Smith & Wesson 640 "Centennial"

Smith & Wesson 640 "Centennial"

The Centennial’s snag free styling along with its fully encased DAO hammer design are two of its most popular selling points. Many fans of the Centennial also like to point out that the Centennial’s unusual “Quasimodo” humpback frame shape lends itself to an extremely high grasp on the backstrap for maximum recoil control. While theoretically true it needs to be pointed out that the hand can creep up only so far on the frame’s backstrap before the angle between the trigger finger and the line of force required to retract the trigger exceeds the point of diminishing returns.  Lacking access to the hammer spur also removes the ability to perform a quick high primer rotation check. In short I do not consider the encased hammer a praise worthy self-defense feature.  If limited to a single choice of a Chief Special, a Bodyguard or a Centennial I would always choose a Bodyguard first.

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