S&W revolver frames

Discussion in 'Centerfire Pistols & Revolvers' started by Keola, Feb 28, 2005.

  1. I've been thinking about buying a .357 Mag an I think I narrowied it down to a S&W. What's the difference between the different frames (K, L, J etc)?
  2. Neil

    Neil New Member

    Sep 7, 2004
    Stanwood washington
    it has to do with the shape of the grip butt I believe. but I'm sure a Poo&wesson fan will be along shortly to fill you in more.

  3. Marlin

    Marlin *TFF Admin Staff Chief Counselor*

    I'm not an expert but they mean, roughly, J-small or light weight, K- medium or medium weight, L- heavy weight and X- extra heavy weight. The stubby, short barrel revolvers are usually j frame, 4" .38 Special and .357 Mags are K,
    .44 Mag and larger, but not .50, are L and the new 500 mag is built on an X frame.

    That is the simple way of thinking about them. Someone else more knowledgable may have more details, though.
  4. HI-5-O

    HI-5-O New Member

    Dec 19, 2004
    Just a little correction. I have a S&W 629 44 Magnum and it's a "N" Frame.
  5. J-frame; small frame .38 and .357
    K-frame; medium frame .38 and .357
    L-frame; medium-heavy frame .41
    M-frame; obsolete
    N-frame; heavy frame .44
    X-frame; extra-heavy frame .46 and .50
  6. Colonel Plink

    Colonel Plink New Member

    Sep 22, 2004
    NE Colorado

    With the exception of the models 27 & 28 which are .357 AND N-frame. There may be other exceptions, too, but I'm hard-pressed to remember them.
  7. stash247

    stash247 New Member

    Oct 18, 2003
    Central Texas
    S&W also had an "I" frame revolver, in .32, and .38 S&W (not SPL), which preceded the "J" frame of 1957.
    In general terms, the later the letter, the bigger the frame, and handle; the "N" frame is the exception, with an "N" frame attatched to a "K" Handle.
    Hope this helps...
  8. Sackett

    Sackett Member

    Nov 29, 2003
    SW Mississippi
    Got a N- Frame Mod. 27 .357. Fits real nice in my hand. Probly a variety of frame sizes for hand sizes. Either that or for calibers. Sorry I can't be much help.
    Yol Bolsun.
  9. wundudnee

    wundudnee New Member

    Mar 31, 2001
    Perry, Kansas USA
    Here are my N frames, .45 Model of 1950. 10mm 610, 27-2
    Here's a couple of K frames, .22 617, .22 18-2
    My only J frame, Pre 36 Chiefs Special .38
    The nickle one in this picture is a first model hand ejector I frame
  10. john fox

    john fox New Member

    Mar 26, 2005
    By the way, K frame and L frame grips are the same. Same grips fit on both. The L frame is a little stronger. New member-john fox
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