S&W Model 627 .38 Super

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Smith & Wesson have developed a Banger’s exclusive Model 627 chambered in .38 Super. I really love the stainless glass bead finish along with the short black cylinder.

The reason for the big gap between the cylinder and the frame is because the original Model 27 was designed to chamber the .357 Magnum cartridge. A .38 Super case is about 30% shorter than a .357 Magnum case, hence the gap.


Capacity: 8 Rounds (Same as the .357 Magnum models)
Action: Single/Double Action
Barrel Length: 5 1/2″ Angled
Front Sight: Patridge
Rear Sight: Adjustable
Weight: 45.5 oz.
Material: Stainless Steel Frame and Cylinder
MSRP: I am not sure. Ask you local gun dealer to call Bangers about pricing.

.38 Super is a slightly weaker round than the .357 Magnum. Its advantage lies in the fact that it has just enough power to be classified as a Major cartridge in IPSC competitions. I know it is very popular among semi-auto IPSC competitors but I am not sure how popular it is with the revolver crowd. Caleb and Tam, do you know how?

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  • They drop these on the market occasionally – I remember they did a run of ’em back in 2001 or so. Outside of the competition market, I am not sure how popular they are, but in certain circles such as dedicated ICORE shooters, or people who use a revolver for Steel Challenge, an 8 shot .38 Super revolver is pretty much the berries for those games.

    Man, now I want one of these.

    • Caleb, heh heh, I knew you would want one 🙂

      Thanks for the comment.

  • Pedro

    Seriously ugly. But, hey, IPSC people are just a little different.

  • The 627-4 .38 Super was introduced in 2002. In my opinion, all of the Performance Center revolvers with non-standard barrel profiles have been damned ugly since Paul Liebenberg and John French left.

    The shorter .38 Super should be easier to speedload as it can’t flop around quite as much in the moonclips as the .357 Magnum. The shorter case should also eject more easily.

  • Ken


  • Matt Groom

    Not a big fan of moonclips myself. Or those grips, HIDEOUS! But I sorta like it.

    When are they gonna release another version of the 646, L-framed .40 S&W? I always wanted one of those!

  • Mike

    It’s not for IPSC/USPSA, the 625s (45 ACP) rule there because of the 6 shot per reload rule. Super cool gun, especially with a dot on top.

  • Averill

    Can 9mm ammo be used in the 38 super model 627?

  • Gerald Brickwood

    Darn, I’d love to try one out! I just wish they would make it in a 4″ barrel length and people would start lobbying IDPA to make it legal for Enhanced Service Pistol Division! 8 rounds and all!

  • David George Alvarez

    Perfect for USPSA Production!

  • Murf

    I found one and bought it after seeinghow hard they are to find. As to the question if they shoot 9mm, yes, and accurate as well. I shot the national steel match with it in 9mm since I didn’t have any 38 super loaded in time. All rounds worked in the moonclips and fed in the cylinder just fine. Jerry M. check the gun out for me and noted the grips are not his own but knockoffs the factory uses, they are to thin. I had to wrap them with grip tape for the match (temp only) until I can get some Hogues. I used a CR speed holster (used) but saw a bladetech at the match and would recomment it over the CR Speed.