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Many consider the 1950’s, up through about 1965 to be the hay-day for Smith & Wesson. They had a highly skilled, and energetic workforce, many of whom had just returned from the war, ready to get America rolling economically. There were also millions of veterans who now had an interest and knowledge of firearms, looking to buy. The company was still in the hands of the Wesson family.
Revolver models were re-engineered with the new short throw action as well as other cosmetic changes, and many new models were introduced.
The pre model 15, Combat Masterpiece was released in 1949, the Pre- 28, Highway Patrolman in 1954 and the pre-19, Combat Magnum in late ‘55 to name a few.
I have 3 revolvers from this era, a J, K and an N frame
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By chance all 3 were shipped in 1955
The J frame is an Airweight 22/32 kit gun
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The K frame is a standard 4 inch M&P
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My N frame from 1955 is a Highway Patrolman
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Smith & Wessons from this era were know world wide for their quality, craftsmanship and reliability. The finishes were legendary with a blueing so so deep and polish that made them look like black chrome. I have often seen pictures of these guns where at first glance I thought the gun was nickel plated.
Lets see Your S&W revolvers frim the 1950’s!
 

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I have one from somewhere around 1950, a pre-10 M&P that was my dad's service revolver. He started at the NYPD in 1950.

Interesting thing however; had it out yesterday with my 66-2. many times a reload that would not go into the M&P dropped right in to the 66. Did they possibly cuteither smaller cylinders in the 50s or larger ones in the early 80s? Both shoot fine, with the 66 being somewhat more accurate - which I attribute to the stocks
 
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Model 1950's (all shipped in the 50's except 1- shipped very late)



and this guy from '55
 

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I have one from somewhere around 1950, a pre-10 M&P that was my dad's service revolver. He started at the NYPD in 1950.

Interesting thing however; had it out yesterday with my 66-2. many times a reload that would not go into the M&P dropped right in to the 66. Did they possibly cuteither smaller cylinders in the 50s or larger ones in the early 80s? Both shoot fine, with the 66 being somewhat more accurate - which I attribute to the stocks
I have a 25-5 from around 1980 that has very loose chambers. shoots fine, so I think it was just how they were made then. Later guns are tighter again.
 
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Some great examples of revolvers everyone! Always a pleasure to view gun porn.:cool:
 
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