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The Model 648 Returns To The Smith & Wesson Catalog

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The heavyweight Model 648 is a looker and a doer, boasting features that help the rimfire own the bullseye.

What Are The Model 648 Top Features:

The Smith & Wesson Model 648 has a spectral history, vanishing and reappearing in the Massachusetts gunmaker’s catalog several times since its release in 1989. Again, the stainless-steel .22 WMR revolver is back in all its glory after a nearly 14-year absence, giving rimfire fans not only an attractive option, but one with a reputation for light’s out accuracy. Though, you’ll have to drop some coin to add one to your collection.

As far as .22 wheelguns go, the Model 648 is certainly on the spendy side – a cool $749 suggested retail price. Yet, Smith & Wesson gives plenty of bang for the buck, so diehards of this corner of the gun world most certainly should find plenty of value in the medium K-Frame revolver. That’s especially true if you happen to favor shootability.

The .22 WMR isn’t a wrist-snapper in a light revolver by any stretch of the imagination, but should be tamed considerably out of the rather weighty Model 648. The revolver tips the scales at an impressive 46 ounces, if you’re keeping count that just shy of 3 pounds. While its K-Frame does plenty to add to its heft, the 648’s 6-inch barrel, sporting a full lug, also plays a role. Yeah, the features don’t exactly make the revolver a go-to backpack gun, for backcountry plinking.

On the other hand, they go a long way in upping the gun’s overall accuracy potential. Mostly this is due to the double-action revolver’s ample sight radius. But also, depending on the load, the .22 WMR tends to perform well out of longer-barreled guns.

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Some other notables on the Model 648 include black synthetic finger groove grips, a black Patridge front sight, adjustable rear sight and 8-round capacity. Smith & Wesson presently has a somewhat decent selection of .22 rimfire revolver, both Long Rifle and Magnum, including the Model 63, Model 317 Kit Gun, Model 17 Masterpiece, Model 617, Model 351 and Model 48.

Model 48 Specs

Caliber: 22 WMR
Capacity: 8
Barrel Length: 6″
Overall Length: 11.1″
Front Sight: Patridge
Rear Sight: Adjustable
Action: Single/Double Action
Grip: Synthetic
Weight: 46.2 oz
Cylinder Material: Stainless Steel
Barrel Material: Stainless Steel
Frame Material: Stainless Steel
MSRP: $749

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