Gun Report

Smith & Wesson Military and Police 38 Special, $300

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This revolver is large enough to soak up the recoil of +P loads, but remains light enough for fast handling. It delivered better combat accuracy and better slow-fire accuracy than any other revolver in this test. At less than half the price of a new Model 10, the Military and Police 38 is a great revolver. If you find one at a fair price, grab it.

Smith & Wesson Military and Police 38 Special, $300

Gun Details

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Home Defense
Law Enforcement
Weight Unloaded
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Barrel Length
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Overall Height
Front Strap Height
Back Strap Height
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Grip Thickness Max
Grip Circumference Max
Frame Material
Grip Material
Trigger Pull Single
Trigger Pull Double
Trigger Span Single
Trigger Span Double

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The finish of the Military and Police revolver was generally good, with a bit of muzzle wear.
The fixed sights didn't hamper accurate shooting. The front sight was a ramp that was easy to see.
The Smith & Wesson action staged well, allowing the shooter to move the hammer almost to the firing point and then continuing with the press.
The action was very tight and smooth. The bore and chambers were in excellent condition.

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