S&W LadySmith .38 snub revolver

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The Smith and Wesson (S&W) LadySmith revolver has a 5 shot swing-out cylinder and is chambered for .38 Special or .357 Magnum and has an exposed hammer.

The S&W LadySmith are a series of handguns manufactured by S&W starting early in the 20th century, with the tiny M-frame .22 calibre, hand-ejector LadySmith revolver produced from 1902 until 1921. Later diminutive revolvers were termed LadySmith, capitalising the ‘S’.

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

During the 1980s, the Federal Bureau of Investigation adopted a revolver very similar to the Model 65 Ladysmith, but without the moniker.

Helpful Info

Regarding dates and period correctness, this item is appropriate for civilian personal protection and recreational use from 1965 up to the present day.

Foxtrot example shown here is a S&W LadySmith revolver, chambered in .38 Special, it has polished rosewood ergonomic factory grips and is in stainless finish.

Film Set Notes

A frequently seen handgun, actor friendly and reliable. The ‘.38 snub’ is the default concealable weapon for any private investigator.

Added bonus with revolvers is the option of blanks loaded with black powder that gives a slower burn than smokeless loads, resulting in a bright muzzle flash, accompanied by an amount of smoke, a dramatic effect.

A revolver also has some of the most distinctive loading sounds when cylinder is snapped closed or the hammer cocked. Worth the trouble of getting some good close miked wild tracks of these sounds – it is good ‘punctuation’ in a drama soundscape.