s&W revolvers


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hedghog23
April 6, 2010, 09:45 PM
when did smith & wesson start installing hammer blocks?

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Oro
April 6, 2010, 11:25 PM
Late 1943 or early 1944 I believe. So all post-WWII guns have them, and all previous revolvers do not. You will obviously find WWII Victories with them, and some without. Some of those were also retrofitted.

ArkieVol
April 7, 2010, 12:15 AM
Due to dirt or grease causing a malfunction of the hammer block then in use during WW II, a dropped K frame .38 revolver fired and killed a sailor. A "new style" hammer block was introduced in Dec. 1944 at serial #V769,000 (Victory model M&P).

In June 1946 the N frame .44 Hand Ejector Third Model incorporated the new style hammer block when production of the .44 HE resumed after WW II.

J frames resumed production in June 1949 with the new style hammer block.

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