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The latest Performance Center gun for Smith is a version of their 442 complete with LG-105 laser grips and a stainless steel cylinder with high-polished cylinder flutes and a polished thumbpiece to give the gun a two-tone appearance. (Photos: S&W)
Building on the classic J-frame snub, Smith & Wesson’s new Model 442 variant includes factory Crimson Trace laser grips and a Performance Center action. Like the standard 442, the wheelgun is rated for continuous +P use, while the lightweight alloy frame and snag-free enclosed hammer are ideal for a compact carry revolver. Departing from the matte black carbon steel five-round cylinder in the standard gun, the Performance Center model uses a stainless cylinder with polished flutes. Meanwhile, the action has been professionally tuned for a lighter, smoother trigger pull.
“For over 50 years, the J-frame revolver has provided firearm owners with an excellent personal protection firearm, designed to be lightweight and well suited for concealed carry,” said Tony Miele, general manager of the Performance Center. “The new Performance Center Model 442 builds upon that heritage while delivering Performance Center enhancements designed to enrich the shooting experience.”
Note the polished plate screws and trigger as well, another upgrade from the standard 442.
Weight is 15 ounces while the 1.875-inch barrel allows for an overall length of 6.3-inches. Suggested retail price on the Model 442 Performance Center is $742. Keep in mind with that price that the CTC grips retail for $229 by themselves while the standard 442 Airweight without the Performance Center tweaks MSRP’s for $469.