Smith & Wesson Safety Hammerless

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Smith & Wesson Lemon Squeezer

The Smith & Wesson Safety Hammerless (nicknamed the Lemon Squeezer) is a double action revolver that was produced in the late 1880s by Smith & Wesson. The revolver was chambered in .32 S&W and .38 S&W calibers; these calibers were discontinued just before World War 2.

In 1952 the safety hammerless concept was applied to Smith & Wesson's J-frame. The finished product became the Model 40 and 42 chambered in .38 Special and is alternately known as the Centennial as it was produced in the 100th anniversary of the founding of Smith & Wesson.[1][2]

32 and 38 Safety Hammerless models[edit]

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The Smith & Wesson 38 Safety Hammerless models were produced from 1887 (1888 for the 32) to just before World War 2. They were chambered in either .32 S&W or .38 S&W with a five-shot cylinder. They were produced with a 2-inch, 3-inch, and 3.5-inch barrels. They were top-break revolvers designed for fast reloading and were named "The New Departure". Minor design changes were made to these revolvers over the years, resulting in several different design models, as termed by collectors. The first model was manufactured between 1887-1902. The 38 was based on S&W's medium frame, while the 32 was based on the small "1½" frame.[3][4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Boorman, Dean K. (2002). The History of Smith & Wesson Firearms. Globe Pequot. p. 39. ISBN 978-1-58574-721-4. 
  2. ^ Supica, Jim; Richard Nahas (2007). Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson (3 ed.). F+W Media, Inc. p. 151. ISBN 978-0-89689-293-4. 
  3. ^ Shideler, Dan (2011). The Gun Digest Book of Guns & Prices 2011 Official Gun Digest Book of Guns and Prices (6 ed.). Gun Digest Books. p. 874. ISBN 978-1-4402-1435-6. 
  4. ^ Flayderman, Norm (2007). Flayderman's Guide to Antique American Firearms and Their Values (9 ed.). F+W Media, Inc. p. 282. ISBN 978-0-89689-455-6.