A Quick Guide to Smith & Wesson

For more than 150 years, Smith & Wesson has made a variety of pistols, revolvers, and rifles to suit every need. The partnership between Horace Smith and Daniel Wesson was formed in 1852, with the express purpose of producing the first American self-contained cartridge ammunition. They succeeded two years later with their premier firearm, “The Volcanic.” Since then they've been an industry leader, developing some of the most iconic firearms in existence.

At Gunprime you can find classics like the .38 special revolver, a favorite of police forces across America for most of the 20th century. These traditional service revolvers protected New York City's finest since Teddy Roosevelt first issued his decree that they become the standard gun for the NYPD back in 1895. Though it was largely supplanted by semi-automatic handguns during the mid-90s, many officers continued to opt for the reliability of this old standby.

If you need more stopping power, Gunprime has a wide selection of Smith & Wesson .357 Magnums. Originally developed for law enforcement to fight gangsters during Prohibition, the Magnum now comes in a variety of styles and configurations.

One of the most popular selections is the Military & Police (M&P) series of Smith & Wesson firearms. The M&P Shield semi-automatic pistol comes in several calibers, from 9mm up to .45, and features a durable, lightweight polymer frame for ease of transport. Make sure to check your local laws, as some of these models may not be legal for sale in your location.

The M&P15 is the popular semi-automatic rifle variant of the series and comes in a wide array of configurations that allow you to customize it to your heart's content. While the standard model is a 5.56 caliber workhorse, Smith & Wesson also makes the 15-22, a .22 model suited for smaller game or recreational shooting.

For long range, you can't beat the LRR, Smith & Wesson's bolt-action series. This match-grade rifle comes in .243, .308, and 6.5 Creedmoor variants, has a fluted barrel designed to increase accuracy, and was rated one of tactical-life.com's 10 best rifles of 2018.

If raw power is what you're after, look no further than Gunprime's selection of S&W 500 revolvers. With the stopping power of a .308 rifle cartridge, this .50 behemoth can be used to hunt large game. Since the 500 series was too powerful for existing gun frames, Smith & Wesson developed their patented X-frame technology to handle the sheer might of the .50 Magnum rounds.

Whether you're in the market for a vintage revolver, a brand-new rifle, or just some extra magazines, Gunprime has you covered with a huge selection of the finest new and used Smith & Wesson firearms.

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Smith and Wesson Company History


History of the .38 Special


History of the .357 Magnum


Tactical Life review of the LRR


500 Series Stopping Power Article