Smith & Wesson Ladysmith

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Smith & Wesson Ladysmith
Smith & Wesson Model 642 LS Ladysmith (8212014974).jpg
A Smith & Wesson Model 642 LS Ladysmith
TypeRevolver or pistol
Place of originUnited States
Service history
In service1900s–1986
Used byFBI
Production history
ManufacturerSmith & Wesson
VariantsModel 631LS
Model 36LS
Model 60LS
Model 65LS
Model 642LS
Model 3913LS
Barrel length2 in (51 mm) to 3.5 in (89 mm)

Cartridge.22 Long
.32 H&R Magnum
.38 Special
.357 Magnum
9mm Parabellum
ActionDouble Action Revolver
Semi-auto Pistol
Feed system5-round cylinder (.38 revolver)
6-round cylinder (.32 revolver)
8-round magazine (9mm pistol)

The S&W Ladysmith (later styled LadySmith) is a series of handguns manufactured by Smith & Wesson starting early in the 20th century. Early models, branded were chambered in .22 Long. Starting in the 1980s, under the slightly modified "LadySmith" moniker, S&W manufactured several short-barreled revolvers and semi-automatic pistols.


Smith & Wesson has produced firearms over the years in several standard frame sizes. M-frame refers to the small early Ladysmith frame.[1] Later LadySmith small revolvers were made on the somewhat larger J-frame, the standard S&W small-frame revolver.

The tiny M-frame .22" hand-ejector Ladysmith revolver was produced from 1902 through 1921, and later diminutive revolvers were termed LadySmith, capitalizing the "S".[1]


  • Smith & Wesson Model 60 LadySmith (AKA: Chief's Special LadySmith): a stainless steel, small frame, 5-shot, .38 Special or .357 Magnum, revolver.[2]
  • Smith & Wesson Model 65 LadySmith: a stainless steel, medium frame, 6-shot, .357 Magnum revolver.[2]
  • Smith & Wesson Model 631 LadySmith: a stainless steel, small frame, 6-shot, .32 H&R Magnum revolver.
  • Smith & Wesson Model 642 LadySmith: a small frame, 5-shot, .38 Special, hammerless revolver with an aluminum frame and stainless steel cylinder.
  • Smith & Wesson Model 3913 LadySmith: a compact, 9-shot, 9mm Luger, semi-automatic pistol with an aluminum frame and stainless steel slide.


The LadySmith version of Smith's model 3913 is referred to as the 3913LS. It has a stainless steel slide with an aluminum alloy frame. The 3913LS had a different look to the slide and frame. It is chambered for 9mm only. It has a 3.5 inch barrel and the magazine holds eight rounds.[1] It is one of their third generation semi-automatic pistols that S&W refers to as a "traditional double action". This refers to a mode of operation wherein the first pull of the trigger is longer and heavier, and causes the hammer to rise from its resting position and then fall to strike the firing pin and fire the cartridge in the chamber. After the pistol fires that first time, the pistol is in what is called "single action", wherein the hammer stays cocked and subsequent trigger pulls are much shorter and lighter. The safety/decock lever on the side of the slide can be lowered which will (a) safely drop the cocked hammer, and (b) prevent the pistol from firing by disconnecting the trigger and by rotating a block between the hammer and firing pin. It is the firing pin block that makes dropping the hammer with the decocker safe, albeit somewhat unnerving. The original 3913 has been popular with law enforcement officers that need to carry their primary sidearm concealed.[citation needed] The Lady Smith is very flat because it has a single-stack magazine and only a single thumb safety on the left side compared to the two-sided ambidextrous safety on the 3913NL.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Boorman, Dean K. (2002). The History of Smith & Wesson Firearms. Globe Pequot Press. pp. 44–46, 87. ISBN 978-1-58574-721-4.
  2. ^ a b Hartink, A.E. (2003). The Complete Encyclopedia of Pistols and Revolvers. Edison, New Jersey: Chartwell Books. pp. 225–230. ISBN 978-0-7858-1871-7.

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