Brigid just posted regarding a J-Frame Smith 637 and her adventures with it. She reminded me of my J-Frames.
I love Smith & Wesson J-Frames. Especially in .38 Special and .357. The first one I owned was a Model 49, blue. Sweet gun, but having the corrosive perspiration equivalent to pool acid, it soon had a patina of rust and corrosion, even after religiously wiping her down and keeping her coated in gun oil and WD 40. Used to have a large rust spot on my T-shirt and shorts (appendix carry) when I worked at the convenience store. Eventually, I had to sell her to pay bills. (Back in the 70′s.)
My second J-Frame was an early Model 60. My old friend Steve traded her to me. He traded a well-worn LW Commander for her. She was very cool, but had a very heavy trigger. One could slow-pull it and stack the trigger, though. On one occasion, I was able to put 5 rounds down range, double-action @ 25 yards. The group could be covered by a coffee cup. I was very proud, but was never able to reproduce the event. Unfortunately, she was in the safe when it was taken. :- (
My third is my current J-Frame, a 442 electroless nickel. I’ve been carrying her for 17 years. Some of the electroless nickel has worn off on the Smith logo, on the starboard side, right wear my left thumb knuckle rides. (I’m left handed). A lighter trigger than the 60, but just not as accurate a piece. But, accurate enough. She lives in my left front pocket in the Summer when it’s too hot to carry the 5″ 1911.
I know, revolvers are old-school, but sometimes they are just the thing. With a Bianchi Speed-Strip or Two.
As long as they don’t have an internal key lock. That’s just wrong.