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Articles on S&W Semi-Automatic Handguns

Smith & Wesson SW-99 Compact

While I am not a big fan of making guns compact "just because," the SW-99 pulls it off much better than many. I doubt seriously our belts can tell the 2.7 ounce difference in weight, but concealment may be a tad easier and the size is also likely to appeal to those with small hands. So the bottom line is if you like the compact size you've got a good choice here.

Smith & Wesson's Model 41: collectibles, edibles, and a lesson in history

Although the Model 41 is still considered a target pistol, mine is destined for another service -- mainly gathering edibles on the trail. With a 5" barrel, the Model 41 carries nicely on the side in an Uncle Mike's holster Number 8105-1 Size 5.

Smith & Wesson Model 952: Smith's newest is a blend of 9mm power and classic accuracy

Shooting the 952 reminds me a little of the Model 52, primarily because of the grip shape, but everything else simply happens faster. With the 52, slide movement was slow and it was possible to feel the several components of the slide cycle. You'd even see the empty case hop leisurely out of the port. Not so with the 952. Slide movement was brisk and empties were thrown well clear. The weight really makes recoil be nearly negligible and the accuracy leaves little to be desired. It has none of the difficulties of the Model 52 and is just as much fun. I believe this is what handgun shooting is all about.

Smith & Wesson Model Compact: Good looking and great shooting, petty finds that there is a lot to like about this new offering from the S&W performance center

The 945-40 is a compact -- really compact -- single-action pistol with an aluminum alloy frame. In fact, if you put it on top of one of the Current crop of compact 1911 clones, you'll see that they're very close to the same size. So while the first 945 is a wonderfully accurate target pistol, the new one is a wonderfully accurate carry gun.

S&W Tactical Pistols

Smith & Wesson has added considerably to its line of Third Generation pistols with a Tactical Series that includes guns chambered for 9mm, .40 S&W and .45 ACP. The Tactical models have features formerly found only on guns from S&W's Performance Center. Foremost of these is a change in the slide and frame that provides full length contact between the two parts. The second is a change in the barrel lockup geometry that delays unlocking for a tiny fraction of a second longer.

S&W introduces .380 Sigma - S&W

The gun is extremely compact with a 3-inch barrel, 6 inches long, 4 inches high and 1-inch wide. Small enough to fit into the sight channel, but quite visible, is a blade front sight and notch rear sight. There are no external controls, presenting a clean profile with nothing to snag and no manual of arms to perform between drawing and firing the gun.

Articles on S&W Revolvers

Smith & Wesson's New .500 Magnum Revolver

At the 2003 SHOT Show, Smith & Wesson introduced to the shooting industry a new and massive revolver, built on what they refer to as their new X-frame. The new frame was built especially for their newest handgun cartridge: the .500 Smith & Wesson Magnum. The new frame is the largest ever built by S&W, but with a few changes is very similar to the double-action design that has proven reliable for over 100 years.

S&W's Monster Magnum

Chambered for an all-new .50-caliber magnum cartridge, the new S&W Model 500 double-action revolver needs no hype.

Top Gun: Smith & Wesson crowns the new king of handguns with its Model 500 S&W Magnum revolver

With its 8-3/8-in. barrel, the overall length of the Model 500 is 15 in. and the empty weight is 4.5 pounds. The cylinder alone is almost 2 in. in diameter and approaches 2.25 in. in length. Thumb the cylinder open and five charge holes await. Each is 1/2 in. in diameter, and the .50-cal. cartridges they hold are almost 2 in. long. Load five of them and the total weight of the handgun climbs to 5 pounds.

King of the magnums: S&W's .500 master-blaster

There are enough sixgunners desiring the biggest, baddest and latest handgun, that Smith & Wesson's production line should be kept busy producing Model 500s for a long time. The King is back on the throne. Long Live the King.

50 years of the Smith & Wesson .44 Mag.: it's hard to believe, but the gun that started it all is no more

The 29 is gone, however the 629 remains in both standard production and Performance Center Models. The original 629 is only available with a 4" or 6" barrel. while heavy under lug versions are cataloged with 5", 6 1/2", and 8 3/8" barrels all with round butts.

Smith & Wesson Model 342 PD

I have always been a big fan of pocket revolvers, especially those that wear the S&W trail brand, so when I heard the rumor they were crafting their racy looking Centennials from super lightweight, space age titanium, I knew I had to own one.

Smith & Wesson Model 27

The original Model 27 has given way to a new generation of N-frames. Heavy-ribbed and under-lugged barrels replace the visually pleasing slender barrels of past decades. Ergonomics have supplanted elegance in the current generation of target grips. Overall richness of fit and finish has undergone subtle alteration with the transfer to new production technology. While the modern inheritors of the tradition often present significant utilitarian improvement, the visual and tactile impact of the Original Magnum makes us wonder what we have given up in the translation.

Smith & Wesson Safety Hammerless

The enclosed hammer, double-action concept, first applied to the Safety Hammerless in the late 1880s, endures to the present time and its 20th century heirs are already regarded as modern classics.

Smith & Wesson Unholsters Sixgun Classic

For those most interested in singleand double-action sixguns, Smith & Wesson's new Model 3 Schofield is worthy of large headlines. This is the first single-action introduction from Smith & Wesson since the company dropped the New Model #3 in 1912.

A little bit of magic: Smith & Wesson AirLite Ti

Review of S&W's Titanium .38 revolver.

S&W Model 21 .44 Special: stealing some of Clint Smith's thunder

I honestly thought we would never see a newly manufactured, blue steel, fixed sight, big-bore Smith & Wesson revolver again. But we did, and I'm darn glad I've got mine, thanks to Clint and Smith & Wesson.

Articles on S&W Handgun Ammunition

The .40 Smith & Wesson: this round came along at the right time in the right place

When Smith & Wesson and Winchester teamed up to introduce the .40 S&W in 1990 their timing could not have been more opportune.

Manuals for S&W Handguns

Model 22A/22S Sport Series Target Pistols

945 Series Pistols

Metal Frame Centerfire Pistols

Revolvers - Modern Style

Model 3 Schofield

Sigma Pistols

Model SW99/SW990/SW99 QA Pistols

Model 1911 Series

Model 41


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