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    S&W revolver frame confusion.

    When I look at S&W's revolvers and they mention what letter of the alphabet the frame is called, I do not see the difference. What am I missing?

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    Once familiar with them, you can determine the frame size at a glance and even a great distance. Some of this will be enhanced by a fixation / infatuation with the brand. It seems so cold and impersonal to refer to them as a "brand"...




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    Thanks Fuller. Now I get it. Learnt some thin' today.

    You are right about the magical S&W revolvers. I have always been drawn to them. I will have one again.

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    Here are a couple of photos.

    The first shows(L to R) the backstraps of J, K, and N frames. The second shows a K laying on top of an N, and the third shows the cylinder of a K next to that of an N. Both the K and N have square butt frames, and are fitted with standard "Magna" style grips. Larger profile grips-both factory and aftermarket-are available for both. L frames have the same size grip frame as well as grip to trigger distances as the K frame, although the rest of the frame is larger. As said, once you get use to looking at these, you can pick out the frame sizes from a mile away.







    By the way, ignore differences such as the ejector rod shroud, as K and N frames are available both with and without these options depending on the specific model. Most(but not all) L frames and some N frames also have a full length underlug.

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    Thanks everyone for clearing all that up for me. Now I understand.

    David

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    Quote Originally Posted by bunnspecial View Post
    Here are a couple of photos........

    The first shows(L to R) the backstraps of J, K, and N frames.

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    Is my eye off?????? Or should it not be (R to L)?????????

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    Quote Originally Posted by color of law View Post
    Is my eye off?????? Or should it not be (R to L)?????????
    You're exactly right. Sorry for the mistake!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bunnspecial View Post
    You're exactly right. Sorry for the mistake!
    Good, I can cancel that eye exam.

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    Quote Originally Posted by color of law View Post
    Good, I can cancel that eye exam.
    I need one regardless!

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    Quote Originally Posted by flhrci View Post
    Thanks Fuller. Now I get it. Learnt some thin' today.

    You are right about the magical S&W revolvers. I have always been drawn to them. I will have one again.

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    David, we would have also known the answer to this at OFCC's forums.

    By the way long ago there was an "I" frame as well. Five shot .38 S&W caliber (not .38 special) and .32 S&W Long were the main chamberings of the "I" frame.

    And of course nowadays the .460 S&W magnum and .500 S&W revolvers are built on the "X" frame. No, I don't know what happened to frame sizes "O" through "W". :LOL:
    Last edited by Brian D.; 01-16-2014 at 04:37 PM.

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    Smith also made break top DA revolvers, long discontinued though. I was eyeing one at a LGS in 32 S&W, sooner or later I will break down and buy it. The gun is still tight and a action like snot on ice, but the LGS wants $400 for it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian D. View Post
    David, we would have also known the answer to this at OFCC's forums.
    Yea I know , but all the forums need to be patronized a little.

    David

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