Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Does S&W's M&P lineup include a revolver?

Does the M&P pistol lineup made by Smith and Wesson include revolvers? 

This question was recently asked at my workplace that caused me to pause to a moment.  Sure S&W is famous for their legendary wheels guns, but when I think of M&P I first think of their semiautomatic pistols.

Founded in 1852, Smith and Wesson as a company made great company profits from the sale of weapons during the U.S. Civil War (1861-1865).   Revolvers dominated for decades until the appearance of semi-auto handgun in the late 1900s.  Eventually police departments switched from traditional revolvers to semi-autos in order to keep pace with criminal firepower.  In 2005, Smith & Wesson debuted a new polymer-frame pistol intended for the law enforcement market.  
The Smith & Wesson M&P (Military and Police) is mainly a polymer-framed, short recoil operated, locked breech semi-automatic pistol introduced in the summer of 2005 by the American company Smith & Wesson. It uses a Browning-type locking system. While targeted at law enforcement agencies, the M&P is also widely available on the commercial market.  The M&P revolvers are the exception to the polymer frame lineup.

Smith & Wesson's website lists 88 models of M&P handguns.  Sure the old school handguns for the military and police were revolvers, but how many today departments choose one over the firepower of the semi-auto pistol?

 Of the aforementioned M&P models, S&W lists 88 version on the Internet catalog of which only 3 are revolvers.  I guess even today there are still those shooters that prefer the reliability of the revolver.  S&W offers these guns as either 357 magnum or 38 special +P versions in the N and J frame configurations.

So the M&P lineup of pistols does include revolvers, but it's only 3% of the handguns listed in their current online catalog (2/23/16).

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

How to tell the difference between Smith & Wesson Revolvers

I wanted to know more about the differences between different models of Smith & Wesson revolvers so I did a little research.  Here is a synopsis of what I found in a 101 version.

To learn more on the subject, go to the Lucky Gunner website for a great source.

J Frame (2)

K Frame (3)

L Frame (4)

N Frame (5)

Smith & Wesson Revolvers Side-by-Side (6)

Welcome the Weapons & Guns

Welcome to Weapons and Guns!

This blog is part education, part celebration, and part examination.  Looking at what makes a gun tick and how we view them.

The more we learn, the better informed we can be on the subject.  Most of us who like the subject have growth up with guns as tools for use on the farm and/or for sport.  It's part of a culture that we enjoy.  Hopefully this site can promote respect of what a gun owner is really all about.

I put this collage together after looking at old gun advertisements.  I thought the contrasts were both interesting and hilarious.  I hope it's a good way to get this subject started on this blog.