Frame locks on new revolvers.


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bushmaster1313
February 14, 2011, 09:05 PM
What's with the ugly hole on the left side of the new S&W's?

Is it on all S&W's?
Why did they do it?
Is it a liability thing or a deal with the devil?
Anyone else following their lead?

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Sam1911
February 14, 2011, 09:12 PM
Do a Google search on "S&W internal lock" or "Hillary Hole." I'm surprised you've just noticed as they've been HOTLY vilified for years now.

It is both a liability thing AND a deal with the devil. It was introduced when S&W was purchased by Safe-T-Hammer during the Clinton years. Some S&W diehards refuse to ever buy a S&W with one. (Only two models are available without them these days, thought Smith has made some noise about phasing them out.)

Almost every other common handgun manufacturer has incorporated some kind of internal locking system in their handguns (and some long guns). Most, (like the S&W one) can be disabled or removed.

If you read the wiki page on S&W (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smith_%26_Wesson) there is a section devoted to the internal lock.

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