Summary: Walt Rauch’s review of and rating for the Smith & Wesson Model 40-1 revolver, including a range report, photos, pricing, specs, user ratings and user comments.
There are those among us who would suggest that the Smith & Wesson Model 40 Centennial revolver is the best all-around hideaway revolver–not only that S&W ever made but that anyone ever made. Although I wouldn’t be tempted to lay quite so lavish praise onto this petite, five-shot, double-action-only five-shooter, I must admit that I’d be hard pressed to argue the point either. It certainly is a world-class snubby by any measure. And it is a model that any well-acquitted gun guy should consider to be a mandatory must-have.
Smith & Wesson is well aware that nostalgia sells. The Springfield, MA gun maker has been releasing modern versions of its most famous firearms from days gone by. It has appropriately labeled these handguns as “Classics.”