S&W Performance Center Introduces Model 442 Revolver

S&W Performance Center Model 442 Revolver
S&W Performance Center Model 442 Revolver

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., – -(AmmoLand.com)- Performance Center announced today that it has added a new, lightweight J-frame revolver to its growing line of unique concealed carry revolvers.

The new S&W Performance Center Model 442 revolver features the popular internal hammer design that is ideal for every day carry, providing a snag-free draw and quick holstering. This new revolver includes a number of hallmark Performance Center enhancements, including a sleek two-tone finish, high-polished features, Crimson Trace LG-105 Lasergrips, and a Performance Center Tuned Action.

Tony Miele, General Manager of the Performance Center, said, “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. The new Performance Center Model 442 builds upon that heritage while delivering Performance Center enhancements designed to enrich the shooting experience. Shipping from the factory with Crimson Trace Lasergrips, the Performance Center Model 442 is a fantastic choice for concealed carry.”

Designed for concealed carry, the Performance Center Model 442 includes a Crimson Trace LG-105 laser grip with red laser for quick target acquisition in less-than-ideal lighting conditions. Chambered in .38 S&W Special +P, this new revolver is double action only with a five round capacity. Additional features include a stainless steel cylinder with high-polished cylinder flutes; a high-polished thumbpiece, plate screws, and trigger; and a Performance Center tuned action for a smoother, lighter trigger pull.

The Performance Center Model 442 revolver has an MSRP of $742. For more information about the Performance Center Model 442, including spec sheets and images, please click here.

For more information on Smith & Wesson products, please visit www.smith-wesson.com.

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I love my 442. It’s not from the Performance Center but it’s fine for me. Mine has no lock, and I see S&W has wisely not put one on this 442.


This article tells me enough to know that S&W is not for me. I have never owned one and now I know I won’t. I agree with Gigori, if the gun is not accurate why pay the big bucks for it. Close only counts in horseshoes.


Thank You, Tomcat!!!!!!!! I was beginning to lose my faith in posters on here having or understanding common sense! Unfortunately, it has become so uncommon anymore as to be like a super power!

Dave Betker

I can’t understand how much accuracy you need for 7 yard shots. That’s what this kind of gun is intended for. If you’re shooting at more than that range get something with a 4″ or 6″ barrel. This accuracy concern for basically a “belly gun” makes little sense. Been there, done that, let’s stop being silly….


The 442 needs an adjustable or replaceable front sight. Mine shoots way left. S&W will replace the barrel for $75, but that is no assurance that it will shoot to POA.


They didn’t even offer to do that for me. Of course, with no guarantee it would shoot to point of aim beyond their “standard” (what a joke) of ten yards, I probably wouldn’t have taken them up on it, anyway.

Rick Boulis

I took the laser grips off my 442, wasn,t enough grip to get a good hold, I shoot it at 25 yds. and it shoots good. no accuracy problems at all. I was under the impression that you should only use deadly force when someone was to do great bodily harm to you or put there hands on you. your not supposed to shoot across parking lots to defend someone else.


Okay Rick, so, if someone is lobbing rounds at you from 25, 50, or 100 yards away, are you telling me you wouldn’t feel threatened? Seriously? If you encounter an active shooter at a mall, Wal-Mart, church, a parking lot, or wherever, and he is 25 yards away and you can hit at that distance, you wouldn’t try and take him down if you had a clear field of fire with no bystanders in the way or behind him? That would be 100% legally defensible, whether protecting yourself, and/or others! You didn’t really think much before posting that comment, did… Read more »

Roy D.

As Dirty Harry once said: “A man has to know his limitations.” I guess you know yours.




Pretty gun, but unless and until S&W abandons their stupid 10 yard “standard”, whereby if it hits the target at ten yards it meets company “standard” and they will not correct defeciencies at 15, 25, or more yards, no way in hell would I gamble that much money on a gun that may be useless at distances farther than across a card table.


How big is your card table? How many guns battles over 30 ft are you engaging in or have ever engaged in?


Thus far none. Hopefully, for the foreseeable future it will remain that way. That said, hopes are not always reality. Any gun I carry, I expect to enable me to make hits on a target at 25 yds or farther. So did my last department where I have to qualify once a year. Just because I might be reduced to engaging a bad guy(s) with a 5-shot J-frame, it doesn’t mean I should not expect to be able to hit him at a reasonable distance. A lot of people are happy with the dumbed-down standards for police and their guns.… Read more »

Scotty Gunn

Yes, most self defense occurs at five feet or less. The world is changing around us, though. Now, you have active shooters, terrorists,etc popping up almost anywhere at random. Considering this, though, you shouldn’t be packing a 5 shot snubbie.


You almost get it, Scotty! Occasionally, mode of dress and other situations dictate something less than your standard loadout. If I have one such gun that performs to 25 yards satisfactorily, why is it unreasonable to desire and expect another of the same model to do likewise? Usually, tge 5-shot .38 or .380 auto are backups for the main piece in case it goes down, which can and does happen with mechanical things. If it goes, I still want something I am competent with at a reasonable distance. Seen dozens of J-frames over the years that would shoot accurately to… Read more »


The 10 yard is WAY within the range of a concealed carry weapons intended mission.


Uh, no. Even at my advanced age and lessening visual capability, I can put all five rounds from a properly-sighted 442 into the torso of a B-27 style silhouette target at 25 yards and beyond. I have a couple of NAA mini rebolvers in .22LR that can do likewise. That S&W made the 442 I can do this with in 2013 yet refuses to fix my 2017 purchased 442 so that it will do likewise (shoots waaay left) tells me they have dumbed their standards down to an unacceptable level. Unfortunately, by your comment, it would appear that such dumbing… Read more »


If it’s dead on at 10 yards, how can things go crazy at 15 and 20….??


Hi Larry! It isn’t exactly “dead on” at 10 yards, but close. As you get farther from a target with any gun, minor errors in sighting, jerking the gun, or whatever are amplified considerably. At 25 yards, you are more than double your distance from ten.


I agree with James that 10 yards is within the range of the intention of carrying concealed and defensive shooting. Anything more and you will be explaining to a judge why you felt threatened and why you didn’t just walk away. Whether your skilled enough to hit a target more than 10 yards away isn’t the point at all. BTW, most defensive shootings occur under 7 yards.


Common ignorant comment. As I noted elsewhere, what if your shooting isn’t “most” shootings? You could be in a small (or large) church, mall, Wal-Mart, or similar, when an active shooter starts popping off rounds and easily have 25 yards more or less between you and the bad guy. Those DO happen from time to time. If you are the only good guy in the place with a gun, do you want to have confidence in your gun and skills to deal with him beyond seven yards, or do you want to find a piece of furniture to hide under… Read more »


If you’re concerned about incoming rounds from beyond 7 yards, the answer is simple, don’t carry a snubbie!!


Common ignorant comment, Don.
As I noted elsewhere on here, what if your shooting isn’t “most” shootings? In most any church, mall, or store, you could easily be looking at 25 yards between yourself and an active shooter, maybe more. If someone is lobbing rounds at me from 100 yards away, he is a legally defensible threat. Do you people even think before you post some of this silliness?


Wow, Frank! Great idea. Wish I’d thought of that gem. Oh wait, I already did. I normally carry something more substantial, but a .38 J-frame or a keychain .380 also rides on me as backup. Ever see a semi-auto experience major malfunction on the range, such as broken extractor or ejector, perhaps a spring? I have. Guess what? It can happen in a combat situation, too. Hence the J-frame or .380. Any J-frame or .380 I carry will put a full cylinder or mag in the torso of a man size silhouette at 25 yards or farther or I don’t… Read more »

Jim Hovater

I’d prefer it with an XS BigDot front sight rather than a laser.

Roy D.

Where is the “Hillary” hole?


I believe internal hammer models don’t have the lock.

Steve Rock

Among other things, they should divorce her. Her and Bill have been out of the WH for almost 20 years now, yet S&W insists on inflicting this defilement of their guns on customers. This much-hated “feature” has cost them a lot of revolver sales yet they cling to it as though it is something they must do, save for a few J-frames they have rightfully chosen to leave it off of.