• .22 LR
• Cap.: 8
• Brl.: 3''
• Small frame
• Black rubber grip
• Internal lock
• Stainless steel
• Satin stainless
|Sights||HiViz Fiber Optic Red Front, Adjustable Rear|
|Cylinder Finish||Stainless Steel|
|Left Hand Model||No|
- excellent but ammo sensitive (review by George on 2/27/2017)
This model 63 S&W is a fine revolver. It will not function with some brands of ammo – however ammo sensitivity is not uncommon with .22 firearms of all types so I rated it five stars. The cylinders will not turn after the first round or two of any CCI, old stock Eley (I have not tried new Eley), S&B, or Remington. I have tried Long Rifle (LR), Shorts, Long, and CB etc. If you want to use these brands load one cylinder only and eject after firing.
It functions perfectly with Federal, Winchester, Agula, and Browning. Federal is best because the others listed become hard to eject after 150 rounds or so and a light cleaning of the cylinders is needed. I have fired 500+ rounds of Federal with no cylinder cleaning and ejection was still slick.
This gun has good accuracy with almost all .22 LR ammo I have tried and with some brands of .22 short. I got this as a companion to a S&W 686 plus .357 mag for training but it may displace my Ruger single six as a field carry gun for every purpose but small game hunting. (The Ruger has a 6.5” barrel and is much heavier making shot placement easier for most hunting applications.) I would rather carry the S&W 63 since it is lighter, shorter, and has two more cylinders.
This gun has a coil mainspring and so double action mode has a stiffer trigger than the larger S&W revolvers with flat springs. The trigger is very smooth and consistent in double action mode and I got used to it fast - single action is light and crisp.
With proper ammo I get one hundred percent reliability and I recommend this gun to everyone.
I suggest the SPEEDBEEZ 317-08 speedloader as an accessory.