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Is it just me ? It bothers me how convoluted S&W has let , what should be an easy numbering system (there really are lots of numbers) get to be. And yet they keep muddying up the water. I look at a thread ( sorry Undertaker, not picking on you , just an example) that says 327 . So I think , Cool, the forgotten monster 32. Nah, O well a good read anyway, but then it moves into model 627 so I think , Cool , I got one of those. Nah , different gun, mine only has 6 holes in the cyl. You know, like a stainless model 27 would have.. 632s have been different calibers , 17s have had different lengths and number of shots. I guess I can't complain about lug/no lug / slab side but that could make a different model.
I don't know , getting old and cranky . then there is that wrong side of bed thing.
 

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No not cranky. I only remember them as I buy them. This is a cool little snubby, oh it's a model 36....etc.. And why does a stainless version need a different number? But a nickel doesn't? A model 19 is blued. ..or nickel. ...but in stainless it's a 66?!?!?!?!

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I hear you.

I have to consult my S&W Catalog more times than I'd like to admit when cruising thru the local FS threads.
 

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My rule of thumb is, if I don't know what the revolver is w/o having to look it up, I'm probably not interested.

So far, I'm usually right.
 

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I liked it when M&P meant a 6 shot .38 caliber or sometimes a 32-20. Or when a Model 15 (Combat Masterpiece) was a 6 shot, adjustable sighted, 38 Special. Not a high capacity semi-auto rifle.
 

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S&W made the rules and then broke all of them. It has been a pet peeve of mine for some time. I made it easy on myself, if it says "Highway Patrolman" on the barrel, I'm interested.
 

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Seems the worst travestys began when models grew a third digit. Witness the 632. Started life as a 32 mag ,airweight centennial with fixed sights. When revised to a 632-1 it now had a exposed hammer , adjustable sights and was made out of stainless and chambered in .327 . Should have been a 631-1 instead . Can't use model number 327 as that is a .357 and o yeah model 357 is a 41 mag. Makes your head hurt.
 

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S&W made the rules and then broke all of them. It has been a pet peeve of mine for some time. I made it easy on myself, if it says "Highway Patrolman" on the barrel, I'm interested.
OK , I'm tired of whining . I'm back to just trying to keep a brother interested.

 
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A good reason to stick with the 2-numeral versions. Easy to figure out (well somewhat) and lots better finish in my opinion.
 
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