Smith & Wesson Re-Labels TALO Edition Firearms as Their Own

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Many of you may be aware of Talo Distributors, Inc. for their special edition runs of popular firearms. They list 13 different manufacturers with hundreds of cool and unique guns they have offered over the years. Smith & Wesson is included in this group, but they are quietly parting ways. It has not been stated that there is bad blood between the two companies. Nevertheless, in 2017 Smith & Wesson will be absorbing all of the Talo edition firearms into their brand completely.

The pricing for all of the following firearms should not vastly change from what it was once. Overall, this transition is a good thing for consumers. Whereas before gun shops could only purchase and stock these unique firearms from a few specific distributors they will now be able to acquire them much more easily. For those who are not familiar, here is a condensed list of some of the more popular models.


Talo686 PLUS “3-5-7” Magnum Series – MSRP $899

  • 3″, 5″ & 7″ Barrels
  • 7-Shot Cylinders
  • “L” Frame .357 Magnum
  • Custom “357” Black/Silver Wood Grips

Talo686 PLUS Deluxe – MSRP $899

  • 3″ Barrel
  • 7-Shot Cylinder
  • “L” Frame .357 Magnum
  • Textured Laminate Wood Grip

Talo686 PLUS Deluxe – MSRP $899

  • 6″ Barrel
  • 7-Shot Cylinder
  • “L” Frame .357 Magnum
  • Textured Wood Grip

Talo629 Deluxe – MSRP $999

  • 3″ Barrel
  • 6-Shot Cylinder
  • “N” Frame .44 Magnum
  • Textured Wood Grip

Talo629 Deluxe – MSRP $1,029

  • 6.5″ Barrel
  • 6-Shot Cylinder
  • “N” Frame .44 Magnum
  • Textured Wood Grip

TaloPerformance Center 586 L-Comp – MSRP $1,199

  • 3″ Ported (Compensated) Barrel
  • 7-Shot Cylinder
  • .357 Magnum
  • Performance Center Tuned Action
  • Tritium Front Night Sight

TaloPerformance Center 642 – MSRP $536

  • 1.875″ Barrel
  • 5-Shot Cylinder
  • .38 Special +P
  • Performance Center Tuned Action
  • Polished Cylinder Flutes, Thumbpiece & Trigger
  • Custom Synthetic Grip w/ Wood Insert
  • Cylinder Machined Out for Moon Clips

TaloPerformance Center 637 – MSRP $525

  • 1.875″ Barrel
  • 5-Shot Cylinder
  • .38 Special +P
  • Performance Center Tuned Action
  • Custom Basket-Weave Wood Grips

TaloPerformance Center 642 – MSRP $525

  • 1.875″ Barrel
  • 5-Shot Cylinder
  • .38 Special +P
  • Performance Center Tuned Action
  • Custom Basket-Weave Wood Grips

TaloM&P Bodyguard 380 Engraved – MSRP $385

  • 2.75″ Barrel
  • 6-Round Magazine
  • .380 ACP
  • Custom Machine-Engraved
  • Matte Silver Slide

TaloPerformance Center 986 – MSRP $1,129

  • 2.5″ Custom Barrel w/ Recessed Precision Crown
  • 7-Shot, Unfluted Cylinder
  • 9mm (Moon Clips Included)
  • Performance Center Action & Bossed Mainspring
  • Trigger Overtravel Stop
  • Custom, Ergonomic Wood Grip

Most of these firearms offer unique grips, premium features, or are just plain cool! Like stated earlier, by Smith & Wesson absorbing these TALO edition models they should (in theory) become a little easier to get for consumers.



The outdoors, fitness and anything related to firearms are my passions. I am a S&W Armorer, Glock Armorer, reloader and am coping with an addiction to classic S&W and Colt revolvers (by buying more revolvers). I’ve been a guest writer for Sierra Bullets and love long walks to the gun range.


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  • Rimfire

    Right after S&W renames itself…wow.

  • Swarf

    Strange things are afoot.

  • John

    Now if they can just remove the stupid cylinder locks… I’d buy a new S&W.

    • john

      Internal* locks

      • Rimfire

        AKA Infernal locks, lol

        • ThatSillyRandomGuyAgain

          AKA the infamous “Hillary Hole”

          • DW

            BS the hole should be larger than Benghazi

          • iksnilol

            Monica?

    • Are you saying there’s a reason they won’t show the left side if their revolvers?

  • Is the bore axis on those snubbies really as mile-high as it looks in these photos?

    • Bill

      Yes.

      Whoever thinks SIGs have a “high bore axis” needs to fire a N-Frame snubby. It’s actually a hoot, and eminently doable.

      • ThatAnnoyingRandomGuy

        I used to joke about the Sig vs. HK vs Walther semi-autos with their “Race to the Top” with high bore axis pistols. When HK came out with their VP9, I sorta stopped that joke because that pistol has a pretty decently low bore axis.

    • JoshCalle

      It looks worse than it feels. I don’t have a snubbie, but the bore axis doesn’t bother me much when shooting my 586.

    • Bill

      I had to revisit this. One of my few completely impractical funguns which has no practical use so I love it is a N Frame 325PD snubby in .45ACP. It is an absolute bear to shoot, so I love it. Sometimes I carry it because I can. As guns go, it’s nothing but goofy, so it’s one of my favorites.

      • David Silverstein

        I like your style. Only a few of my guns are the most “practical” for their purpose. Most are fun because there’s just something novel about them. I’m a big fan of single action 22s. They’re not really practical for anything (except maybe training youts), but they’re nothing but fun.

        • itsmefool

          Amen to ya both…sometimes, we take ourselves way too seriously! If you don’t have a few fun guns in your armory, then you don’t know what you’re missing! Not everything in my safe is mil-spec or tactical…nor does it need to be!

  • HenryV

    Drool.

  • Gregory

    Smith and Wesson, get rid of the stupid lock and I will buy your revolvers again. Until you do so, I will not purchase one. How many people does it take saying the same thing for Smith and Wesson to get the message? We don’t want it!

    • S. Plankenberg

      How many times has the lock actually caused a problem for someone?
      Several of my friends and acquaintenances, as well as myself have Smith’s with the lock, and none of us have had the slightest problem, and we all shoot a lot.

      • ostiariusalpha

        It’s not a matter of it being a problem, it’s that the manufacturing cost in time and resources that S&W spends on installing these things could be better used for features that people actually want, like pinning the barrel or counterboring on the cylinder, without increasing the overall price of the gun.

        • S. Plankenberg

          I don’t know how many want the counterbored cylinders. Never liked that feature myself. Just another nook and cranny to have to clean burned and unburned powder residue out of so the rims of the cartridges will seat low enough to allow closing of the loaded cylinder in the frame. Adds nothing to strength of the gun as far as I can see.
          I would imagine the fact that S & W is located ” behind enemy lines ” in MA has something to do with their refusal to remove a safety device. Various arms of the State Bureaucracy would have a field day crucifying them over that.
          They should have gotten the Hell out that place years ago.
          I don’t like the locks either, but that’s not going to change, and I’m not going to let them keep me limited to buying only pre-lock guns that often sell at a premium when the newer ones work just as well.

          • J.T.

            The stupid thing is that they offer a few J frame models without the lock but not any other revolvers.They should just offer both options since they have shown they are capable of doing it and the bureaucrats would have less to complain about.

          • RSG

            This, right here. Just as there are many models of semi auto pistols available with either an external safety or not, the same can/should be offered with/without the lock. And I’d bet they sell 5x w/o the lock. But those that wish to have that feature can still get it.

          • ostiariusalpha

            I’m kind of with you on the counterbore, that’s why I got a Model 66-2 instead of one of the earlier iterations; not only does it make cleaning slightly easier, but it allows me to load my bullets a little longer. As for unpinned barrels on S&Ws walking, it does happen on occasion, though if you think about it, the pin can hide a potentially loose barrel.

          • BigR

            @S.Plankenberg
            That’s your choice!

        • Louis Bethel

          I am not thinking they would lower the price if they took out this feature.

        • David Silverstein

          Problem or not, Smith and Wesson has a history of not listening to and honoring their customers. Their Clinton-era concessions and the cylinder locks are just symptoms of a larger problem, not valuing the customer. I won’t buy a Smith & Wesson until they get management that is willing to do things differently. There are plenty of great alternatives.

      • BigR

        It’s a personal thing. When they bent over for bill clinton, they lost me. They can kiss my azz, just like they kissed clinton’s azz! Never will buy one as long as that keyhole is there!

    • BigR

      @disqus_QlRsbIFBfT:disqus
      I feel the same way!!!!

  • Blake

    just kidding 🙂

    (maybe…)

    Happy holidays, folks.

  • iksnilol

    Y’all done guess they pullin’ a SIG?

  • The 986’s moon clip prices are highway robbery, IIRC.

  • will_ford

    I stopped buying S&W long ago. My Choice. “J” frame was the last one.

  • BigR

    Fugetaboutit!!! I’ll buy a new S&W when they take that keyhole off of it. Meanwhile, I’ll stick with my old S&W’s! They lost me when they bent over for bill clinton!!!

  • The Brigadier

    The prices that S&W charge for revolvers has gone way beyond ridiculous. I have an older model 686 and it was pricey, but nothing like they have the brass balls to charge for them now. Ruger is also getting ridiculous. With modern high speed CNC machines there is no excuse for this other than outright greed. Lose the damn lock and that would be a good start to bring the price down. Until you do S&W there are lots of reasonable priced revolver manufacturers that make fine shooters.

  • JStalin

    It cracks me up to see so many comments about the lock on smith and Wesson and how they “bowed down” to Clinton. When the locks have saved them multiple times against lawsuits. Yet how many own a Ruger? Bill ruger worked with bill Clinton in creating the “assault weapon” ban. Why don’t you think any of ruger guns were on the list? Plus where do you think the statement came from about no one needs more than a 10 round magazine? Seriously why hate a company for trying to prevent it self from going under from law suits. That’s what happened to colt. The law suits basically folded them under. But hate smith and Wesson while you go buy a cast framed revolver from ruger because it doesn’t have a lock. And forget about how the ban came from bill ruger himself. I own both lock and prelock and have never had an issue and can’t tell any difference.