Smith & Wesson Victory Model

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Smith & Wesson Victory Model - a modified and parkerized version of the .38 Special revolver, the Smith & Wesson Model 10 - the "Victory Model" is chambered in .38 S&W

The Smith & Wesson Victory Model was born from yet another request by the U.S. Military (during war time) to supplement their issued sidearms with quickly tooled up civilian handguns. From 1940 - 1942 ,before the United States entered WW II, the company sold Smith & Wesson Military & Police revolvers (parkerized and chambered for .38 S&W or 38/200) to both British and British Commonwealth forces (e.g. Australia, Canada, New Zealand). Beginning in 1942 Smith & Wesson placed a "V" in the serial number prefix for "Victory" against the Axis powers and renamed the M&P the Victory Model. When their own supplies of M1911 Govt. .45 automatics were stretched, the U.S. Army adopted the Smith & Wesson Victory Model for their own troops. The revolver was given plain wooden grips, was parkerized 'gray', and was chambered for the .38 Special. It never replaced the M1911 as the primary side arm of front line units, but it saw plenty of service as the handgun of secondary or support units. It also saw use with civilian users such as defense plant guards and U.S. Postal Police. It was especially popular with aviators and military dog handlers. Regulations prohibited carry of the M1911 pistol with a live round in the chamber, but one can't drop a dog's leash or fly an aircraft hands-free while one cycles the slide to load a cartridge. Army helicopter pilots continued to use the Victory model until the early 1960's. After the war Victory models were given to the German police forces when they were reconstructed during the allies occupation of Germany. Occasionally Victory models with "Bavarian Rural Police" and "Bavarian Municipal Police" will surface on the collector market. There is even a (unconfirmed) report that U.S. Government National Park Rangers were still being issued Victory models as recently as the late 1980's



(1942 - 1945)

  • Type: Revolver
  • Caliber: .38 S&W, .38 Special
  • Barrel length(s): 2 in (5.1 cm), 4 in (10.2 cm), 5 in (12.7 cm), 6 in (15.2 cm)
  • Capacity: 6-round cylinder
  • Fire Modes: SA/DA


Title Actor Character Note Date
They Were Expendable Russell Simpson 'Dad' Knowland 1945
Operation Amsterdam Dutch officers 1959
Operation Amsterdam Tony Britton Maj. Dillon 1959
Treasure of Silver Lake Herbert Lom Cornel Brinkley 1962
Treasure of Silver Lake Bandits 1962
Lemonade Joe Oldrich Lukes Sheriff 1964
None But the Brave Clint Walker Capt. Dennis Bourke 1965
How I Won the War Michael Crawford Lt. Earnest Goodbody 1967
Sorrel Flower (Fleur d'oseille) Amidou Francis 1967
Let Them Rest (Requiescant) Lou Castel "Requiescant" 1967
Let Them Rest (Requiescant) Attilio Severini The stagecoach driver 1967
The Southern Star George Segal Dan Rockland 1968
The Southern Star Michel Constantin Jose 1968
The Southern Star Sylvain Levignac Louis 1968
The Southern Star Guy Delorme Michael 1968
With Clean Hands (Cu mainile curate) Sergiu Nicolaescu Tudor Miclovan 1972
With Clean Hands (Cu mainile curate) Romanian police 1972
The Last Cartridge (Ultimul cartus) Ilarion Ciobanu Mihai Roman 1973
The Last Cartridge (Ultimul cartus) Jean Constantin Floacă 1973
The Last Cartridge (Ultimul cartus) Criminals 1973
A Police Commissioner Accuses (Un comisar acuza) Sergiu Nicolaescu Tudor Moldovan 1974
A Police Commissioner Accuses (Un comisar acuza) Iron Guard legionnaires 1974
Borsalino and Co. Alain Delon Roch Siffredi 1974
Borsalino and Co. Adolfo Lastretti Luciano 1974
Borsalino and Co. Lionel Vitrant Fernand 1974
Borsalino and Co. Siffredi and Volpone henchmen 1974
St. Ives Benjie Bancroft Patrolman 1976
Street People (Gli esecutori) A mobster 1976
Revenge (Revansa) Sergiu Nicolaescu Tudor Moldovan 1978
The Duel (Duelul) Sergiu Nicolaescu Tudor Moldovan 1981
The Commander Duclaud's henchman 1988
Female Agents Maquisards 2008
Day of the Falcon (Or noir) Tahar Rahim Prince Auda 2011
Day of the Falcon (Or noir) Riz Ahmed Ali 2011
Day of the Falcon (Or noir) Nasib's officers, Auda´s men 2011
Hotel Lux Valery Grishko Josef Stalin 2011
Jürgen Vogel Siggi Meyer
A Dark Truth Devon Bostick Renaldo 2012


Show Title Actor Character Note / Episode Air Date
Baa Baa Black Sheep Jeff McKay Lt. Don French Mother of Pearl K-Frame Grips 1976 - 1978
Mail Call 2002 - 2009
Midsomer Murders James Richard Marshall Young Peter Fossett S14E1 "Death in the Slow Lane" 2010
Boardwalk Empire Jack Huston Richard Harrow 2010-Present
Supernatural - Season 6 Peter Ciuffa H.P. Lovecraft "Let It Bleed" (S06E21) 2011
Supernatural - Season 7 Nicholas Lea Eliot Ness "Time After Time" (S07E12) 2012
Peaky Blinders - Season 2 various characters anachronistic 2014
Father Brown - Season 5 Benjamin Fisher Raymond Worrall "The Eagle and the Daw" (S05E06) 2017

See Also

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

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