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Smith and Wesson Models: How To Choose the Firearm That's Best For You

By    |   Tuesday, 07 Apr 2015 11:01 AM

Smith & Wesson, the largest manufacturer of handguns in the United States, offers several different types of firearms to choose from. From pistols to revolvers and semi-automatics, Smith & Wesson likely has a product to address your interests.

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When purchasing a personal firearm, there are several factors to take into account, including shooting experience, whether or not you intend to carry the weapon concealed, and your ability to control the weapon should all be considered. The size and strength of a person often determines their capability to use a firearm and should be considered when choosing a firearm.

While Hollywood’s characterization of Clint Eastwood in "Dirty Harry" made the Smith & Wesson .44 Magnum a household name, it’s not likely or logical you will be carrying a concealed Model 29 in your coat. As Handguns Magazine advises, a weapon of that magnitude is difficult to handle for the inexperienced user.

Gauging your use and expectations of the weapon will also help you choose the appropriate firearm.

1. Home Defense: In terms of home and self-defense, the Smith & Wesson .357 Model 686 revolver is considered an appropriate choice, as noted by ShootSafelearning.com.
The 686, weighs nearly 40 ounces, and is a favorite of serious gun enthusiasts and law enforcement officials as it is durable and withstands regular use.

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2. Concealed Carry/Personal Protection: When considering a concealed carry weapon, you should choose a firearm that is compact, light and small. Smith & Wesson’s .357 Model 340 meets all these criteria and is comfortable to carry for extended periods, according to ShootSafeLearning.com.  The 340 is considered the most popular and lightest personal defense revolver on the market.

3. Hunting: If you are hunting, particularly larger game, Smith & Wesson has that market cornered as well. The 500 handgun can take out large animals, which is a big deal for a handgun. “It reminds me of the guns seen on the old Saturday morning cartoons; where the coyote pulls a gun out of his pocket that is as big as he is,” wrote Jeff Quinn in his review on Gunblast.com. 

4. Collecting: If you are considering collecting firearms, Smith & Wesson weapons are highly collectible. The company was founded in 1852 and many of their previously manufactured guns are now rare items.  Guns.com offers a quick guide to collecting them. 

Since its inception, Smith & Wesson has produced several dozen varying models of firearms. Most recently the company announced it was branching out and will expand its hunting models with the acquisition of Battenfeld Technologies in 2015, as reported by the Columbia Daily Tribune.

This article does not constitute legal advice. Check the current gun laws before purchasing or traveling with a firearm.

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