Capable of shooting .410-bore shotshells and .45 Colt and .45 ACP cartridges, the Governor defines versatility. Managing Editor Aaron Carter recently visited Smith & Wesson’s Springfield, Mass., facility to get a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the Governor.
The frame of the Smith & Wesson Governor is machined to exact tolerances. In fact, after each step its dimensions are checked, and any necessary changes are relayed back to the CNC machine to ensure consistency.
Like the company’s steel frame revolvers, the Governor’s scandium-alloy frame is hammer-forged. It differs, though, in that the alloy is heated to a lower temperature. This is the reason it’s not glowing red.