Smith & Wesson Model 40

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Smith & Wesson Model 40 "Centennial" with grip safety - 38 Special
Smith & Wesson Model 40 Nickel - .38 Special

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Background

Prior to Smith & Wesson's switch to the current numerical naming system in 1957, the Model 40 was known as the "Centennial" as it was introduced the same year that Smith & Wesson was celebrating its 100th birthday. Initially marketed as a more advanced version of the famous S&W Safety Hammerless "Lemon Squeezer", the Model 40 featured a grip safety which could be pinned down. The revolver was also available in an Airweight aluminium-framed version known as the Model 42, but due to the fact that at this stage Smith & Wesson did not write "Airweight" on the frame of these pistols, differentiating it from the steel framed Model 40 is very difficult. Due to popular demand, Smith & Wesson in 1990 released the Model 640, a revolver based on the Centennial, omitting the grip safety and manufactured from stainless steel.

Specifications

(1952 - 1974)

  • Type: Revolver
  • Caliber(s): .38 Special
  • Weight: 1.19 lb (0.54 kg)
  • Length: 6.5 in (16.5 cm)
  • Barrel length(s): 2 in (5.08 cm)
  • Capacity: 5-round Cylinder
  • Fire Modes: DAO

The Smith & Wesson Model 40 and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
The Horse (La horse) Félix Marten Marc Grutti Early version 1970
Fear Is the Key Peter Marinker Larry 1972
The Outside Man Roy Scheider Lenny 1972
The Eiger Sanction Clint Eastwood Dr. John Hemlock 1975
Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot Estelle Getty Tutti Bomowski 1992
Pulp Fiction Amanda Plummer Honey Bunny 1994
Scream 3 Neve Campbell Sidney 2000
Equilibrium Christian Bale Cleric John Preston 2002

Television

Show Title / Episode Actor Character Note Air Date
The Avengers / "The Thirteenth Hole" (S04E18) 1961-1969
Doctor Who / "The Dæmons" Don McKillop Bert Walker 1963-1989
Starsky and Hutch David Soul Hutch 1975-1979
The Professionals A female terrorist 1977-1981
Miami Vice - Season 1 William Russ Evan 1984-1985
Prison Break - Season 1 Frank Grillo Nick nickel 2005-2009


See Also

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


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