I used to have in my description of myself over there on the sidebar that I was a "Subconscious Nonconformist," and in the midst of all this internet snubby H8, I just proved it by going out and buying a Smith and Wesson 642. At least it isn't pink.
5-shot, 38 special +p, aluminum frame, stainless steel cylinder/barrel. Just about $375 out the door, or nearly as cheap as a Taurus analog. No sights to speak of. Smaller grip than my XD9 Sub Compact. And it's so light (fully loaded I weighed it at 16.9 oz, compared to the 32.2 that is the loaded XD) that I can put it in my pocket with ease, but not so light that feel like I'm going to break it.
But I'm sure all you came here for is to look at some pretty pictures. So without further ado:
Notice: no lock! considering that if I had got one with a lock the first thing I would have done was disable it, this way I don't have to go and find any sharp tools, and the gun doesn't have an ugly hole in the side! Double score!
In the hand. You can compare this picture to the similar shot of the XD here.
While I was out and about I also picked up a DeSantis Nemesis pocket holster. Still on the list is a couple of speed strips.
And here is a side-by-side with the XD. The 642 is roughly the same height and length as the XD, but it is much thinner in all areas but the cylinder. When I put it in my pocket it doesn't look as much like I have a couple of bricks in there, and more importantly, it doesn't feel like there's a couple of bricks in there.
Hopefully I can get out and shoot it sometime soon. Then you'll probably get a post of me telling how much it hurts my wrists.
So there you have it. It's small and pocketable. It's my tax-return BAG-day gun. And at a time when things like these are rampant, it's my vote of no-confidence in the economy and the current administration.
I guess now I should go and get one of those "Security Provided by Smith and Wesson" bumper stickers for my truck.
Added: Link to range report.