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Alas, all are now only available with 4-inch barrels—short barrel versions can be found on the used market.
While all K-frame revolvers were once available in blue, nickel, or stainless steel finishes, only the Model 10 is blued—the other three are stainless steel. Concealable, durable, extremely accurate with reliability beyond reproach, the K-frame has been the primary handgun I’ve recommended to prospective defensive handgun owners since becoming a police firearms instructor in 1986.
A bit more than a half century later—1949 to be exact—Carl Hellstrom, the first head of the company not from the Wesson family, had the engineering department revamp the I-frame in order to produce a smaller .38 Special revolver.
The changes involved slightly increasing the size of the I-frame and changing from a flat mainspring to a coil mainspring.
Eventually the .38 was dropped, and everybody just called it a Chiefs Special.
Initially the Chiefs Special came with a 2” barrel, but by the end of that first year a clamoring among policemen pushed Smith & Wesson to begin offering the revolver with a 3” barrel.
Inside the factory, they were known as the I- and K-frames.
It would be decades before the factory nomenclature of letter frame designations would be divulged to the public via gun writers.
Speedloaders allow you to reload your K-frame with fresh rounds nearly as fast as you can reload a semi-auto.
Smith & Wesson manufactures revolvers in four frame sizes which run alphabetically from smallest to largest: the J-frame revolver (five-shot “snubbies”), K-frame revolver (six-shot .38 Special and .357 Magnums), L-frame revolver (heavy-duty six- to eight-shot .357 Magnums), and N-frame revolver (.41 Magnums and larger).
The K-frame revolver, the first standardized frame size in the 20th Century Smith & Wesson line, represents the best balance of size, power, and portability—which is why it was the standard American police sidearm for nearly 100 years.
The operation of a K-frame revolver is very simple.
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.