You can fire wadcutter, semi-wadcutter, round nose, soft-point, hollow point, shotshells, exposed lead, or full metal jacket .38/.357 loads, with bullet weights ranging from 200 grains down to 95 grains without reliability issues.Speedloaders allow you to reload your K-frame with fresh rounds nearly as fast as you can reload a semi-auto.To say that I was struck emotionally would be a big understatement.I began collecting and shooting Smith & Wesson revolvers some 45 years ago, and the opportunity to visit and see the inner workings of this iconic company was almost a religious experience.When nearly all cops carried revolvers, our shooting was more accurate and the very few malfunctions that occurred at the police firing range were due to carelessly reloaded ammo.Today, malfunctions abound during firearms training with the vast, vast majority being due to operator error.Related: Ergo Grip for the J-Frame Not everyone needs a semi-automatic pistol for defense or recreation.
There are only four manually operated controls on the entire gun—trigger, cylinder latch release, ejector rod, and hammer. In double-action mode the trigger cocks the hammer and releases it—which requires about 12 pounds of pressure.
This new frame was designated the J-frame, and in October 1950 the first J-frame .38 Special left the factory.
It was introduced to the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACOP) at its conference held in Colorado Springs that year.
While the greatest of the K-frame classics are out of production (the 2½-inch .357 Magnum Model 19 chief among them), several of the other stalwarts are still being manufactured.
The fixed-sight .38 Special Models 10 and 64, and the adjustable-sight Model 67 are still being manufactured alongside the .357 Magnum adjustable-sight Model 66.
Inside the factory, they were known as the I- and K-frames.