Smith & Wesson Model 442
Country of origin



Smith & Wesson

Production began


Weapon type



.38 Special


Double-action only

Overall length

6.31 inches (16 centimeters)

Barrel length

1.88 inches (4.7 centimeters)

Weight empty

0.94 pounds (425.3 grams)

Magazine/Cylinder capacity

5-round cylinder

The Smith & Wesson Model 442 is a revolver built on Smith & Wesson's "J-Frame". It is chambered in .38 Special and is able to handle +P loads.


It is part of the Centennial line of revolvers introduced in 1952 to mark the 100 year anniversary of Smith & Wesson (though this particular model was not introduced until 1990). Because of its place in the Centennial line, this gun is also known as the S&W Model 442 Centennial. Recently, Smith & Wesson dropped the Centennial line (as their Centennial was over 50 years ago) but continues to produce this gun as simply the Model 442.

Design detailsEdit

The 442 is a Smith & Wesson J-frame revolver. It has a 5-round cylinder and a 2-inch barrel. The gun was constructed entirely of stainless steel until 1995 when it was switched to aluminum and designated "air-weight". For this reason the gun is also sometimes referred to as the S&W Model 442 Air-weight.

Unlike its counterpart, the Smith & Wesson Model 642, it features a blued finish.

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