Smith & Wesson Model 57

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Smith & Wesson Model 57 with 6" barrel - .41 Magnum
Smith & Wesson Model 57 with nickel finish and 8 3/8" barrel - .41 Magnum

The Smith & Wesson Model 57 is a large frame, double-action revolver with a six round cylinder. It is Smith & Wesson's fine and high-end target revolver chambered for the .41 Remington Magnum cartridge. The Model 57 is roughly the same as a high-end Model 27 or 29. It is even the same weight as the Model 29. The intended target market segments included law enforcement agencies and civilian firearms enthusiasts. It was intended for law-enforcement because it had better ballistics than a .357 Magnum, but less recoil than the mighty .44 Magnum. A no-frills duty version was made and dubbed the Smith & Wesson Model 58. Despite being a very high-end revolver, the Model 57 never caught on with law enforcement as was intended, since the Model 57 was the same size and weight as the Model 29, which was already being carried by many departments. The Model 57 was eventually discontinued, though it remains popular amongst revolver collectors and enthusiasts of the .41 Magnum cartridge.

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Specifications

(1964 - 1993, 2008 - present)

  • Type: Revolver
  • Caliber(s): .41 Magnum
  • Weight: 3 lbs (1.36 kg)
  • Length: 11.5 in (29.2 cm)
  • Barrel length(s): 6 in (15.2 cm)
  • Capacity: 6
  • Fire Modes: DA/SA

The Smith & Wesson Model 57 has been seen in the following:

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
The Stuff Harvey Waldman The Gate Guard 6-inch barrel, blued 1985
A Bittersweet Life N/A N/A 4-inch barrel, blued 2005
Hobo with a Shotgun Dr. Doom robber 4-inch barrel 2011

Anime

Show Title Character Notation Date
City Hunter Ryo "A One-Hole-Shot to a Lovely: Hands Off My Lady Detective" (Season 1, Episode 8), erroneously referred to as a "Model 58" 1987


See Also

  • Smith & Wesson - A list of all firearms manufactured by Smith & Wesson.



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