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Why people love S&W revolvers

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by TarDevil, Feb 18, 2012.

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  1. TarDevil

    TarDevil Member

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    It isn't necessarily the guns (though sometimes it IS)... it's that some people can keep the millions of model numbers straight in their head and can discern the difference between the gazillion different .38 models they make.

    I need a Smith & Wesson for Dummies book!

    Ooops.... just saw the sticky!
     
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  2. gjamison

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    Standard Catalog of Smith&Wesson is a wealth of knowledge. Once you start learning about these revolver's it's very hard to stop. Also the S&W forum is a great place for info as well.
     
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    I only really know the K-frames by heart, the N-frames I know a few.

    I love my 19-3 and my 64-2.
     
  4. edwin41

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    close youre eyes and grab a smith ...
    feel it in your hands...
    put youre thumb on the hammer , and slowly pull it back...
    slowly pull the trigger till you hear the click....

    that my friend is WHY PEOPLE LOVE THE SMITH &WESSON !
     
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  5. the_hustleman

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    I'll pass, I hate revolvers

    *swyped from the evo so excuse any typos*
     
  6. buck460XVR

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    I've know folks that hate S&W revolvers, I know folks that hate Taurus revolvers, I know folks that hate Ruger revolvers. 'ell, I even know folks that don't love colt revolvers. But I didn't know it was possible to hate ALL revolvers. That just ain't right.
     
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    What he said
     
  8. PabloJ

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    Some S&W revolvers are KOOL. I especially luv the one chambered for .22CF (40gr @ 1700-1800fps oh yeh) that can also accept .22WRM with special steel chamber liners and flick of switch located in back of hammer. Super umber-kool piece built like a tank on the ubiquitous K-frame.

    The Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson by Supica and Nahas is must have reference.
     
  9. TarDevil

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    Sounds like my Colt Police Positive!! :)
     
  10. Tinman357

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    Why? Cuz they never shot a colt.
     
  11. rcmodel

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    No, actually it can't.

    The S&W Model 53 .22 Remington Jet shot .22 RF short, long, and long rifle with the supplied chamber inserts.
    Not the .22 Winchester Rimfire Magnum.

    rc
     
  12. Twiki357

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    Maybe things like this have something to do with it.
    First 15 rounds out of a new Model 637-2. :)
     

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    I thought some of the 53's came with an extra cylinder in .22Mag? Or could be just another one of those things I'm remembering wrong. They seem to be multiplying.
     
  14. rcmodel

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    No, they came with six .22 RF chamber adapters standard.

    They could be ordered with an extra .22 RF cylinder fitted.

    SCoS&W says there were reports of prototype .22 WMR inserts made by S&W, but not confirmed.
    They further say 24 .22 WMR inserts were made by the authors (Supica & Nahas), and they were a dismal failure, with cases sticking in the inserts, or splitting.

    All of them I ever saw had .22RF inserts, or an extra .22 RF cylinder.

    I think what lead to the confusion is, all the Model 53 barrels were stamped with ".22 Magnum", but it was the .22 centerfire ".22 S&W Jet Magnum", not the .22 WMR Magnum they were talking about.

    PS: Not to say there never was a Model 53 with an extra .22 WMR cylinder.
    But I think if there was, it is a .22 RF cylinder that has been re-chambered.

    rc
     
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  15. pendennis

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    CraigC wrote:
    According to the SCSW, the extra cylinders were for .22LR.

    The SCSW also reports that there were .22 WRM inserts made, but not confirmed. The "Magnum" roll mark denotes .22Centerfire Magnum (.22 Jet).

    One of the fellows at our club just sold his Model 53 to fund a Model 48. His had the extra .22LR cylinder.
     
  16. Driftwood Johnson

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    Well, I have a few Colts; two 2nd Gen Single Action Armies, a couple of Police Positive Specials, a Detective Special, and an Official Police.

    But I have lost count of how many Smiths I own. Probably getting close to four dozen at this point.

    The appeal of the modern S&W double action revolver to me has always been that I feel it is simply a better design than a Colt DA. Except for the Model 1899, all S&W double action revolvers with swing out cylinders latch the cylinder in two places, at the front of the ejector rod and at the rear of the cylinder. Of course there was the Triple Lock too, but that is a separate story. Colts only latch the cylinder at the rear, there is nothing latching the cylinder at the front of the ejector rod, to me that makes the S&W lock up a little bit more rigid.

    The other thing I have always preferred about Smiths is that they are more ergonomically designed, long before the word ergonomic was coined. To open a S&W, you push the thumb latch forward. To open a Colt you pull it backwards. Pushing the thumb forward is a much more natural motion. I can easily open a Smith with one hand if I care too. Opening a Colt requires hooking the thumb around the latch and pulling backwards. Just not as natural a motion.

    I also have always liked the way a Smith is designed so that when the cylinder is open you cannot pull the trigger or pull the hammer back. Easy to defeat by pulling the latch back, but it always seemed to me this was a good design from a basic safety standpoint.

    I have never much liked the 'v' shaped mainsprings that Colts use, I much prefer the simple, straight forward shape of a S&W mainspring. Easier to grind down the Smith spring shape if you want to lighten it.

    I have also always liked the fact that there is a strain screw for the S&W mainspring. If you want to lighten the hammer pull just a tad, back out the strain screw a half turn. No strain screw to adjust on a Colt.

    And for some unknown reason, I have always preferred the appearance of the S&W frame, with its egg shaped trigger guard. Just always looked more elegant to me than the 'lumpy' shapes of the various Colt trigger guards. Yeah, I know it is just style, but I have just always thought the S&W design was more elegant.

    When S&W came up with the K frame in 1899, I think they came up with the perfect size for a 38 caliber revolver. Whether it is an old M&P or the most modern version of the Model 10, the size is just right. The frame of the Colt Official Police is a bit bigger and heavier than is really needed for a six shot 38 Special revolver. The frame size of the Police Positive Special is smaller, but I really prefer a K frame Smith for a 38 Special. There were sure a lot of police departments that felt the same way for the majority of the 20th Century. Sales of S&W revolvers to police departments far outweighed Colt sales.

    The one thing I will say that was superior about Colts is the shape of the hammer. With the old long throw S&W hammers it was easy for the thumb to slip off the hammer spur when cocking the hammer if the shooter was not careful. Colts always had a hammer spur with a deep recess in front of the spur, where the tip of the thumb nestles when pulling back on the hammer. This allows a rolling action that tends to keep the thumb on the hammer spur. When S&W adopted the short throw hammer, they completely redesigned the hammer spur, putting a deep recess in front of the spur and cutting deep knurling. My thumb never slips off the hammer spur of a short throw S&W.

    All in all, I feel the S&W hand ejector design is simply better than the Colt DA design.

    I may be prejudiced.

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    i for one have to agree with driftwood here.

    ive shot several colts at the range , incl. the famous phyton.
    i never understood the phyton hype though , wouldn t trade it for my smith.

    but hey , there are also people who like ruger revolvers , but i believe they are coming around now ! :D
     
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    I like the classic Smith and Wesson revolvers in large part because I like (and have always liked) mid or early 20th Century Americana. Cars, musical intruments, etc. Pretty much all of it. In guns, nothing represents that era better than S&W double actions (IMO).

    The modern S&W revolvers are great, too, and they're appealing to me, but the appeal is somewhat different. Also, I don't run into many old Smith and Wessons (hand ejector type) that don't work properly. I'm sure they're out there, because EVERYTHING breaks. Some are better than others, but it seems most work properly.

    I bought one online that was so horribly dirty that the cylinder would barely turn. I took the whole thing completely apart and cleaned it, gave one part a couple of swipes with a file, and now it's one of my best shooters.
     
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    To say "Smith and Wesson Revolvers are Great!!!" is way too broad of a statement. Too many years and models.

    Once upon a time they were, perhaps, the finest large production revolver ever made. Their whole line was outstanding. Their "flagships" such as the Model 27 were hand made pieces of functional art.

    Now they are making glorified Tauruses (Tauri?) with the quality control of Yugo. MIM parts, idiotic locks, CDC guns that barely get touched by human hands. Even their "custom shop" puts out trash. And then there is the Governor...

    My old K-22 from 1953 is a truly amazing gun. Excellent action. Laser like accuracy. Trigger pull on my hand ejector (1928) is truly wonderful.

    THOSE are Smith's worthy of love. And they built the reputation that lasts to this day.
     
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    The old S&W guns were great. The new ones are no better (if even as good) as the new Rugers. That said, the old ones were the nicest DA revolvers made. I would take a Combat Masterpiece even over a Colt Python.
     
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    I hope that you can sleep tonight.
     
  23. the_hustleman

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    Can't stand them!

    Capacity limited ugly guns

    *swyped from the evo so excuse any typos*
     
  24. Guillermo

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    To each his own.

    I don't get it any more than the fans of BBW but hey...this is (or recently was) America.

    Where is my Diamondback?
     
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    Then why are you here on the revolver forum? If you hate revolvers then you have nothing to add to the discussion. You have my sympathies.
     
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