Auld Tymer, OK
April 10 2013

Primary use: Defense/Law Enforcement

"bought this light to carry projectile accelerator for protection (about 1999) while taxi driving. Never got heavy, so it was carried faithfully. I practiced drawing from a sitting position & this saved my life 3 different times. It does draw easy & its profile is difficult to make when it prints through clothing. It takes practice to get good at the long (but fairly smooth) heavy trigger, without going off target. The light weight definitly makes recoil more of an issue for those who are recoil sensitive, though I had no problem other than to better adjust my grip as my solution. Pretty accurate after practice with even +P loads, out to 25 yards (about 3 1/4 inches for 5 rounds)."

Overall Rating: review stars, 4 out of 5 possible stars 4 out of 5
By Hamish, Boynton Beach, FL
February 14, 2013

Primary use: Defense/Law Enforcement

"Shoots very well,but reloading is a pain. Very hard to open the chamber to reload."

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