S&W Revolver Question

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    S&W Revolver Question

    Does S&W make a current production shrouded hammer .357 Magnum j-frame snubbie in Stainless Steel or Nickel finish? I have an old 1960 model 49 .38 spcl in blued steel and would love to have a .357 like it in SS or nickel. I'm just not sure if they are currently making one or if I would have to look for something older that is out of production. Oh, if they do make current productions of them, do they make any no-lock versions? Thanks for any info.

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    Honestly, and I am just pulling this out of what I have seen, no. Hunchbacks are actually my preferred hammer system for snub nosed revolvers, but I don't recall seeing any recent production .357's from S&W. I just don't think the market is there for them.


    EDIT: This should teach me to look something up before I open my mouth, the S&W 649: http://www.smith-wesson.com/webapp/w...layErrorView_Y

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    Thanks for posting the link. Suggested Retail $729...ouch!!! The pic shows a lock, but I've removed them before so that's no big deal. I'd have to be switching out to a wooden grip too, but again, no big deal. It also looks like it has a pinned front sight, so a night sight swap out would be a possibility. I'm also wondering if that satin finish can be polished out to a high shine? I'm gonna talk to my LGS guy to see if he can track one down for me. Hopefully I'll be able to find one and make the mods I've mentioned and get it honed in just the way I'm picturing it. Thanks.
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    No problem, when I get to go digging around the inter-webs looking for something, I usually get to learn something new. Of course, that also means I find a lot of new guns I want to buy. Nice model 49 by the way. I wish that Colt and Smith and Wesson were still producing the quality revolvers today that they were back before I was born. Classic Smiths just tend to have an awesome look to them.
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    Thanks. I like my old 49. It has character, but it isn't rated for +P. I've been told that I could carry +P in it and in a SD situation a few shots wouldn't hurt anything, but I just shoot standard pressures out of it and rarely carry it much anymore. I've got a 442 I like, and a Ruger SP101. To me, this 649 with the mods I've mentioned kind of pulls all of the features from those three snubbies I already have into one handgun. That doesn't mean I'll be getting rid of any of the ones I already have...I have a hard time parting with firearms, especially revolvers of the snub variety.
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    The model 640 is still available and meets all your requirements. Buds gun shop has 'em.
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    I've been out on Bud's this am looking at what they have. Some good stuff, just not a 649. The 640 is an internal hammer where the 649 has a shrouded hammer and can still be shot in SA mode. I'm going to keep my eyes peeled until I run across one.
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    They have J-frame models with a shrouded hammer.Product: Model 638


    Product: Model 438


    Product: Model 638CT
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    OMG Bugdude, thats a loaded gun on a "kickstand" I had to do it.
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    LOL. No one was injured during the making of that poor quality and unsafe photograph. With a 15 pound trigger pull, that cheap plastic ink pen would have given it up way before the trigger.
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    Quote Originally Posted by INccwchris View Post
    They have J-frame models with a shrouded hammer.Product: Model 638


    Product: Model 438


    Product: Model 638CT
    Chris, those are both .38 +P only models, the 649 is the only .357 one S&W makes with a shrouded hammer.
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