July 31, 2020
Smith & Wesson’s hugely successful Military & Police service revolver morphed into the Model 10 in 1957—when the company began numbering its models. It’s since served as the launching pad for a head-spinning array of handguns.
Barrel lengths/configurations, calibers, sight types and finishes may change, but the basic template has always been a medium-frame revolver featuring either a round or square butt.
The .357 Magnum made its medium-frame, mid-1950s debut in the Model 19—a beautiful, adjustable-sighted revolver envisioned by its champion, Bill Jordan, as the ultimate law-enforcement tool. In 1974, however, a down-and-dirty, fixed-sight...
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