Wasting no time, I started in on my new Smith and Wesson 642.
Before any action...
The recoil is, shall we say, stout. I think it even shook free a couple splinters I had in my hand. It was also very managable, though, and highly entertaining. It actually seemed to get easier to shoot as the box of ammo dwindled--I don't know if it was because I was getting used to it or because my hand was going numb! I went through 50 158 grain standard velocity rounds and 5 130 grain +p rounds. I couldn't really tell the difference between them--could the extra weight of the standard velocity rounds canceled out the added velocity of the +p's? Or perhaps I just wasn't paying attention. By the end I was getting my groups down into reasonable sizes, but obviously need some more work:
I just used this target because it's what I found in the bottom of my range bag--didn't actually run the dot torture test.
The squares are from one cylinder's worth (I was aiming at the 3 circle), and the circles are from the next (aiming at the 9), in case you were wondering.
And now some empty brass and a dirty revolver:
Am I OCD? Well, let me just say that after I took this picture I put all the spent brass safely one by one back into the carton.
After I put the revolver away I ran a couple of magazines through my XD just so I didn't forget how to use it--My Word the trigger is so much lighter on it than the revolver! Then I switched to my dad's buckmark, and was surprised again how easy it is to shoot. I think I went about this all wrong... aren't you supposed to START with the .22 and work your way up to the heavier recoiling things?
Then as I was driving away I stopped to take this picture, just to give you an idea of of the area:
So there's my meandering thoughts after my first time shooting the 642. Stout but manageable, and I like it a lot. Really, a lovely pocket gun. I am still thinking about some different grips--something roughly the same size as these stock ones, but a with little bit more width to them--any suggestions?
Added: Link to Grip Bleg