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S&W Model 940 - 9mm Snub *Photos*

Discussion in 'Handgun Discussion' started by Robinett_11B, Apr 21, 2012.

  1. Robinett_11B

    Robinett_11B Everett, WA Member

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    This is a 9mm S&W Model 940-1 from around 1995, the last year before S&W started using MIM parts...so this one still possesses the forged steel hammer & trigger. It's a 5-shot J-frame Centennial that uses moonclips to load, unload & headspace the 9mm ammunition; much like .45ACP revolvers. It's not a rare piece, but it's scarce enough to be called "less-than-common".

    These weren't very popular in their day, for a variety of reasons. 9mm costed more than .38 Special in most areas, some guys don't like moonclips, it was a "new fangled" model, etc. Some of the guns also had to have a chamber or two honed after leaving the factory, as some examples had an issue with sticky extraction. S&W ended up dropping the 940 from the line due to a lack of demand. Well, fast forward 15 years and these little guys are harder to find and demand some good prices...they finally got the appreciation they deserved.

    I never really wanted one, but couldn't walk away from it once I saw it on a table at the show. So, it'll probably end up on the block before too long. I may end up buying some moonclips for it though and tossing it in a pocket, as it'd make a great CC piece. The 9mm round does very well out of the snub revolver and can be had much hotter than a .38...notice the difference in the two barrel profiles in the last photo below, the 940 is beefed up to handle the much higher pressure of the 9mm. I think it looks cool :cool:


    That's it I suppose....the 9mm S&W Model 940-1 :thumbup:

    -Rob

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  2. MrNiceGuy

    MrNiceGuy between springfield and shelbyville Well-Known Member

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    I've been on the lookout for one of those for awhile now.
    I love my little model 36, but I really want something that shares ammo with my other CCW pieces.

    Sweet find!
     
  3. Hawaiian

    Hawaiian Tigard Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Nice score, those are hard to come by. I have a Taurus 905 in 9mm. I would love to have that Smith. But not in the market right now. Keep it.
     
  4. Sun195

    Sun195 Pugetropolis, WA Well-Known Member

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    Nice looking gun - they did a good job making it. Wish they all still looked like that.
     
  5. jordanvraptor

    jordanvraptor Oregon City, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I owned one back then. I gave it up for a 642 as the 940 was heavy if you pocket carry. Who would have thought .38 ammo would get so expensive... :(

    Even with hot loads recoil wasnt as bad as a plus P .38 in the Airweight.

    Nice pics, brings back memories.