S&W model 40 lemon squeezer new production?

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    S&W model 40 lemon squeezer new production?

    Does anyone here own one the S&W model 40 lemon squeezers,the ones from their "classics" line? If so how do you like this snub nose? I'm thinking about one for carry and haven't seen one in person yet,i've heard they are very nicely done and have nice bluing if anyone here has one could you please post some pics and give your overall impression of this gun thanks.
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    I can't speak for the blued ones, but I have a nickle one. It's typical new J frame (read MIM internals) but mine has a nice trigger out of the box. I give a big thumbs down to the grips that came with mine. They were so poorly fitted to the frame that it was almost like a Barami hip-grip, I could almost fit the waistband of my pants between the wood and the frame. The aftermarket grips I had laying around the shop didn't fit because of the grip safety so I had to send the originals back for replacement.

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    I have one. It is a carry for me and I love it. One of my favorites. I have a Glock I carry sometimes but truly prefer the S&W to most. Extremely reliable. Weighs 21oz (Best I recall.)While that seems heavy I like the weight.

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    Does it have that *&^% lock?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lowercase View Post
    Does it have that *&^% lock?

    Nope, no external lock hole.
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    Dr. Frankenstein would be very impressed..!

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    Quote Originally Posted by los View Post
    Dr. Frankenstein would be very impressed..!

    I'm pretty sure a 2007 thread came back last week.
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    It really wouldn't surprise me at all...

    With that said, ex-Model 40 owner, here.
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    Why ex-owner? Trouble with the gun or something that made it a non-keeper?
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    Hello, Super.

    My 40 ran great. I had no issues with it but felt it was too darn purrty for an EDC. It was in nickle with custom stags.

    Here's a few pics...:







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    Some folks (me included) have a bit of difficulty getting the grip safety fully depressed when presenting during practice. Apparently this was an issue with the original Centennials as well, as they came with a pin to "pin down" the lever so it was always "on".

    I rather doubt the new ones have this feature. The ability to deliberately de-activate a "safety mechanism" would have liability plaintiff attorneys salivating...

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    Nope, no pin or pin hole on the new ones to lock out the grip safety. I have a nickle one, and it's a beauty. I pulled out the innards and stoned all the mating surfaces, replaced the springs with Wolffs, and installed Spegel Boot Grips. I carry it in a Renegade ankle rig pretty often. Very, very nice gun!


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    Quote Originally Posted by los View Post


    I've thought this was one of the best looking handguns I've ever seen since I first saw your pics of it quite a while ago. You're right, it's just too purrrrty.
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    educate me........they are sexy why do they call them LemonSqueezers?

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    Nickname

    Sonny, the nickname comes from the grip required to depress the grip safety. Like squeezing a lemon to make lemonade. Actually, it isn't nearly as hard as squeezing a lemon, but it's 'cute' and therefore stuck.

    The original 'lemon squeezer' was the S&W "Safety Hammerless" revolver from 1899 (yes, '1899') or so. I found a picture and brief write up on the old revolver on line by searching for 'Safety Hammerless'.

    The second in the 'lemon squeezer' branch of the family was the Centennial (model 40 and 42 [airweight]) made from the middle 1950s or so until the great renumbering of the early '80s, to the best of my knowledge. Someone with greater access to the details may correct this if I'm wrong.

    Why did Smith & Wesson decide a revolver needed a grip safety? I have no idea. It must have seemed like a good idea at the time.
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