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Types of revolver frames

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Bravo11, Oct 8, 2003.

  1. Bravo11

    Bravo11 Well-Known Member

    This has probably been asked before but here goes.
    Can anyone tell me the different revolver frame types and give an example of each.
    I own autos and don't know much about revolvers but I'm always hearing things like J frame, K frame, N frame, etc.
  2. ruger357

    ruger357 Well-Known Member

    J frame the smallest, ex. mod.36
    K frame is the next size up ex. mod.66
    N frame is a little biger ex. mod.629
    I think the mod.500 uses the X frame. The largest.
  3. BluesBear

    BluesBear member

  4. Standing Wolf

    Standing Wolf Member in memoriam

    Small, medium, large, and in between.

  5. chaim

    chaim Well-Known Member

    I don't know the Taurus and Ruger designations (if they even use letter designations). Colt and S&W use different designations. However, usually people seem to use the S&W designations (which they don't officially use anymore BTW) as an easy shorthand.

    Small-frame: J-frame

    Medium-frame: K-frame, though in the early 80s S&W came out with a beefed up medium frame that is still a medium frame revolver, the L-frame (the 586, 686, 581, 681, 696). The L-frame and Ruger GP 100 are about the same size and strength.

    Large-frame: N-frame

    The only Colt designation that I am really familiar with is the D-frame which is their small frame and just a tad bigger than the J-frame.
  6. ruger357

    ruger357 Well-Known Member

    Oops, forgot about the L-frame.

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