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Frame locks on new revolvers.

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by bushmaster1313, Feb 14, 2011.

  1. bushmaster1313

    bushmaster1313 Senior Member

    Oct 26, 2008
    Peoples Republik of New Jersey
    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?
  2. Sam1911

    Sam1911 Moderator

    Oct 22, 2007
    Central PA
    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_&_Wesson) there is a section devoted to the internal lock.

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