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This is a discussion on S&W Model 12-2 within the Double Action Revolvers forums, part of the Handgun Forum category; Here's one I've had for a while. It's a S&W Model 12-2 from 1981. It has an alloy frame and is in pristine condition. I ...

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Old 01-05-2017, 02:19 PM   #1
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S&W Model 12-2

Here's one I've had for a while. It's a S&W Model 12-2 from 1981. It has an alloy frame and is in pristine condition. I believe it is called an airweight. It has a 4" barrel and is chambered for 38 special and has an odd stamping on the bottom of the front of the barrel.. VALLEY GUNS LA CA. The condition is too nice for it to be a rental at a gun range..it is what it is. Here's a few pics.

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Old 01-06-2017, 03:26 AM   #2
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It certainly could have been a rental. I doubt too many would have wanted to use a model 12. It is a nice light weight gun.
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Old 01-06-2017, 12:31 PM   #3
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i briefly owned one.......turns out it had a hairline crack in the frame and after shooting a few rounds the cylinder would bind........

fortunately, the seller took it back......I have read that the service life of these model 12's was not that great and plus p ammo was definately not recommended
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Old 01-06-2017, 01:11 PM   #4
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Your absolutely right...shoulda mentioned the frame crack issue. It is not uncommon for these to have a hairline crack in the frame near the forcing cone..you have to look real close. I was at a gun show with a friend about ten years ago and he came close to buying one. I always carry a pencil, magnifying glass and a bore light when attending the shows as it's easy to miss as some of the cracks are very hard to see. I kinda doubt that a range would have an alloy frame as a rental in 38 special but stranger things have happened. Since it's serial number puts it at 1972 it may be an import mark. It's one of the very few that never gets shot.

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Old 01-06-2017, 11:32 PM   #5
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I wonder if it might have been a special run. I think the round butt was more common with the 2" barrel but I thought the 4" barrels usually came with square butts. Just idol speculation as I don't know much about the alloy K frames. The air force used them for air crew I think, some with alloy cylinders for even lighter weight, though I think that did not work out very well. I know they made batches of steel and stainless steel K frames with round butts and 4" barrels for police orders. Used to see those on sale as police trade-ins when they all went auto.
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