The S&W Model 57 revolver is the large N frame revolver chambered in the under appreciated but superb .41 magnum cartridge. It was introduced in the mid 60s with the idea to fill the perceived need of a police round that gave performance between the .357 magnum and the .44 magnum. A few big name influential gun writers at the time pushed this idea till Remington and S&W bought into the idea and introduced the round and the gun.
Showing just how much opinionated gun writers know, it has more or less flopped since day one. Cops liked their 38spls just fine and if they wanted more they have the 357 magnum. Users of the time complained about the recoil of the 41 compared to the 38/357 loads. I think these cops must have been the fathers of the men who now complain the .45ACP has too much recoil because I think the 41 is pleasant to shoot.
It was adopted by a few places and I’m sure a few individuals carried them here and there but it never became what it was intended to be. One has to wonder if S&W started to question the judgement of the gun writers at the time when it comes to market demand. Elmer Kieth and Bill Jordan were two of its proponents and it must have been a blow to those huge egos to learn they didn’t have a finger on the pulse. Or maybe they didn’t care and just wanted a .41. The gun never received the adoration of the .44magnum in any event. That is a shame because the 41 really is the best of both worlds in my humble opinion. Long story short, it was overshadowed by the 44 magnum. Dirty Harry putting the final nail in the coffin so to speak.
The gun pictured has the 8-3/8 length barrel. It came with the adjustable target sights, wider hammer and trigger. The grips are the wider over sized target grips.
|170 gr (11 g) JHP Cor-Bon||1,275 ft/s (389 m/s)||614 ft⋅lbf (832 J)|
|210 gr (14 g) JHP||1,560 ft/s (480 m/s)||1,135 ft⋅lbf (1,539 J)|
|240 gr (16 g) FMJ+P Winchester||1,250 ft/s (380 m/s)||833 ft⋅lbf (1,129 J)|
|265 gr (17 g) HP-GC Buffalo Bore Heavy||1,350 ft/s (410 m/s)||1,072 ft⋅lbf (1,453 J)|
The Model 57 was produced 1964-1991 when it was discontinued then brought back in 2008. The model 57 above is one from the original run and is a 57 and not the 57-1 etc according to its markings.
No shooting tests today but will try to get that done. I know several of you have been asking for more revolver stuff so here is the start of that with the new production Colt python coming soon.