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Posted: 8/25/2023 8:25:40 PM EST
Local shop got this Smith & Wesson 357 in the other day. Owner hadn't figured out a model yet so I am trying to help him.  I believe it is a Model 27 or 28 based on serial prefix and the adjustable sight.Attachment Attached File

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Link Posted: 8/25/2023 9:40:34 PM EST
[#1]
Checkered top strap means Mod 27.  Looks like a 5 inch.  Nice revolver.

ETA looks like a 5 screw.  Lazy ampersand and diamond targets.  Probably a Pre-27.
Link Posted: 8/25/2023 10:19:02 PM EST
[#2]
Before model number it was simply known as the 357 magnum. This was built at a time the heavy N frame was the only 357 in the S&W line, and considered a premium gun parallel to the python.

While some collectors hate the term it would be commonly referred to as a pre 27.

Nice gun swag of early 1950’s production

If the diamond target grips are serialized to the gun, that would be a big plus.

A $1500-2000 dollar gun
Link Posted: 8/25/2023 10:21:26 PM EST
[#3]
Before model number it was simply known as the 357 magnum. This was built at a time the heavy N frame was the only 357 in the S&W line, and considered a premium gun parallel to the python.

While some collectors hate the term it would be commonly referred to as a pre 27.

Nice gun swag of early 1950’s production

If the diamond target grips are serialized to the gun, that would be a big plus.

A $1500-2000 dollar gun
Link Posted: 8/26/2023 3:54:05 PM EST
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Before model number it was simply known as the 357 magnum. This was built at a time the heavy N frame was the only 357 in the S&W line, and considered a premium gun parallel to the python.

While some collectors hate the term it would be commonly referred to as a pre 27.

Nice gun swag of early 1950’s production

If the diamond target grips are serialized to the gun, that would be a big plus.

A $1500-2000 dollar gun
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This is IMHO dead on.
Link Posted: 8/27/2023 12:46:13 AM EST
[#5]
It's pretty much the scoop, but while service and magna grips should have the S/N on the inside of one of the panels, often targets did not. Non-relieved N frame targets are pretty rare and did not ship on many guns at all, particularly the ramp sighted ones. Unless the S/N really is on a grip panel, only a factory letter will tell the story.
Link Posted: 8/28/2023 4:03:33 PM EST
[#6]
Were the pre-27 models also known as "Registered" models? Or was that a different run?
Link Posted: 8/28/2023 4:51:41 PM EST
[#7]
I wonder if that was someone's duty gun judging from the holster wear. Are there any markings on the crane?
Link Posted: 8/28/2023 7:39:37 PM EST
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Were the pre-27 models also known as "Registered" models? Or was that a different run?
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The very first ones made in the early 1930’s were registered, meaning there was a number in the yoke cut for example Reg. 1234
I don’t recall the cut off but it was before WWII when they discontinued that.
Link Posted: 9/1/2023 9:53:24 AM EST
[#9]
Based on the serial number, your handgun was built in late 1956.
Link Posted: 9/2/2023 7:41:08 AM EST
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The very first ones made in the early 1930’s were registered, meaning there was a number in the yoke cut for example Reg. 1234
I don’t recall the cut off but it was before WWII when they discontinued that.
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Yes it stopped in the late 1930s. The .357s made from that point until WWII are (somewhat confusingly) referred to as Non-Registered Magnums by collectors. After production started back up after the war, those .357s often incorporated a mix of old and new parts/configurations and are usually called Transitional models by collectors. Soon enough they all had the same general features and were just S&W .357 Magnums. They weren't marked as Model 27s until 1958.

The OP has a S&W .357 Magnum with a 5" barrel or, if you want to get all collector-y, a pre-27.
Link Posted: 9/4/2023 11:01:30 AM EST
[#11]
Its a 27.  You should offer Treefiddy for it and then send it to AP for some hard Chrome.  








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