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Old October 13, 2012, 11:40 AM   #12
Dave T
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Current production S&Ws are shadows or reflections of their former, top of the line revolvers, the Model 27 being one of the best of those.

They now call anything that remotely resembles an older model a "Classic" but they are anything but classic or even classy. The frame contours have been changed where the hammer rides and discerning fans of the older Smiths can tell the difference at a glance, i.e. the new guns which must allow for the infernal and un-necessary lock are ugly by comparison. Add to that the frame mounted firing pin that frequently needs replacing because of mis-fires and the MIM parts and you're talking about a different sort of revolver entirely.

Not trying to offend owners of the newer guys but they just aren't what a Smith & Wesson used to be. YMMV!

Dave
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