I’ve always been a big fan of short-barreled revolvers. In fact, I think the original S&W M36 Chief’s Special is one of the greatest guns ever designed. (I once owned a S&W Highway Patrolman .357 N-frame that someone had given the “Fitz Special” treatment, with cutaway triggerguard, shortened barrel, rounded grip frame and custom...
The Chiappa Rhino allows for accurate rapid fire.
In the final installment of this series on the N-Frame Smith & Wesson revolver, the author takes a look at the .357 Highway Patrolman, .41 magnum, and other modern versions of the N-frame revolver.
There is little about the modern DA revolver that a firearms engineer from 1900 would find remarkable. And of all the revolvers developed during this time, none of them is more interesting than the heavy-caliber, large-frame wheelguns from the Springfield, Massachusetts, firm of Smith & Wesson.
The N-Frame Smith & Wesson revolver is available in configurations to suit just about every possible use. But at the end of the day, these big bore sixguns haven't changed that much since their introduction. That's true for one reason: They work.
In this final part, Massad Ayoob wraps up is final thoughts on why the Model 27 will always remain a significant piece of firearms history.