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Carryconcealed.net team reviews the Smith & Wesson 637 Airweight

Personal Protection With The Power Of The SWAT Red Dot 

Everyone has seen movies of SWAT teams kicking in doors and shooting the bad guys with the "Red Dot". The "Red Dot" means you are about to be shot so stop what ever you are doing and give up. We tested the Smith & Wesson 637 with the Crimson Trace Laser Sighting System. Blake from Colorado is shown putting the S&W 637 through its paces. The model tested had the following specifications:

  • .38 S&W Special +P Rated
  • Non-Reflective Finish For Discrete Personal Carry
  • Crimson Trace® Laser Sighting System
  • Light Weight Airweight Package
  • "Bodyguard" Frame

The Crimson Trace® Laser Sighting System is built into the handle and has the official Smith and Wesson logo. It is not an after market add on to this pistol. It has a very clean and professional feel to the gun. The "Red Dot" activation is on the front of the handle easily activated by a left or right handed person. Out of the box the "Red Dot’ on our test model was 6 inches to the right and one inch too high at the 25 yard mark. This is easily changed with the two adjustment points on the handle using the tool provided in the box. Do not loose the tool, as it is very difficult to find one to match.

During our testing session we found that the red dot was very helpful in getting a good idea where your targeting, but getting the "Red Dot’ to activate and locate the target required some practice. If you do purchase any laser sighting system, practice at the range with and without the system. Practicing at home with the laser and an empty gun would also be recommend. During these practice sessions treat the gun as if it were loaded and make sure family members are behind you or out of the house. The "Red Dot" may be able to get you out of a situation with out firing the gun if the bad guys see the dot and change their behavior prior to getting shot. However, do not rely totally on the laser system, as you may not have time to turn it on or you may worry too much about activating the laser rather than shooting. Total familiarity with your home defense tool will help in any situation. Pictured is one of our female students after practicing with a lot of other pistols, and deciding on the 637.

The lightweight of the Smith and Wesson Airweight will help when you decide to carry this on a daily basis. While it is easy to carry the lightweight may cause more recoil. For women they may not want to use .38 +P loads to help with reducing recoil. Simple hollow point defense loads would work better for anyone wanting stopping power with the reduced recoil.

Retail Price: $774

Model: 637
Caliber: .38
Capacity: 5 Rounds
Barrel Length: 1 7/8"
Front Sight: Integral Front
Rear Sight: Fixed
Grip: Crimson Trace Laser Grips
Frame: Small - Chiefs Special Style
Finish: Matte
Overall Length: 6 3/8"
Material: Alloy
Weight Empty: 15 oz.

The reviewers gave the Smith & Wesson Model 637 5 out of 5 stars on the total package of the light weight .38 and the integration of the Crimson Trace® Laser Sighting System. We recommend that the use of laser systems in personal defense is a 3 out of 5 stars. This is due to the fact that the ‘Red Dot" may be able to get you out of a situation with out firing a shot, but most people will not practice enough to be proficient with the laser sighting system and it may be a detriment in a gun fight.

Clark - Carryconcealed.net