Gun of the week

Jun 16th, 2012 | By | Category: Firearms, Spotlight

The Gun of the Week this time around is the somewhat rare Smith & Wesson Model 12 Airweight.

This is a variation of the K-frame Military and Police revolver originally produced for the U.S. Air Force.  The original version had an aluminum frame and cylinder.  Unfortunately these things did not last long, even with reduced power ammunition produced specially for them.  They were then manufactured with a steel cylinder, which helped.  Many of these weapons were destroyed for the Air Force.

The reason I am writing this up is I came across one at a reasonable price a few days ago.  I didn’t buy it, as I shoot the guns I own and shooting this one would just tear it up.  I did, however, consider it.

These weapons were produced in five variations.  All of them but the final one, the 12-4, had a narrower than standard frame.  They were in production from the early 1950s through 1984.  They were produced in a 2″ and a 4″ version.  In a 2″ variation they weighed 18 ounces with the steel cylinder.

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2 Comments to “Gun of the week”

  1. Dick Kirby says:

    It is a shame that the younger shootings don’t pay much attention to revolvers and snub nose revolvers anymore. I believe that movies and pop culture play a big part in that since most movies show cops and thugs with semi autos. The wonder nines hit in the 80’s and I get all of that but i l love a good 2 inch revolver J frame K frame smith, colt, ruger, or charter arms. They can save your life, they work every time and priced right. A great web page is called the snubbie files which has many great articles regarding these great tools for self defense or plinking. Thanks for reviewing these weapons.

    • Bob Walsh says:

      I was unfamiliar with that web page. I will check it out. Thanks for the tip.