Gun Report

Smith & Wesson Model 24 .44 Special

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The M24 was an interesting handgun to any shooter who saw and handled it, though there was some confusion as to its proper or best use. Some said it was an ideal trail gun, and some called it perfect for self-defense. Not many thought it ideal for everything except collectors, who wouldn't shoot this limited-edition revolver. Everyone loved the look of the grips.

Smith & Wesson Model 24 .44 Special

Gun Details

Model Name
Model Number
Home Defense
Concealed Carry
Caliber Plus Cartridge
Weight Unloaded
Overall Length
Barrel Length
Sight Radius
Overall Height
Front Strap Height
Back Strap Height
Maximum Width
Grip Thickness Max
Grip Circumference Max
Frame Material
Barrel Material
Grip Material
Trigger Pull Single
Trigger Pull Double
Trigger Span Single
Trigger Span Double

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The arrow points to the misfit upper portion of the grip, which on earlier models had the wood coming flush with the steel at that point. Properly fitted, this reduced hand pain with hot loads. This setup isn't quite right.
S&W relied on its ancient lockup system, the front of the ejector rod and the central rear cylinder pin. The gun was tight, and stayed that way for us.

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