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Smith & Wesson Model 60
S&W 60 3in.jpg
Smith & Wesson Model 60-10 with 3" barrel
Type Service Revolver
Place of origin USA
Service history
In service 1965–present
Used by South Korean National Police
Production history
Manufacturer Smith & Wesson
Unit cost $727.00
Weight ~19 oz (1.875 in),
22.58 oz. with 2.125" barrel,
23.99 oz. with 3" barrel,
30.50 oz. with 5" barrel
Length 6.625" with 2.125 barrel,
7.5" with 3" barrel,
9.0375 with 5" barrel
Barrel length 1.875" (original), 2.125", 3", 5"

Caliber .38 Special
.38 Special +P
.357 Magnum
Action Double Action
Effective range 22.86 meters
Maximum range 45.72 meters
Feed system 5-round cylinder
Sights Fixed (2.125" barrel), Adjustable (3" & 5" barrels)

The Smith & Wesson Model 60 revolver is a 5-shot revolver that is chambered in either .38 Special or .357 Magnum calibers.


Like nearly all other "J-frame" Smith & Wesson revolvers, it has a swing-out cylinder, and features an exposed hammer. It has been in production since 1965, and holds the distinction of being the first regular production all stainless steel revolver ever made.[1] The 1965 model's stainless steel production proved so popular that there was a waiting list at gunshops for up to six months to purchase one. At that time the Model 60 featured a 1.875" barrel and was chambered solely for the .38 Special. In 1996, the stronger J-Magnum frame was introduced and the cylinder was lengthened to support the .357 Magnum round, (as well as the .38 Special). The new model replaced the .38 Special-only version and is available in either a 2.125" or a 3" barrel, with a 5" barrel introduced in 2005.[2]

Sight Systems

Older models of the gun were produced with only fixed sights; modern productions are typically made with an adjustable rear sight (3" and 5") and a fixed sight (1.875" and 2.125") in front. Despite the reduction in effective range due to the short barrel and consequently reduced sight radius, the 2" barrel version is one of the preferred backup and concealed carry weapons for law enforcement officers and civilians alike to this day.[3]


  • S&W Model 60 Chief's Special: .38 Special, J-frame, 5-shot revolver[4]
  • S&W Model 60 LadySmith: .38 Special, J-frame, 5-shot revolver; known as Chief's Special LadySmith[4]


  1. Petzal, David (1995). "More Bang for the Buck". p. 44. 
  2. Supica, Jim (2007). Standard Catalog of Smith and Wesson (3 ed.). Iola, Wisconsin: F+W Media. p. 222. ISBN 978-0-89689-293-4. 
  3. Ayoob, Massad (2010). Massad Ayoob's Greatest Handguns of the World. Gun Digest Books. pp. 218–220. ISBN 978-1-4402-0825-6. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 Hartink, A.E. (2003). The Complete Encyclopedia of Pistols and Revolvers. Edison, New Jersey: Chartwell Books, Inc. pp. 225. ISBN 978-0-7858-1871-7. 

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