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The history of the Combat Magnum begins in 1899 with the introduction of the Smith and Wesson Military and Police revolver.
This medium frame revolver is among the best handling and smoothest revolvers ever produced.
The inherent accuracy of the type was recognized early on and a number of adjustable sight versions were introduced. Prior to World War Two, revolver design and custom work reached a new high.I have loaded various loads using heavy cast bullets of 180 to 200 grains that give excellent accuracy and a hard slap- but they are not quite Magnums.The Combat Magnum has excellent leverage for the size of the handgun.1950 = start at 1 1952 = 7369 - 21342 1953 = 28916 1955 = 55050 - 75000 1957 = 117770 - 125000 1962 = starts at 295000 1969 = ends at 786544 J serial Prefix serial numbers. After the Second World War, S&W began using one-letter prefixes on several models of revolvers. This was the beginning of the ‘V’ (for Victory) prefix.