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K frame with titanium cylinder?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by EMS_92, Mar 7, 2013.

  1. EMS_92

    EMS_92 Well-Known Member

    Odd question I'm sure, but does anyone know if S&w ever produced a titanium cylinder for a k frame .38? Thanks for any help
  2. 9mmepiphany

    9mmepiphany Moderator

    They did not.

    The only medium frame I recall that used a Ti cylinder was the L-frame...one in .357Mag and the other in .40
  3. bikemutt

    bikemutt Well-Known Member

    I think there was also a .44 special L-frame, can't recall the model right now, but I owned one a while back.
  4. 9mmepiphany

    9mmepiphany Moderator

    That was the M-696 which was a 5 shot L-frame.

    It was all stainless, no Ti cylinder...at least mine doesn't have one

  5. bikemutt

    bikemutt Well-Known Member

    Actually mine was the 396 Ti mountain lite now that I think about it.
  6. DC3-CVN-72

    DC3-CVN-72 Well-Known Member

    I have a S&W 17-8. It is a K-frame .22lr with a 6in. bbl. The finish is matt blue. It has a 10 shot alloy cyl. I'm not shure if it is TI. It was only made in '96. because they dident sell. I LUV mine !! :)

    I just noticed you are asking about a .38 spl. :uhoh:
    Last edited: Mar 8, 2013
  7. Gordon

    Gordon Well-Known Member


    296 .44 spl. and it's very rare 241 7 shot .38+p companion
    Ti but L frame with a smaller butt
  8. EMS_92

    EMS_92 Well-Known Member

    Very interesting examples. Love how more experienced revolver guys are willing to show an example of two :) I can't help but wonder if they could switch the bits on the tooling for titanium cylinders and put it on a k frame cylinder machine...IDK lol
  9. 9mmepiphany

    9mmepiphany Moderator

    Well, since I did only post a picture of a non-Ti L-frame, here is one with...M-646


    The tooling wouldn't be the problem.

    The question is if enough folks would be willing to pay the extra money a Ti cylinder would cost
  10. BigG

    BigG Well-Known Member

    I have a S&W 296 44 Special with Titanium cylinder.
  11. Bullet Bob

    Bullet Bob Well-Known Member

    "It has a 10 shot alloy cyl. I'm not shure if it is TI. "

    That one's aluminum. I love mine.
  12. WC145

    WC145 Well-Known Member

    What happened to the grey coating that was on your cylinder from the factory? Without that coating the cylinder face will get eaten away from shooting.
  13. 9mmepiphany

    9mmepiphany Moderator

    It wasn't Ti, it was aluminum.

    They went with the aluminum because it made it easier to machine in the 10 chambers
  14. BigG

    BigG Well-Known Member

    That's not really mine. It's a stock pic. Mine has the dull grey cylinder.

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