The Model 10 is a rugged design yet easy to mass produce. At the start of WWII, the United States was woefully unprepared for a second world wide conflict.

The official handgun of the military at the time was the Colt .45-caliber M1911 and its variants.

Smith & Wesson played a major part in the development and success of the cartridge and revolver that went with it.

The Victory model revolvers participated in various roles from guard duty to riding in a shoulder holster with fighter and bomber pilots.

I have talked to many ex-military personnel that carried them as late as the 1980s, as you can see these pistols played a significant part of our history.

.38 Special), a slightly elongated version of the .38 Long Colt cartridge with greater bullet weight (158 grains) and powder charge increased from 18 to 21 grains of gunpowder.

These included major modification and simplification of the internal lockwork and the addition of a locking underlug on the barrel to engage the previously free-standing ejector rod.

At a recent trip to the 2003 Louisville gun show I noticed prices on Victory revolvers had increased noticeably.

armed forces have always been under appreciated by collectors, the good news is that makes them relatively inexpensive to acquire, but this is changing.

The S&W Model 19 is a revolver produced by Smith & Wesson on its K-frame. The K-frame is somewhat smaller and lighter than the original N-frame .357, usually known as the S&W Model 27.

The .357 Magnum is the oldest "magnum" handgun cartridge.

In production since 1899, it is a six-shot double-action revolver with fixed sights.