smith wesson precision gunsmithing service

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  1. pike bishop

    pike bishop finishes it...

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    (tl; dr - didn't buy it, but am interested if anyone has sent an "older, neglected" smith back to mothership in recent times for spa treatment & refinishing and your personal experience with service. is process still taking approximately 2-3 mos? and of course, any pics would be most appreciated.)

    yesterday while at range did the obligatory swing by consignment shelf and encountered a damned pitiful example of a 6"(?) model 28 with surface rust throughout along with a pair of old aftermarket rubber grips fitting for its pathetic disposition. imo, listed price was way optimistic putting it mildly as well. wasn't going to bother staff, but business was slow and one of the guys meandered over so i made off the cuff remark about its sad condition, which he took as automatic cue to grab it and hand over, lol... never held one before, but holy hell those things were over engineered and then some, and for which makes them just that more bad azz. not certain even smith's guys could bring that one back, especially if they encountered significant pitting, but nevertheless the fricken seed was apparently planted in brainpan (corroborated by fact i caught myself seaching ebay for proper grips awhile ago...).
     
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    You know you're going to buy a 28. It's just a matter of finding the right 28, and the right men to restore it.
     

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    There are some nice 28-2 guns out there for under $800 and that is what I would look for, not a neglected and heavily pitted example that you will send to S&W who have no parts for them, just a refinishing service.
     
  4. bac1023

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    I’d find one in decent shape.

    There are plenty of Highway Patrolman revolvers for sale in nice original condition. They aren’t rare.
     
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    Had a 4" M-28 years ago. Loved that gun.
     
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    Get a 27 made in the 60's you will be very happy.[​IMG]
     
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    Those grips are replacements, but that revolver was made before the 60’s.
     
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    pike bishop finishes it...

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    altamont's? haven't they made grips directly for s&w in past?
     
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    Could be, but they are newer S&W grips. They look nice though.

    That revolver is definitely pre 1960’s though. Looks like early to mid 50’s.
     
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    So school us Bac- I see the 4 screws, but what tips you off to the 50's as opposed to the 60's?
     
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    It’s actually a 5 screw, not 4.

    The 5th screw was gone on N Frames before they were given model numbers in 1957.
     
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    Thanks-no one knows these revolvers better than you!
     
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    Not sure about all that, but thanks
     
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    Actually, that's a very recent-production Model 27--Note the LACK of a Firing Pin--Hammer Nose in S&W speak--On the Hammer, so it-s got the newer, Frame-mounted Firing Pin, as well as having the newer MIM Hammer and Trigger, versus the older forged Trigger and Hammer...So it's probably a 27-8, built on the new-production Four-screw Frame that all the Lew Horton "Heritage" Series N-Frames were built on, as well as the 27-10 50th Anniversary Model 29's and some others--It's definitely NOT an older gun--But those ARE Altamont Magnas... :)
     
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    You are correct I found that on my phone and did not know the new version went back to the four/ five screw frame , I did not look for the tell tale sign on the hammer.
    The magnas look great


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    And poor.
     
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    Interesting..

    One says made in the 60's

    One says made in 50's

    One says very recent production.

    Who's the winner?
     
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    picked one up off GB two years ago 650. Pre 27 5 inch made in 54, Magna grips with almost no finish on right hand side , just holster wear on blueing , no rust. Also picked up a like new 3,1/2 inch barrel form Ebay for 56.00 they guy listed it as a model 19 barrel, I noticed the shape and cross hatched top strap. He said the rifling looked bad but he was showing the forcing cone in the picture, I showed it to my gunsmith and he slugged the barrel and said it looked almost new and offered me 300 for it, sometimes you win.
    I was thinking of having the 3.5 installed since I have no box and the 3.5 barrel installed is one of my forever wants , my GS said it would be Blasphemy but he would do it if I gave him the 5 inch barrel.
     
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    We would have to look at the frame to be sure in my opinion. If there is a model number it cuts down the time frame to a decade or less.
     
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    I have been looking at a 6" 27-2 in the local Cabela's gun library. It has some loss of bluing, no box, and a small chip on the bottom of one grip. They want $750. When I asked about a lower price, they said it is a consignment piece and the owner will not take less. The price does not seem that high after seeing the completed listings on Gun Broker.
     
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