Gun Report

Smith & Wesson 3953TSW

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People tend to see revolvers as being more reliable than semi-automatics. On top of this, people tend to see Smith & Wesson purely as a maker of revolvers. But this model descends from one of Smith’s most durable and successful models. We spent a lot of time firing this gun because we liked it. Had the trigger been lighter and less tiring, we'd have spent even more.

Smith & Wesson 3953TSW

Gun Details

Model Name
Model Number
Home Defense
Caliber Plus Cartridge
Weight Unloaded
Overall Length
Barrel Length
Sight Radius
Overall Height
Maximum Width
Frame Material
Barrel Material
Grip Material
Trigger Pull Single
Trigger Span Single

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We didn't notice any deficiency in the crown, but recutting it would likely make the TSW more accurate.
The TSW's grip is plastic. A modest section of 30 lines-perinch checkering is found on the front strap.
Smith & Wesson has gone a long way to improve the performance of this pistol by increasing the contact surface between the frame and slide. Measuring only 6.4 inches in length, almost all of the slide is in full contact with the frame at time of lock up. Fit is as tight as you’d want on a defense gun, maybe tighter.

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