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Weapon Trivia Wednesday: Smith & Wesson Model 64, The Last Great Police 38
Mike the Mook

If you were born before 1990, chances are that you remember seeing police officers wearing a holstered revolver. If you were born before 1975 and served as a police officer, it is highly likely that it was your first handgun out of the academy. For nearly 100 years the .38 Special was the “go-to” cartridge for law enforcement officers.

In this modern era of polymer-framed, striker fired semiautomatic pistols, revolvers seem a bit dated. However, the Model 64 by Smith & Wesson may be the greatest incarnation of the .38 caliber police revolver.

Basically, the Model 64 is a stainless steel Model 10, a design with roots at the turn of the 20th century and fourteen or fifteen versions produced until 2012 or so. The Model 64 hit the market in 1970 as a no-frills stainless steel double-action revolver chambered in .38 Special.

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