The Smith and Wesson .38 Chiefs Special Model 60 is a five shot revolver that has been in production since 1965 and has the distinction of being the first regular production all stainless steel revolver ever made. The 1965 model's stainless steel finish proved so popular that there was a waiting list at local gun shops for up to six months to purchase one.
Smith & Wesson
In March 2000 Smith & Wesson was the only major gun manufacturer to sign an agreement with the Clinton Administration. The company agreed to numerous safety and design standards as well as limits on the sale and distribution of its products. Gun clubs and gun rights groups responded to this agreement by initiating large-scale boycotts of Smith & Wesson by refusing to buy their new products and flooding the firearms market with used S&W guns. After a 40% sales slide, the sales impact from the boycotts led Smith & Wesson to suspend manufacturing at two plants.