S&W Model 60 “.38 snub” revolver

This item is HIRE ONLY for use by a recognised Film, TV, Commercials or Theatre production company.




The Smith and Wesson Model 60 revolver has a 5 shot swing-out cylinder and is chambered for .38 Special or .357 Magnum and has an exposed hammer.

The Model 60 has been in production since 1965 and holds the distinction of being the first regular production all stainless steel revolver ever made.

The Model 60 proved so popular that there was a waiting list at gunshops for up to six months to purchase one.

At that time and until 1996, only the 1.875” inch ‘snub’ barrel model was made and it was chambered only for the .38 Special cartridge.

In 2006, a .357 Magnum was introduced based on a larger ‘J-Magnum’ frame, it replaced the .38 Special models and is now the only calibre produced for the Model 60.

Older models of the gun were produced with only fixed sights, whilst more recent productions are more typically made with an adjustable rear sight on 3” and 5” inch barreled versions.

Despite the reduction in effective range due to the short barrel and consequently reduced velocity, the 2” barrel (‘snub’) version is one of the preferred backup and concealed carry weapons for law enforcement officers and civilians alike to this day.

Helpful Info

Regarding dates and period correctness, this item is appropriate for US police ‘undercover’ officers from 1965 to the present day. Also widely seen in civilian and recreational use up to the present day.

Foxtrot example shown here is a Smith & Wesson Model 60 ‘.38 snub’ revolver. It is chambered in .38 Special, has chequered walnut standard factory grips and is in a 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.