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Smith & Wesson Model 642

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Smith & Wesson Model 642 Airweight - .38 Special
Smith & Wesson Model 642 Airweight - .38 Special
Smith & Wesson Model 642 Ladysmith Airweight - .38 Special

The Model 642 is built on Smith & Wessons's "J-Frame". It is part of the now defunct "Centennial" line of revolvers that were introduced in 1952 to mark the 100 year anniversary of Smith & Wesson. Because of its place in the Centennial line, this gun is also known as the "S&W Model 642 Centennial". Later Smith & Wesson dropped the centennial line (their centennial was over 50 years ago) but continues to produce this gun as simply the Model 642.

The Centennial line took concepts from the Smith & Wesson Safety Hammerless, mainly the DAO, hammerless design.

The gun was constructed entirely of stainless steel until 1995 when it was switched to aluminum and designated "airweight". For this reason the gun is also sometimes refereed to as the "S&W Model 642 Airweight".


(1952 - Present)

  • Type: Revolver
  • Caliber(s): .38 Special
  • Weight: 0.94 lbs (0.425 kg)
  • Length: 6.31" (16.0 cm)
  • Barrel length: 1.87" (4.8 cm)
  • Capacity: 5-round cylinder
  • Fire Modes: DAO

The S&W Model 642 has been used by the following actors in the following movies:


Title Actor Character Note Date
Extreme Justice A getaway driver 1993
The Firm Wilford Brimley William Devasher 1993
Last Man Standing (1995) Steve Eastin Lt. Darnell Seagrove 1995
Recoil Gary Daniels Det. Ray Morgan 1998
Recoil Sloan's bodyguards 1998
Belly Stan Drayton Wise 1998
Az Born
The Limey Nicky Katt Stacy the Hitman 1999
The Limey Barry Newman Avery 1999
Liberty Stands Still Wesley Snipes "Joe"/Alex 2002
Cradle 2 the Grave A thug 2003
Déjà Vu Denzel Washington ATF Agent Doug Carlin 2006
Anaconda 3: Offspring Anthony Green Captain Grozny 2008
Anaconda 3: Offspring Crystal Allen Amanda Hayes 2008
Anaconda 3: Offspring Patrick Regis Nick 2008
Anacondas: Trail of Blood Alexandru Potocean Roland 2009
Smokin' Aces Alicia Keys Georgia Sykes 2007
Guardian Angel (Schutzengel) Tim Wilde Nicholas kept in ankle holster 2012


Show Title Actor Character Note/ Episode Air Date
The Sopranos Carjacker "Commendatori" (S2E04)
The Shield Danni Sofer 2002-2008
Hawaii Five-0 "Ka Hakaka Maikai" (S2E06) 2011-2012
Modern Family Sofia Vergara Gloria Delgado-Pritchett "Virgin Territory" (S3E16) 2012
Modern Family Julie Bowen Claire Dunphy 2012
Revolution Elizabeth Mitchell Rachel Matheson "The Love Boat" (S1E16) 2013
Burn Notice Gabrielle Anwar Fiona Glenanne "Forget Me Not" (S7E02) 2013
Brooklyn Nine-Nine Andy Samberg Detective Jake Peralta "The Pontiac Bandit Returns" (S2E10) 2014
NCIS: New Orleans Callie Thorne Sasha Broussard "More Now" (S01E17) 2015

Video Games

Title Appears as Mods Note Date
Battlefield Hardline .38 Snub 2015
Phantom Doctrine ".38" Can be modified with pistol suppressor, speedloader, various kinds of ammunition, barrel, "receiver" and trigger modifications. 2018

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