Smith & Wesson Model 60

The Smith & Wesson Model 60 revolver is a 5-shot revolver that is chambered in either .38 Special or .357 Magnum calibers. It was the first revolver produced from stainless steel.

Smith & Wesson Model 60
Smith & Wesson Model 60-10 with 3" barrel
TypeService revolver
Place of originUnited States
Service history
In service1965–present
Used byNational Police Agency(South Korea)
Production history
ManufacturerSmith & Wesson
Unit cost$727.00
Mass~19 oz (1.875 in),
22.58 oz. with 2.125" barrel,
23.99 oz. with 3" barrel,
30.50 oz. with 5" barrel
Length6.625" with 2.125 barrel,
7.5" with 3" barrel,
9.0375 with 5" barrel
Barrel length1.875" (original), 2.125", 3", 5"

Caliber.38 Special
.38 Special +P
.357 Magnum
ActionDouble Action
Effective firing range23 meters
Maximum firing range46 meters
Feed system5-round cylinder
SightsFixed (1.875in or 2.125in barrel), Adjustable (1.875in (60-1), 3in & 5in bbl)


A stainless steel development of the Smith & Wesson Model 36 Chief's Special revolver, the Model 60 has a swing-out cylinder, and features an exposed hammer. It has been in production since 1965, and was the first regular production all stainless steel revolver made.[1] The 1965 model's stainless steel production proved so popular that there was a waiting list at gunshops for up to six months to purchase one. At that time the Model 60 featured a 1.875" barrel and was chambered solely for the .38 Special. Like the Model 36 (Model 50), S&W produced a limited-production version with adjustable sights, the Model 60-1 Chief's Special Target.

In 1996, the stronger J-Magnum frame was introduced and the cylinder was lengthened to support the .357 Magnum round, (as well as the .38 Special). The new model replaced the .38 Special-only version and is available in either a 2.125" or a 3" barrel, with a 5" barrel introduced in 2005.[2]

Sight Systems

With the exception of the Model 60-1, the vast majority of first-generation Model 60 revolvers were produced with fixed sights; modern production revolver are typically offered with either a fixed or adjustable rear sight and a fixed sight in front. Despite the reduction in effective range due to the short barrel and consequently reduced sight radius, the 2" barrel version is one of the preferred backup and concealed carry weapons for law enforcement officers and civilians alike to this day.[3]


  • S&W Model 60 Chief's Special: .38 Special, J-frame, 5-shot revolver[4]
  • Smith & Wesson Ladysmith: .38 Special, 357 mag (60-14), J-frame, 5-shot revolver; known as Chief's Special LadySmith[4]


  1. Petzal, David (1995). "More Bang for the Buck". Field & Stream. 100 (6): 44.
  2. Supica, Jim (2007). Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson (3 ed.). Iola, Wisconsin: F+W Media. p. 222. ISBN 978-0-89689-293-4.
  3. Ayoob, Massad (2010). Massad Ayoob's Greatest Handguns of the World. Gun Digest Books. pp. 218–220. ISBN 978-1-4402-0825-6.
  4. Hartink, A.E. (2003). The Complete Encyclopedia of Pistols and Revolvers. Edison, New Jersey: Chartwell Books, Inc. p. 225. ISBN 978-0-7858-1871-7.
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