Smith & Wesson Model 20

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Smith & Wesson Model 20 - .38/44

The Smith & Wesson Model 20 was a revolver (chambered for .38/44, a more powerful version of the .38 Special and the predecessor to the .357 magnum) designed on the large N-frame. At the time of it's introduction the large frame was commonly referred to as the "44 frame" - hence the caliber being designated 38/44. Meaning the cartridge should only be fired in the 44 framed "Heavy Duty". It was in production between 1930 and 1966. It is commonly mistaken for a Model 10 in movies and television shows, however, the frame is quite a bit larger. Before Smith & Wesson went to numbering its different models in 1957 the Model 20 was called "The Heavy Duty ".



(1930 - 1966)

  • Type: Revolver
  • Caliber(s): .38/44
  • Weight: lb ( kg)
  • Length: in ( cm)
  • Barrel length(s): 4", 5", 6" ( cm)
  • Capacity: 6
  • Fire Modes: SA/DA

The Smith & Wesson Model 20 was seen in the following:


Title Actor Character Note Date
In the Heat of the Night Rod Steiger Chief Bill Gillepsie 1967
The Devil's Brigade Tom Stern Captain Cardwell 1968
The Getaway John Bryson The Accountant 1972
Detroit 9000 Ron Mcllwan Sam Orr 1973
Dillinger The Mason City Police Officers 1973
Electra Glide in Blue Billy Green Bush Deputy Zipper Davis 1973
The Stone Killer David Moody Gus Lipper 1973
The Stone Killer LAPD officer 1973
Melvin Purvis G-MAN Tupelo police 1974

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Mods Notation Release Date
Max Payne 3 Revolver .38 2012

See Also

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

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