Smith & Wesson Model 73

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The S&W Model 73 was a .38 Special caliber revolver manufactured by Smith & Wesson.

History and Description[edit]

The Model 73 was made in only 5000 units in 1973. It was made in C-frame, the only model that featured this frame. It was a J-frame modified to take a 6-shot K-frame cylinder. It was S&W answer to the Colt Detective Special.[1]

The revolver was made with an off-set cylinder stop which made them difficult to manufacture and test. As a result, most of these revolvers were destroyed for safety reasons and it is estimated that there are no more than 20 of these left in private ownership.[2]


  1. ^ Supica, Jim; Nahas, Richard (2007). Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson. Iola, Wisconsin: F+W Media, Inc. pp. 169–170. ISBN 0-89689-293-X.
  2. ^ Lee, Jerry (2012). Standard Catalog of Handguns. Iola, Wisconsin: Gun Digest Books. p. 510. ISBN 1-4402-3009-9.