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Old February 28, 2013, 07:34 PM   #11
MLeake
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ltc44, according to an article I read recently, Colt beat S&W to the punch, with a bolt-on hammer shroud for its D-frame revolvers. S&W followed suit with the original Bodyguard model J-frame, which looked more graceful as the shroud was integral to the frame.

The Centennial was based on stretching the I-frame Safety Hammerless to take the .38 Special, as opposed to the I-frame's .38 S&W. Eventually, the Centennial and its descendants evolved to lose the grip safety from the original design, too.

One reason I like the 442 is that it has virtually nothing that can snag.
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