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Smith & Wesson .38 Safety Hammerless 1st Model

Smith & Wesson .38 Safety Hammerless 1st Model

Smith & Wesson .38 Safety Hammerless 1st Model

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Model Manufactuer Type Caliber
Smith & Wesson .38 Safety Hammerless 1st Model Smith & Wesson Revolver .38 S&W

About the Smith & Wesson .38 Safety Hammerless 1st Model

.38 Safety Hammerless 1st Model

The Smith & Wesson .38 Safety Hammerless models were produced from 1887 (1888 for the 32) to just before World War II. They were chambered in either .32 S&W or .38 S&W with a five-shot cylinder. They were most often produced with a 2-inch, 3-inch, or 3.5-inch barrels; but some 6″ barrelled versions are known to exist.[1]

These top-break revolvers were designed for fast reloading and concealed carry as the hammer was internal and would not snag on drawing the revolver from a pocket. They were known as “The New Departure” to reflect the company’s new approach to designing revolvers.

Minor design changes were made to these revolvers over the years, resulting in several different design models, as termed by collectors. The first model was manufactured between 1887-1902. The 38 was based on S&W’s medium frame, while the 32 was based on the smaller sized “1½” frame

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