It's an L frame.
The Smith & Wesson web site lumps the K and L frame sizes in the same section, and the individual pistol listings only state "medium size" for the frame category. Does anyone know what the specific frame size for the 386 Sc/S is? This is the 7-shot 21oz. scandium frame w/stainless cylinder in .357....
Back years ago the K-model was suffering some problems with the forcing cone cracking. So S&W beefed it up a little with the L-model which is a little less than a N-model. Confused yet. I am but that's the way I see it. The 386/SC is on the L-frame as far as I know.
Thanks all. I wish the S&W site provided more detail in the product listings....
I'm thinking about getting one of these, so keep an eye out for a range report!
I have shot revolvers all my life and most of them have been Smith and Wessons. I'd stay away from anything that has words Scandium, Titanium and Magnum in it's description.
Why the K-Frame AND the L-Frame?
The L-Frame was introduced to beef up the mid-size .357 Magnum revolver, yet retain the same grip size. Many men found the N-Frame too large for good double action shooting.
In my opinion, the L-Framed Model 586 is the ultimate DA .357 Magnum revolver. I have two, a 4" and a 6" and have worked many rounds through each without a hiccup. The L-Frame revolver will handle heavy bullet loads that will not work in the N-Framed guns nor the Colt Python. Both of these guns have cylinders too short to accommodate the 173gr. SWC when cripmed in the crimping groove. Both the K-Framed Model 19 and the L-Framed 586 will handle this, but it is best kept out of the K-Framed gun.
Last edited by Bob Wright; 12-26-2007 at 11:29 AM. Reason: Correct poor English