Gun Report

S&W Model 24-5 .44 Special

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Nothing screams special like a case-colored frame on a Smith & Wesson revolver. We liked the finish, and believe it will keep this .44 Special in like-new tightness for a long time. Largely hand fitted, this Performance Center handgun was, like the other two new Smiths, extremely accurate. We liked the small and tastefully checkered grips too.

S&W Model 24-5 .44 Special

Gun Details

Model Name
Model Number
Home Defense
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 a spring- loaded ball in the yoke that snaps into a detent notch in the ejector-rod housing to keep the cylinder firmly in place. This is not a lock, per se; but performs essentially the same function as the original positive lock of original Triple Locks. Note the beveling on the front of the cylinder.
The S&W Performance Center should be proud of its historic handgun series. The case-hardened color is gorgeous.

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