Tag Archives: Smith and Wesson

One of Lawrence of Arabia’s hoglegs surfaces

The UK’s National Army Museum recently announced they have received a historic revolver tied to an iconic British adventurer from World War I.

The revolver, which looks to be an early Smith & Wesson 1st Model Hand Ejector in .44 — the company’s first N-frame– is engraved with the name of Ashraf Bey.

Who? More in my column at Guns.com

Smith’s game changer

Debuted last October, the S&W M&P M2.0 Compact, a 15-round capacity medium-sized entry to Smith and Wesson’s line, was from the beginning thought to be a direct contender to niche populated by the well-liked Glock 19. The G19 has long been the people’s champ when it comes to a double-stack 9mm handgun that is serious enough to provide solace if needed while compact enough to carry without pulling your pants down every other step.

Over a five-month period, I put 2,000 rounds through the new Smith, give or take a handful, and carried it for approximately 400 hours, and compared it directly to the G19.

In short, Smith got a lot of things right.

Jump to my column at Guns.com to see what I found.

One of these things is not like the other…or is it?

Just got my hot little hands on S&W’s new M&P 2.0 Compact in 9mm, which Smith plans on pitting against the always-popular (in polymer pistol circles) Glock 19.

Going through the specs, the Compact uses a 4-inch barrel and has a 15+1 round capacity in 9mm and 13+1 in the .40 variant with an unloaded weight of just under 24-ounces. This is a dead ringer in comparison to the Glock 19 and 23 and a hair lighter than the 26-ounce P-10 C series from Czech gun maker CZ.

I plan on having fun shooting them head-to-head and I have already found things I like about it over the Glock, though it does have a few thorns.

Those holsters, tho

Thowback Thursday from July 1943

WAVES used .38 Military & Police Victory Models

Safety Nazi finds your lack of eye and ear pro disturbing.

Original title and caption: “Weapons for WAVES, Norfolk, VA– This group of gun-totin’ gals is plenty dead-eyed, as you will see. They are WAVES stationed at this Naval Base who carry important, confidential messages between various section units. On the outdoor range ready to let loose at a target are WAVE Ensigns Louise Hunn, Plainfield, N.H.; Pamela Birmingham, Rye, N.Y.; Sussie Nelm Hill, Atlanta, G.A.; Louise Shiriver, Baltimore, M.D.; and Priscilla Harrington, Malden, Mass.”

The WAVES used .38 Smith and Wesson Military & Police Victory Models.