Smith and Wesson Model 37 AirWeight

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IMG_1118 The Model 37 AirWeight fits nicely in even average sized hands

This is the final installment in the three-part series “A Trio of Smiths”

http://thatweirdgunguy.com/2015/08/31/a-trio-of-smiths/

http://thatweirdgunguy.com/2015/09/01/smith-and-wesson-357-magnum/

http://thatweirdgunguy.com/2015/09/03/smith-and-wesson-model-10/

In the early 1950s, the U.S. was engaged in the height of the Korean Conflict. The Air Force was looking for an ideal emergency/survival sidearm to arm their pilots and aircrew with in case of being shot down behind enemy lines. They had a few eccentric survival rifle designs, but no dedicated sidearm for self defense. During WWII, most pilots were armed with either the Colt 1911 or the S&W Victory revolver, which was a war-time modification of the M&P. Both were fine for front line infantry use, but were less than suitable for the Air Force’s mission. For one, weight savings were paramount. The mighty Colt and Smith clock in at 38 and 34 ounces unloaded respectively, which may not seem like…

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Direct Descendant of, Roman General, and Consul of Rome, BRITTIUS, of the Imperial Roman Army.
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