By Bob Walsh
The Gun of the Week this time around is one of my favorite casual plinking pistols, the S&W Model 34 revolver.
This is a six-shot .22 revolver. They were originally made on the I frame but later on the slightly larger J-frame. It is often called a Kit Gun as a hunter or fisherman can just toss it into his kit and have a handy, useful weapon for finishing off wounded animals, defense against snakes or other unpleasant critters and similar chores. They were made with either a 2” or 4” barrel with the 4” being more common.
Early production used a serrated trigger. Later production used a wide, smooth trigger with a semi-target hammer. Some variations used a flat latch, some did not. A very small number (fifteen made, only four ever shipped) are known to exist with fixed sights. The normal production items have the excellent S&W adjustable rear sight.
They were available with both square butt and round butt configurations, in both blue and nickel.
This particular weapon is a 34-1, 1983 production. It was discontinued in 1991. The current variation is an 8-shot stainless steel version, the Model 63.
Variations were also produced with alloy frames (Model 43) and chambered for the .22 WMR cartridge (Model 51).