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K & L Frames

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Walkalong, Apr 9, 2007.

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  1. Walkalong

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    What are the differences in the K & the L frame. Thanks, AC
     
  2. 19-3Ben

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    L is slightly larger and was made to be able to handle a higher number of .357 mag rounds than the K could.

    Others will be able to give more specifics.
     
  3. Eightball

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    L is heavier and larger, lending itself to better control of the .357 and is able to handle other, larger rounds.

    Had a 6-shot 65 .357 K once, traded it for a 7-shot, .357 Smith 620 (L frame)--and man, I love my 620. The extra weight makes full-house .357 rounds feel much better.
    YMMV.
     
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    Although the L frame is, in fact, bigger and "beefier" than the K version, they both share the same size grip- grips should interchange so long as both revolvers have the same butt profile, i.e., square or round.
     
  5. ChristopherG

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    One man who had a hand in the design of the k-frame .357 put it this way:

    Think of the k-frame .357 as a .38 that has the ability to shoot .357's occasionally.
    Think of the larger .357's--like the L-frame, though it didn't exist at the time--as .357's that have the ability to shoot .38's occasionally (or really, ad nauseum).
     
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