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Smith & Wesson Model 642: The Snubbie Soldiers On

In the 1960s and 70s, the short barreled snub-nosed revolver was the one to have. Police officers carried full-sized wheelguns with four or six inch barrels, so that was the norm. The really cool guys on TV or in the movies carried snubbies, little Colt Detective Specials or Smith & Wesson Chief’s Specials. I remember Gene Hackman’s ankle-holstered snubbie from The French Connection. I always wondered if it was a Colt or a S&W. It turns out, thanks to continuity errors it was both!