Smith and Wesson Model 12-3 38 special revolver . Airweight alloy frame, 6 shot, K frame in bright blue finish. Has a few light handling marks. After World War II, manufacturers began producing handgun parts from aluminum alloys that had been developed during the conflict. First was Colt in 1950 with the Cobra, featuring an alloy frame that reduced its weight to 15 ounces. In 1951 the U.S. Air Force purchased Colt Cobra revolvers fitted with aluminum cylinders that reduced their unloaded weight to only 11 ounces. Known as the Aircrewman Special, the revolver was intended for issue to pilots and other personnel for whom weight was a prime concern. S&W did not take this lying down and the following year offered the .38 M&P Airweight that utilized an aluminum frame and cylinder identical in height and length but 0.08 inch narrower than the steel K-Frame. For decades, the Model 12 maintained a loyal following among American police agencies, especially plainclothes officers and female officers. As did their counterparts in law enforcement, civilians were also fond of the Model 12, primarily because of its light weight, higher cartridge capacity, superior ergonomics, and recoil control when compared to the small-frame snubbie revolvers. During its production life, the Model 12 was upgraded with redesigned frames (12-1), larger sights and grips (12-2), and cylinders (12-3). In the mid-1980s, with the burgeoning popularity of semiauto pistols with both police and civilian shooters, the Model 12 was dropped from the company's line. The super high polished finish made it hard to get pictures to do it justice but I have done my best.
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