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Revolver newbie questions

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Brick, Nov 16, 2004.

  1. Brick

    Brick Well-Known Member

    1. What do all the letter designations mean? like K frame, N frame, J frame, etc.

    2. Why are the majority of revolvers I see are double-action?

    3. What happened to modern single-actions? I don't care for the big bulge under the hammer in modern DA revolvers...

    Of course, I'd have to buy this single-action in .45 Colt...for history reasons...

  2. mete

    mete Well-Known Member

    S&W letters their frames according to size; J small, K medium,L large N extra large, and the new 500 [don't know the designation] super sized. Double action is just a technilogical improvement which was introduced about 150 years ago.Some people like the old days , flint lock etc.
  3. seeker_two

    seeker_two Well-Known Member

    .500 S&W is on the X-Frame.

    S&W also used to make an I-Frame (extra small) for it's .32 & .38S&W pocket guns, but it hasn't been in production in nearly 100 years.

    If you're interested in modern single-actions, check out the new offering from Ruger. The three-screw-sized SA's are back... :D
  4. First Person Shooter

    First Person Shooter Active Member

    2. Because a double action doesn't take 2 minutes to reload through a loading gate. You just swing open the cylinder and dump all off the cartridges out and put in new ones

    3. Ruger, Berretta, Navy arms,Uberti, and more companies than I can think of right now make them still. Ruger just came out with a Vaquero that looks EXACTLY like a SAA ( Single Action Army...the old peacemaker Colt)

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