Smith & Wesson Model 64

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Smith & Wesson Model 64
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A Police issued Model 64
Place of originUnited States
Service history
Used byNYPD
Production history
ManufacturerSmith & Wesson
Unit cost$689
VariantsMilitary & Police, Double Action Only (DAO)
Cartridge.38 Special
Barrels2,3 & 4 inches. The 6 inch was rare.
ActionSingle/Double action or Double action only (DAO)
Feed system6 shot cylinder

The Smith & Wesson Model 64 Military and Police revolver is the stainless steel version of its Model 10.


The Model 64 is a six-shot double-action revolver with fixed sights chambered in .38 Special. It was the second all stainless steel revolver made by Smith & Wesson, the first being the Smith & Wesson Model 60.[1] It was widely used by several U.S. police, sheriff and state agencies and was a popular choice in high humidity states because the stainless model 64 was more corrosion and rust resistant than the blued Model 10.[2]

Originally offered in two variants, a 4" taper barrelled square butt or a 2" round butt, the Model 64 has since been offered in numerous configurations.[2] The 4" heavy barelled version, introduced in 1974, became a favorite with many police agencies.[1] Five variants were made for NYPD and these revolvers are marked "NY1" as opposed to the more common "NYCPD" marking for department issued guns as these were intended to be purchased by individual officers.[3] It was the first stainless steel revolver authorized for use by NYPD as well as the last revolver approved for use being replaced by 9mm semiautomatic pistols in 1993.[3]

Noted for its accuracy, dependability and manageable recoil, the Model 64 is still in use for security, inmate transportation (Corrections), target shooting, formal target competition and personal defense.[4]


  • Caliber: .38 S&W Special (Model 64)
  • Capacity: 6 Rounds
  • Barrel Length: varies
  • Frame: Medium
  • Material: Stainless Steel


  1. ^ a b Ayoob, Massad (15 March 2010). Massad Ayoob's Greatest Handguns of the World. Iola, Wisconsin: Gun Digest Books. p. 189. ISBN 1-4402-1503-0.
  2. ^ a b Jim Supica; Richard Nahas (3 June 2016). Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson. Iola, Wisconsin: "F+W Media, Inc.". pp. 264–265. ISBN 978-1-4402-4563-3.
  3. ^ a b Vivas, R.M. (3 June 2016). "NY1 New York City Police Model 64 and 60". Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson. Iola, Wisconsin: "F+W Media, Inc.". pp. 265–266. ISBN 978-1-4402-4563-3.
  4. ^ Ian Hogg; John Walter (29 August 2004). Pistols of the World. David & Charles. pp. 302–303. ISBN 0-87349-460-1.