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Another Old Revolver.

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by CajunBass, May 22, 2012.

  1. I bought a Model 64 (no dash), 4" tapered barrel, yesterday afternoon. Said to be unfired, in the box, with some of the papers, cleaning rod/brush, anti-rust paper. I can believe it, the gun is all but pristine, with just a slight turn line. No carbon at all, anywhere.

    The pictures/images are not very good, but it's (1) early, (2) foggy, and (3) raining. It is a very nice gun. I'm not a big fan of SS handguns, but I couldn't pass this one up.



    I've been told they didn't make these very long?
    Last edited: May 22, 2012
  2. Bruce M

    Bruce M

    Jan 3, 2010
    S FL
    Very nice. I do not think I have ever seen a stainless steel K frame with the pencil barrel.

  3. TN.Frank

    TN.Frank Glock4Life

    Oct 11, 2004
    Avondale, AZ.
    Very nice, love the pencil barrel, looks kind of cool. That gun is just begging for a set of Stag grips, stock size of course.
  4. ronin.45


    Apr 24, 2008
    Good looking gun Bass. I've never seen a stainless pencil barrel either(that i recall).
  5. JordanK


    May 12, 2012
    El Paso, TX
    Ehh... not so much. In some ways, they've been making one version of that gun or another for over 100 years.

    It's the stainless version of the model 10 (or the M&P... or the hand ejector... really depends on when it was made). I wanna say they started making stainless versions of most of their flagship models in the early 70's, but you'd have to ask an expert to be sure. As far as I know, they were still making em' up to a few years ago as a regular catalog item... and they keep bringing back old models as part of their classic series (albeit, with a lock added I think... which somewhat reduces their appeal to the collector crowd). The no dash model (prior to the first engineering change) probably dates you to the mid-late 70's. That's about when they changed up the gas ring on the 66, and I believe the two SS variants (the 66 and the 64) were released at the same time. Makes sense they'd apply the engineering changes concurrently.

    I doubt there are many left as good lookin' as that though. Absolutely pristine. Not so much as a bit of powder burn on the barrel. I'm pretty jealous, that's for sure. Congrats!
  6. According to my copy of the Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson, they made the tapered barrel, Model 64, in stainless steel for about four years (1970-1973) before switching over to the heavy barrel only. Hence, my comment they only made "these" for a short time.
  7. JordanK


    May 12, 2012
    El Paso, TX
    Hmm... thought they only built the 65's with the HB that early. Learn something new everyday. It's probably not super scarce... S&W can pump out a lot of steel in 3 years, but that is a pretty short run. Guess I have to double both my congrats and my envy.
  8. arnold ziffle

    arnold ziffle aka dingle

    May 10, 2001
    San Quentin
    Smiths of that era were test fired with every other cylinder and sent out. Easy to see if unfired or cleaned well. Great find.
  9. I picked up one in Austin like the one pictured here about 10 years go. Still have it to (but sadly it sleeps in the safe with others!)

    I grew up with a S&W 'K' 10, nickel plated 4 incher, as well as a Colt 'O' frame .45 (a Colt light weight Commander.) That is where I started to learn to shoot.

    I still have a very strong fondness for S&W revolvers, especially those made before the 90s. I'm known as a fool for 2 1/2 Combat magnums in particular!

    Last edited: May 22, 2012
  10. Nestor

    Nestor Lean & Mean

    Jul 13, 2003
    Wow! Just wow!
    That thing is beautiful.
    Excellent find.
  11. Berto

    Berto woo woo

    Sep 15, 2003
    I've seen those, but they aren't a common sight. I bet it shoots pretty good.:supergrin:
  12. janice6

    janice6 Silver Member

    Apr 4, 2006
    M congratulations also. That's a good looking gun.
  13. Zombie Steve

    Zombie Steve Decap Pin Killa

    May 31, 2007
    Old Colorado City
    Ain't even got a rail to hang your CheapChineeCrap offa. How thoroughly untactical. :whistling: