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Monday, June 8, 2015

Smith & Wesson S&W M&P R8 357 Magnum Performance Center 8 Shot Revolver 170292 Designed for SWAT Entry Teams

The Smith & Wesson M&P R8 is a 21st century service revolver it surpasses conventional designs in several ways. The high capacity stainless steel cylinder the R8 has a scandium alloy frame that keeps its weight down to 36.3 ounces unloaded. The barrel is a two-piece affair with a steel shroud that is held in place at the muzzle by a special nut that maintains tension on the barrel, increasing its accuracy. The bottom portion of the barrel shroud forms an ejector rod shroud or under lug and ahead of that is an integral accessory rail. The top of the shroud acts as a ramp for the interchangeable front sight blade and it’s also the attachment point for another accessory rail that runs from the middle of the shroud back over the top strap, a little over an inch from the fully adjustable rear sight.

The rear sight is a V-notch unlike the square notches of most S&W handguns. I think the purpose here was to have the white dot on the front sight center itself into the rear V-notch for the correct sight picture that helps with faster sight acquisition. The shroud also contains the slot wherein fits the ball de tent of the forward locking point on this revolver.

The M&P R8 incorporates all the modern changes S&W has made to its revolver designs. Gone are the pinned barrel, pressed-in cylinder stop, hammer-mounted firing pin, and tiny pins to hold the extractor star in position. In place is a frame-mounted firing pin, a cylinder stop integral with the recoil shield, angular cuts in the ends of the extractor star arms that keep it in position, plus a key-operated internal safety lock. The traditional thumb latch has been redesigned to a more oval shape, and there’s now a stainless steel insert above the rear of the barrel to prevent top strap cutting by propellant gases to protect the frame. The hammer might best be called a semi-target design with a slightly enlarged spur that is checkered and rounded at the rear.

The trigger has a smooth face and is about 0.27 inches wide. In keeping with its Performance Center origins, the M&P R8 has a smooth double-action (DA) pull and a crisp, clean single-action (SA) pull, also noted that the chambers in the cylinder are chamfered for easier insertion of cartridges, especially if using the moon clips or a speed loader. The black synthetic grip has finger grooves and pebble-textured panels on the sides.

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Smith & Wesson S&W M&P R8 357 Magnum Performance Center 8 Shot Revolver

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Full Specs:
    PC Trigger with Trigger Stop
    PC Tuned Action
    SKU: 170292
    UPC: 022188702927
    Model: M&P R8
    Caliber: .357 Magnum or .38 S&W Special
    Capacity: 8 Rounds
    Barrel Length: 5" / 12.7 cm
    Front Sight: Interchangeable
    Rear Sight: Adjustable V-Notch
    Frame: Large - Exposed Hammer
    Action: Single/Double Action

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