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It’s de­pend­able, ef­fec­tive and, most of all, ver­sa­tile. Load it with one of the many avail­able de­fense loads, and you have one of the best weapons for close-quar­ters per­sonal pro­tec­tion. Load it heavy, and it’s suit­able for deer-sized game at mod­er­ate ranges (I limit my hunt­ing shots with a .357 to about the same as I would when I’m hunt­ing with a bow).

To lessen the re­coil, muz­zle blast and pen­e­tra­tion, you can load it with .38 Spe­cial or .38 Spe­cial +P ammo—great for home de­fense, as a fun plinker or as an ac­cu­rate tar­get gun.

The Smith & Wes­son Model 19 .357 Mag­num re­volver, built on the com­pany’s K frame, de­buted in 1957. From 1935 un­til that time, the .357 was of­fered only in S&W’s large-frame re­volvers, which even­tu­ally be­came known as the N frame.

The K frame has been around since 1899, when Smith & Wes­son in­tro­duced it to go with its then-new .38 S&W Spe­cial car­tridge, known more com­monly to­day as sim­ply the .38 Spe­cial. The com­pany’s .38 Spe­cial Model 10 saw wide use among po­lice depart­ments, but the more-pow­er­ful Model 19 re­placed it in many cases. It wasn’t un­til 1970 that the gun was of­fered in stain­less steel as the Model 66.

Be­low: K frames all. From the top: a vin­tage Model 10 .38 Spe­cial, fol­lowed by the .357s: stain­less Model 66, Model 19 Carry Comp and the Model 19 Clas­sic

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