Re: Colt Detective Special v. S&W Chief's Special
The Colt cylinder latches only at the rear. The ejector rod is out in the open and a snag waiting to happen.
The S&W's cylinder latches front and rear, and tends to help keep the cylinder aligned with the bore over the long haul.
Colt made good revolvers, no question. As the saying goes, "Colt made the best automatics, S&W made the best revolvers." What amounts to fine-point details made my personal choice S&W -- I have a Model 36 and a Model 60LS in J-Frame 38s.
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