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Understanding the S&W Numbering System

21 Mar

If you’re at all like me you’ve been puzzled more than once by Smith & Wesson’s numbering system, used to identify their revolvers. I can offer only a little assistance. You can see the patterns, once they’re on paper. This guy at Handloads.com did all of the groud work, I’m simply putting it in a format that I find easier to read. The list is not conclusive, as S&W continually adds to their product line, but it should give you a start on figuring out their numbering system. When all else fails, just grab the S&W product catalog and look it up.

I (model 30 – 35) & J – Frame

Model 30, .32 S&W Long, 32 Hand Ejector
Model 31, .32 S&W Long, 32 Regulation Police
Model 32, .38 S&W, 38 Terrier
Model 33, .38 S&W, 38 Regulation Police
Model 34, .22LR, 22/32 Kit Gun
Model 35, .22LR, 22/32 Target
Model 36, .38 Special, 38 Chief’s Special,
Model 37, .38 Special, 38 Chief’s Speical Airwieght
Model 38, .38 Special, Bodyguard
Model 40, .38 Special, Centennial
Model 42, .38 Special, Centennial Airweight
Model 43, .22LR, 22/32 Kit Gun Airweight
Model 49, .38 Special, Bodyguard Steel Frame
Model 50, .38 Special, Chief’s Special Target
Model 51, .22 WMR, 22/32 Kit Gun
Model 60, .357 Magnum, Chief’s Special Stainless
Model 63, .22LR, 22/32 Kit Gun Stainless
Model 317, .22LR, Chief’s Special Airlite
Model 340, .357 Magnum, Scandium Centennial Airlite
Model 351, .22 WMR, Airlite
Model 360, .357 Magnum, Scandium Chief’s Special Airlite
Model 442, .38 Special+P, Modern Airweight
Model 637, .38 Special+P, Chief’s Special Airweight
Model 649, .357 Magnum, Bodyguard Stainless
Model 650, .22 WMR, Service Kit Gun Stainless
Model 651, .22 WMR, Target Kit Gun Stainless

K – Frame

Model 10, .38 Special, M&P
Model 11, .38 S&W, M&P
Model 12, aluminum alloy frame version of Model 10
Model 13, .357 Magnum, blued steel, (M&P)
Model 14, .38 Special, K-38 Target Masterpiece
Model 15, .38 Special, K-38 Combat Masterpiece
Model 16, .32 S&W long, K-32 Masterpiece
Model 17, .22LR, K-22 Target Masterpiece
Model 18, .22LR, K-22 Combat Masterpiece
Model 19, .357 Magnum, Blued or Nickel plated, Combat Magnum
Model 45, .22LR, 22 M&P
Model 48, .22WMR, K-22 Masterpiece
Model 64, Stainless Model 10
Model 65, Stainless Model 13
Model 66, Stainless Model 19
Model 67, Stainless Model 15
Model 68, .38 Special, CA HP stainless
Model 547, 9mm M&P
Model 617, .22LR, Stainless
Model 647, .17HMR, Stainless
Model 648, .22WMR, Stainless

L-Frame

Model 581, .357 Magnum, “Distinguished Service Magnum”
Model 586, Blued “Distinguished Combat Magnum”
Model 681, Stainless “Distinguished Service Magnum”
Model 686, Stainless “Distinguished Combat Magnum”
Model 696, .44 Special, Stainless

N-Frame

Model 20, .38 Special, .38/44 Heavy Duty
Model 21, .44 Special
Model 22, .45 ACP
Model 23, .38 Special, .38/44 Outdoorsman
Model 24, .44 Special, Target model
Model 25, .45 LC, Target
Model 26, .45 ACP, Target Light Barrel
Model 27, .357 Magnum
Model 28, .357 Magnum, Highway Patrolman
Model 29, .44 Magnum
Model 57, .41 Magnum
Model 58, .41 Magnum, M&P
Model 520, .357 Magnum, fixed sites
Model 610, 10 MM, Stainless
Model 624, .44 Special, Target, Stainless
Model 625, .45 LC, Stainless
Model 627, .357 Magnum, Stainless
Model 629, .44 Magnum, Stainless
Model 657, .41 Magnum, Stainless
Model 1917, .45 ACP, followed by Model 22

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3 Comments

Posted by on March 21, 2008 in Guns, Lists

 

3 responses to “Understanding the S&W Numbering System

  1. Tam

    March 23, 2008 at 8:00 am

    Of course, “Model 1917” was a U.S. Government designation, rather than an in-house Smith nomenclature.It predated Smith’s use of model numbers by a good 40 years and was just a “.45 Hand Ejector U.S. Army” in Smithspeak.

     
  2. Reese

    March 23, 2008 at 5:47 pm

    Tam,Thanks for your addition! I’m a complete beginner and have nowhere near the knowledge that you do. I love your site and visit The Arms Room Every Sunday for the Sunday Smith.

     
  3. steve

    June 22, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    Model 625 is not 45Lc. Its a 45acp

     

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