The Model 642 is an American double-action snub-nose revolver made by Smith & Wesson as a part of their Centennial line of revolvers. The revolver is one of the most popular small frame revolvers available. It weighs about fifteen ounces unloaded and uses an internal hammer mechanism, allowing it to be easily concealable. The 642 has a barrel length of just under two inches long, and is chambered in .38 Special.
The Model 642 appears in Battlefield Hardline as the .38 Snub.
— In-game description
The .38 Snub is a weapon featured in Battlefield Hardline. It is the default sidearm for the Mechanic kit. Similar to the Sawed-off Shotgun, the weapon has no rails and has a very small frame, and is therefore unable to mount attachments. The only attachment it can use is its default Laser Sight.
Compared to the rest of the Mechanic's Revolvers, the .38 Snub has the lowest damage, smallest ammunition capacity (tied with the .410 Jury), and no attachments can be used (besides the Laser Sight). However, it has the significant advantage of having a high semi-auto firecap, allowing it to be very effective at finishing off wounded enemies or fighting in close quarters combat situations. The user should keep its small cylinder capacity of five rounds in mind, however, as the cylinder can be fired off in less than one second.
- During Hardline's June Beta, the Snub was the only sidearm available to the Operator kit. It was later given to the Mechanic when the kit was given sole access to the game's Revolvers.
- Also during the June Beta, the .38 Snub held six rounds in its cylinder. This was changed to the correct five-round capacity at some point afterwards.
- The .38 Snub, along with the .44 Magnum and .410 Jury, uses a Laser Sight that is attached to the frame near the pistol grip.