Posted July 14, 2020 7:00 am by Comments

By Ben Philippi

Smith & Wesson’s small J-frame revolvers are among its most popular. They’ve been going strong for 70 years, starting with the introduction of the gun that would become the Chief’s Special back in 1950. Going back even further, one of S&W’s first firearm offerings, 1857’s Model Number One, was a small-framed wheel gun. 
A Certified Used Smith & Wesson Model 60 engraved ‘Chief’s Special’ from the Vault.
This traditional 5-shot .38 Special revolver with an exposed hammer was immensely popular and spawned several variants including the somewhat famous aluminum-framed Model 37. It retained the traditional lines of the Model 36 but was lighter in weight. Today, the Model 37 is no longer in production but its descendant, the Model 637, is alive and kicking.
Like most snub-nosed revolvers, the 637 has a short ejector rod. Give it a firm smack to clear stubborn cases from the chambers. (Photo: Terril Herbert/
The Model 637 has an alloy frame to keep weight down but the cylinder, crane, and barrel are all made of stainless steel. The 637 also bears some of the new Smith & Wesson features like the keylock above the cylinder release and the lack of a hammer-mounted firing pin.
Fully loaded, the gun


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