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Old January 18, 2020, 09:25 AM   #1
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S&W M18

Who here has purchased or shot one?

What are your thoughts?
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Old January 18, 2020, 01:52 PM   #2
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If you are talking about the .22lr revolver, I own 2 of them. One of them is the last gun I'd ever sell.

There's something special about a K frame 22. Either 17 or 16, take your pick. The stainless versions are nice too (617).
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Old January 19, 2020, 10:47 AM   #3
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The model 18 is outstanding,I bought mine new in 1970, I also have the 6 inch version the model 17.Get one you will no regre it.
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Old January 19, 2020, 11:08 AM   #4
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The best 4" K-frame S&W .22LR revolver ever made IMO. I've owned many dozens of handguns and the M-18 truly fits in the category of "Pry it out of my cold, dead hands."
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Old January 19, 2020, 08:33 PM   #5
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Clang, I think the Model 16 is a .32 mag? Have a Mod 18 and a 1972 model 17, the 17 has only been shot about 50 or so times and the 18 more then I want to know about. Both gun's are in excellent condition I just don't have the time to shoot them.
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Old January 19, 2020, 09:06 PM   #6
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I've had this one (it's not my first) for a little over a year now...wonderfully accurate and a cheap way to get some DA/SA trigger time that directly applies to my M19 & M66's.

In my hands and off a rest it's as accurate as my M41 Smith, yet doesn't take match grade ammunition to make sub-2" groups at 25 yds. It truly is a great gun. Over the past year, I've been using it to coach family and friends on DA/SA revolver shooting...in that venue it's superb.

I've also had a Colt Diamondback .22 lr with a 4" bbl. for over 25 years. It just doesn't compare to the M18 Smith however. DA stacking in the trigger release is my prime complaint with it, that and it just isn't as accurate with any ammunition.

The only drawback to a Smith M18 that I've found is that the cylinder chambers are extremely tight...tight enough that ejection can be difficult with certain brands of ammunition. I keep the chambers clean and have polished them as well, and this makes it not much of gripe anymore.

If you're looking for a top-drawer .22 revolver, I don't think there's any that can compete. Too, it's 4" bbl. makes a great small caliber trail/plinking gun. M18's aren't cheap by any means, but I'll bet you'll never part with one if you take the plunge.

First pic: M18, 2nd shows it in comparison with my Colt Diamondback .22

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Old January 19, 2020, 11:33 PM   #7
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I'm guessing the OP typed in the wrong brand and meant SIG, not S&W.
https://www.sigsauer.com/store/p320-m18.html

Or the OP just put a revolver thread in the semiauto forum.
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Old January 20, 2020, 07:34 AM   #8
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Or the OP just put a revolver thread in the semi-auto forum.
Yep that's my take, hence my post in response. Rod
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Old January 29, 2020, 07:40 AM   #9
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Why is this thread in the Semi-Auto section?
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