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Smith & Wesson Centennial Model 40

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by 427, Jan 23, 2012.

  1. 427

    427

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    I thought some of you snub/J-frame might like to see my Model 40.

    It's one of the newer ones that can eat +P ammo. It has no lock, but there were a set of keys included which I thought was strange, but whatever!

    The grip safety is cool, but the trigger pull is like 12Lbs. The trigger is case colored, too.

    The only thing I did was add a Tyler-T and that's it. I think it's a cool piece!

    I don't think the Centennials are in production anymore.

    Please excuse my dark picts from my cheapie camera.

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    Gregg702 Gold Member

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    Very cool little gun, thanks for sharing.
     

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    TN.Frank Liberty or Death

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    IIRC they stopped putting the grip safety(Lemon Squeezer) on em' long before they were rated for +P. I'd double check the SN# and date of manufacture before I'd run much +P thru it. Hit the S&W Forum if you want to find out more about it. Lots of great folks over there that'll be willing to help give you more info.
    http://smith-wessonforum.com/forum.php

    Centennials are still being made but they're called the 642 today. The reason that the little enclosed hammer J-Frame got the name "Centennial" was because it was brought out in 1952, the Centennial of S&W's company being started.
     
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  5. Berto

    Berto woo woo

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    S&W reintroduced the 40 in their 'Classic' series and they are no lock +P rated guns.

    I love the case hardened finish on the new ones.
     
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    Ahh, ok, that explains it then. :supergrin:

    I remember once, many years ago(I was probably 12 or 13) being down here in Tennessee on vacation with the folks. Dad and I stopped in at a market on the side of the road to get a soda and something to eat and somehow we got to talking about guns. The store owner, an older guy, pulled out a Centennial of his pocket to show dad and I. I thought it was pretty cool back then and now I own the grandson of that gun, the 642. Funny how guns a person sees or learns about in his youth can effect our choices now.
     
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    Very nice, I would love a centennial with the grip safety. The classic line definitely has the better looks then my airweight. If only they all had the bluing like that!
     
  8. 427

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    These are reissues of the classics. I bought this new. The date on the envelope for the spent shell is 03-24-08 and the left side of the barrel is roll marked ".38 S&W Special+P. :wavey:
     
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    Thanks for the compliments, everybody!!!
     
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    kahrcarrier FAHRENHEIT

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    That is a very sweet carry revolver you have there............ Congrats!
     
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    i carry a centennial model 442 alot they are awesome revolvers
     
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    The original model is the model 40. The new classic line is the model 40-1. If it says 40-1 (look under the yoke) then it's okay with +P. The 40-1 is available in plain steel, nickel and color case hardened. No lock on any of them.
     
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    What did S&W do differently to make their steel J's able to handle +P? I have a 1982 made model 60. That was before S&W came out with the +P designation. Is it unsafe to put +P cartridges in it?
     
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    Probably something to do with the alloy of the steel or the heat treatment. Just a guess though.
     
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    I think it has something to do with the strength of the metal then and now. I have a Model 60 that I run +P's through that was made in the 70's. A gunsmith that I know said it would be fine running some every now and then, just don't do extended range sessions with them. I run 5 or 10 rounds through it once in a while and keep it loaded with them for carry. It hasn't hurt mine at all. It's still tight and still more accurate than I am.YMMV.
     
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    Very cool, congrats!
     
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    Cool gun 427. My LGS had a 42-2 like yours, it was a neat gun. I put an old 27-2 on layaway instead. If it's still there I may snag it up later. They have a habbit of getting more than one nice S&W in at a time. It make it hard to choose sometimes.
     
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    Thanks guys!

    It's a 40-1. I got it at a LGS for a discount. It was a display model that has a tiny but noticeable wear spot from people picking it up and putting it down on the counter barrel first on it's right side. Since it hadn't sold for a while because of the cosmetic issue, I got a bit of a break on the price. A touch of Sharpie takes care of the spot!

    Shooting regular ammo wasn't as bad as I thought it would be in terms of recoil. That being said it's not something that'd I can't wait to shoot, if you know what I mean.

    An older shooting buddy gave me a couple of boxes of LE ammo that he calls the "FBI" load. It's a 158gr LHP that's +P. I'm sort of afraid to fire these out of the snubbie.

    My buddy also says that he has some factory ammo called the "Treasury" load. From what I'm reading, I don't think I'll be shooting them out of my little revolver.
     
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    THe FBI load won't hurt that gun, the "Treasury Load" is a +P+ 110gr, which is hot, but won't hurt anything in limited quantities.