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Old 01-11-2017, 04:52 PM
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The earlier S&W top breaks had a weakness, in that if the bad guy got close enough, he could reach out and pull up on the top barrel release latch, opening it. And obviously it then could not be fired. The thumb latch prevented that. At least that is the story. I've also read that a considerable percentage of the approximately 60,000 made were exported, possibly accounting in part for its relative scarcity.
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