Thursday, July 26, 2012

Smith and Wesson Model 18

The Smith and Wesson Model 18 is a 4-inch barreled, blued steel, double action revolver, with adjustable open sights, and chambered for the .22 Long Rifle cartridge. the cylinder has six chambers. This is a .22 caliber version of the Model 15 Combat Masterpiece revolver. It has been popular as a training weapon for those who carried .38 Special and larger caliber revolvers because the Model 18 operates and handles the same way but uses low-recoil, inexpensive .22 rimfire ammunition.

I seem to have gotten on a .22 rimfire kick lately. When John M_____ let it be known that he was going to sell his gunsmith refined Model 18 I was interested but a bit hesitant to get yet another .22 pistol. Eventually I broke down and bought this revolver.

The serial is 211xxx, tapered bbl, raised rib, earlier and correct hammer. The 'smith, Charlie Thompson, does 'Camp Perry' level work. The gun was re-manufactured by Charlie to about zero working-allowance tolerances. The action is not too light, or 'target only' light as Thompson calls it. It has a new white outline rear sight.

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