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S&W Model 1950

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by ford8nr, Apr 13, 2020.

  1. ford8nr

    ford8nr Member

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    Been eyeing a S&W Model 1950 Target in .45acp.
    What say you in the know ?
     
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  2. joed

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    Nice gun. I've never owned one but would like to have one. I have the .44 Spl version. You can't go wrong with that pistol in .45acp.
     
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  3. gotboostvr

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    I'm a big fan of 45acp N frames. I really like my 625JM.
     
  4. Driftwood Johnson

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    Howdy

    I have a Model 1955 Target Model. The difference being the Model 1950 has a tapered barrel, the Model 1955 has a heavy barrel. Mine left the factory in May of 1955. It is unusual in that it has smooth Rosewood grips.

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    Very wide .500 Target trigger and .500 wide target hammer

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    Accurate? You betcha. More accurate than me.

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    If I came across a nice Model 1950 I would be hard pressed to pass it up. By the way, although this model is designed to use half moon clips, I don't have any. It fires standard 45 ACP ammo just fine without clips, you just have to poke the empties out with a stick. Or, you could shoot 45 Auto Rim in it.
     
  5. PapaG

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    Shot one in bullseye around 1960. As accurate as any revolver I've ever owned, borrowed or tried.
     
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  6. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator Staff Member

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    I also have a 1955 Target, fabulous gun. Can only imagine the 1950 is as well.
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  7. StrawHat

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    I have a Model 1950 Military and a 25-2 (Model 1955 Target). Used to have a 1950 Target. The 1950 is a lighter revolver and in competition it is noticeable, especially at the end of a match. I sold mine to fund the 25-2.
    If you decide to pass on that 1950 Target, pm me where it is.

    Kevin
     
  8. Speedo66

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    Are the 1950 and 1955 based on the N frame?
     
  9. Kleanbore

    Kleanbore Moderator Staff Member

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    I have no use for one whatsoever.

    That said, I can easily imagine my coming home with one.

    The 1955 would most probably be better at the range. But given the choice, I would likely choose the 1950, if both were in the same condition.

    A call to El Paso Saddlery would follow within the day

    Yes, Speedo, they are N frame.
     
  10. Iggy

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    This is a model of 1950 ACP with a spare cylinder for 45 Colt.. Best of both worlds.
     
  11. ford8nr

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    I'm gonna rename this thread
    "Help me spend my money" :rofl:
     
  12. ford8nr

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    So how'd you end up with a spare cylinder ?
     
  13. Iggy

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    The guy I got it from is a pretty handy gunsmith.
    When he obtained it from an estate It had a 6 1/2” barrel that apparently had some bluing salts left under the front sight. It caused some rusting at the muzzle. He cut the barrel back to 5 ” and moved the sight back.
    He then had it nickel-plated by a well-known outfit.
    While all of this was going on he fitted the spare cylinder too.
     
  14. cfullgraf

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    I like the 45 ACP S&W Target revolvers. Mine is a 25-2 Model 1955 that left the factory around 1979-1980. It looks alot like Walkalong's.

    I'd jump at a chance to get a Model 1950 to go with it.
     
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  15. Walkalong

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    Indeed.
     
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  16. StrawHat

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    254887A2-7F1A-41EE-B622-990EF8BA6368.jpeg C2E34E1D-80DC-45FE-B0F6-CBEF00BC37DD.jpeg I mentioned the 1950 Military. Here is a couple of photos. The Model 1950s ( in 45 ACP) were continuations of the 1917 Army but with the post war improvements, including but not limited to, improved hammer block, better sights, and the new short action.

    Kevin
     
  17. adcoch1

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    That would be perfect with a lanyard ring...
     
  18. Master Blaster

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    My understanding is that a model 1950 Target is a pretty rare gun.
    I have a model 25-2 which also says model 1955 on the barrel and I have a 22-4 which has the model of 1950 on the barrel.

    Most early 5 screw Model 1950's were fixed sight taper barrel guns, and they are even rare and expensive. Apparently they also made some 25-2 guns in the 1970s that said model of 1950 on the barrel....But they are also expensive and somewhat rare.

    The 22-4 was a re-release in the Early 2000's (2002?) some had the Ugly Thunder Ranch Logo in gold on them. Mine was a later one with no logo and 5 screws, and the hole.
    Mine is a 4" fixed sight taper barrel. It is very accurate and has a really nice polished blue finish, a fifth screw (really its a 4 screw).

    Smith & Wesson continued the tradition of putting a name on the barrel of these .45 acp revolvers even after model numbering started.

    So is your 1950 a re-release, a 25-2 or is it and original 5 screw hammer on the firing pin vintage gun?
     
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  19. entropy

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    Get it. The only .45 ACP revolver I want more is the Colt 1917, and that only because I love Colts and the WWI &II history. But the 1950 Target is only bested by the 1955, IMO.
     
  20. Dave T

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    I have a M25-2 which came to me (used) with a Model of 1950 tapered 6.5" barrel. I used it to build a blue steel, 45 ACP Mountain Gun, something the factory never offered.

    Dave
     
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  21. StrawHat

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    9F0C68C0-8BE0-4676-909F-E3E4CA477AB5.jpeg 6048AF1F-CAE5-455D-B59F-868B2CFBA160.jpeg The 22-4 version of the 1950 Military.

    Kevin
     
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  22. StrawHat

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    Dave,

    Something like this?

    Kevin
     
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  23. peacemaker45

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    Smith could definitely build lovely guns when they put their mind to it, then. I've got a Model 14, made in 1959. It's the K Frame cousin of the 1955, and a beautifully fit and finished revolver.
     
  24. Dave T

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    Very much like that except for the stocks, mine has flat sided S&W Combat stocks, and my barrel says 45 not 357. Overall appearance of the gun itself is nearly identical.

    Dave
     
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  25. ford8nr

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    Here is the suspect
     
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