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dos3885
January 21, 2009, 11:56
The S&W model 40 revolver has a grip safety, are there any others? My wife is too weak to rack the slide on a semi auto.

olgier
January 21, 2009, 12:12
you'd be better off without the backstrap safety. especially if she has weak hands. they usually require a firm grip to disengage the safety.

get her a regular revolver....... shouldn't need a safety on one anyway, as unless you're pulling the trigger, it's not going to go boom.

BUFF
January 21, 2009, 13:23
Originally posted by dos3885:

"The S&W model 40 revolver has a grip safety, are there any others?"

Yes, the S&W Model 42.

Yeah, I know, the aluminum framed version of the Model 40.

I have both. It doesn't take much pressure to depress them, but I have never understood how they make the gun "safer."

bykerhd
January 21, 2009, 14:05
She would probably be better off with the model without the grip safety.
While a loose grip won't do much for accuracy, the gun will still fire, if she can pull the trigger. The grip safety is going to require a good firm grip to deactivate it so the gun CAN be fired. And THAT may be an issue for her.

Those double action revolvers will not go off, with or without the grip safety, until the trigger is pulled all the way. Unless they are somehow damaged or defective. Pretty unlikely.

T210driver
January 21, 2009, 17:09
Originally posted by dos3885
The S&W model 40 revolver has a grip safety, are there any others? My wife is too weak to rack the slide on a semi auto.

Well it's not a revolver with a safety as you are looking for, but how bout a Beretta Tomcat. It is a tilt barrel loading semi in .32 auto. You don't have to rack the slide to load it.
Maybe an option??

later,
Derace

vmtz
January 21, 2009, 20:28
Got a Tomcat. Has been great and fires every time.

Fr. Vince

SWOHFAL
January 21, 2009, 23:33
Originally posted by dos3885
The S&W model 40 revolver has a grip safety, are there any others? My wife is too weak to rack the slide on a semi auto.

Answer to a problem that doesn't exist.

Some Webley Mk IV revolvers have one also.

johnnycobra
January 22, 2009, 08:23
Look for a DAO like the 642, 442 as well. You have to be intentionally pulling the trigger to make them go off.

dos3885
January 22, 2009, 09:50
Thanks for replys guys. Jonny , what are 642 & 442 DAO?

0007
January 22, 2009, 10:00
The 40/42 were the last iteration of the old "lemon-squeezer" Smiths. My dad's alive because of that feature on the old ones, so I kind of like the idea.

johnnycobra
January 22, 2009, 10:21
Originally posted by dos3885
Thanks for replys guys. Jonny , what are 642 & 442 DAO?

642 is aluminum
442 is blackened aluminum
Double Action Only with a hammer that is covered. You will always only have a "heavy" double action pull, no way to cock the hammer for single action shooting.

Pretty darned hard to accidently pull the trigger on one of these and no hammer to snag a pocket. They are 5 shooters.

badt00d
January 22, 2009, 13:16
Smith made or makes a 042, as well. I've only seen one. Don't recall what it was made of, but it was black aluminum, I believe. The 640 and 642 is one helluva nice design. No snag out of the pocket.