Like the title says, I just bought a new 642 at a local gun show. Now this is my first revolver so I have a few questions for you fellas. Do I need to lubricate the revolver since its new? Also is there a point in cleaning it like you would an autoloader? I'm sorry if i'm beating a dead horse, I just want to make sure I cover all my bases. Also, if there is anything I should know being a first time revolver owner the please clue me in!
It's easy........just take your time and read this thread linked below. It will get you started.
It gives the basics and a there are videos and youtube videos our there also for you to view. Just do a search on the internet.
Yes, clean your brand new gun and read up on lubing certain areas.
Just go slow the first few times so you get the hang of it.
ETA: One thing I would tell you is to not get anal about cleaning the face of the cylinder after firing the gun. Black carbon deposits itself on the face of the cylinder and it always happens when you fire the gun. Just clean that area with solvent as you would any other area. Maybe use a nylon or old toothbrush for that area. Don't try and get it all off everytime. It is a waste of time.
You can also call reputable companies like Brownells and Midway. Tell them you are new to revolvers and just bought a .38 Special snub nosed revolver. Ask them to hook you up with the proper solvents, cleaning rods, patches, brushes, etc. They will help you. That's what they are there for.
Midway has some videos that might be helpful in learning more about S&W revolvers:
Scroll down to the S&W Revolver Project, and you can see what they have
Also check out the http://smith-wessonforum.com
No hollywood flips, be careful with abrasives on the finish and cylinder and barrel bores, and follow the four rules- enjoy your new wheelgun.
eta, more to the point, I'd do a preliminary clean and lube on any new gun. No need to disassemble, unless you think there might be manufacturing debris (it happens) in the action. If you need to remove the sideplate, remember to always use precision ground screwdrivers that fit correctly, and never pry- tap the grip frame once the screws are out, and the sideplate will pop off. Keep your thumb on it so you don't drop it. ;)
As the recent purchaser of my first revolver (Smith model 67), this is excellent advice. Bud