At seven yards shooting at a quick pace, Steve and Herman were able to keep all five rounds of .38 Special +P ammo in 1.5” groups. Those bullets hit where they were aimed, and at 25 yards we found the fixed sights dead on for point of aim/point of impact with two out of three loads tested, and about four inches high with 158 grain +P. Speaking of the 158-grain., full metal jacket Speer 158-grain +P gave the best 5-shot group of the test, at 3.60”, with the other four in 2.20” and the best three in 2.15”.
The PC 442 CT came out of the box shooting point of aim/point of impact, it went bang every time even with hard primers despite its light and very sweet double-action pull, and comes with the excellent Performance Center action and the Crimson Trace LaserGrips. Those latter elements save sending your own 442 off to a gunsmith, and a trip to the gunshop for the LaserGrip, and altogether I think this 15-ounce proven pocket gun is worth its more than worth its $742 suggested retail. See the new PC 442 CT at your nearest dealer, or for more information contact Smith & Wesson; Tel.: (800) 331-0852; Web: www.smith-wesson.com
Specifications: S&W 442 CT Performance Center .38 Special +P
Action: Double-Action Only
Caliber: .38 Special +P Rated
Barrel Length: 1.875 Inches
Grips: Polymer Crimson Trace LG-105