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Old October 9, 2012, 06:47 PM   #26
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OK, for al you knowledgeable S&W folks, help me out...

I have a pre-27 Model 27 (if that makes sense!)

It is a five-screw, with a 5 inch barrel. It is NOT marked for the model number, but it does have the serial number, of course--V80XXX. (PM me for the rest of the number, if you have some research results.)

Here is my dilemma--it is about 80-85%, with a good amount of bluing wear. I want to send it back to Smith and Wesson for a good re-bluing. However, some of the people I have spoken to say that it's worth a LOT of money.

Can I send it back with a glad heart, or would doing so destroy the value of the revolver?
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Old October 9, 2012, 06:51 PM   #27
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Refinishing a Pre-27 would almost certainly hurt its value especially if it's in 80+% condition. You have to understand, to a collector, an original finish with "honest" wear is far more desirable than a perfect refinish and a pre-27, particularly with the less common 5" barrel, has significant collector value. If you have no sentimental attachment to the gun, you could probably sell it to a collector for enough money to buy a later 5" M27 with a better finish and still have money left over.
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Old October 9, 2012, 07:13 PM   #28
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On newer guns I would say do what makes you happy. But on an old 5-screw pre 27 I would leave it as it is.
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Old October 9, 2012, 07:45 PM   #29
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It is a five-screw, with a 5 inch barrel. It is NOT marked for the model number, but it does have the serial number, of course--V80XXX. (PM me for the rest of the number, if you have some research results.)

Here is my dilemma--it is about 80-85%, with a good amount of bluing wear. I want to send it back to Smith and Wesson for a good re-bluing. However, some of the people I have spoken to say that it's worth a LOT of money.
That SN is wrong for the said gun. If you are right in identification, it must have a "S" prefix. You need to check the butt for the SN, not the yoke in that era. If it has no letter prefix, than its either a registered magnum, or a pre war 357 magnum model.

Refinishing would be a bad idea. Its better to save your money towards a better one. If the gun has sentimental value, best to leave it alone IMO. You could put the money saved towards a clean one, which are nearly always over $800.
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Old October 9, 2012, 08:24 PM   #30
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Brittle SS? Are you sure you're not talking about the chrome on the hammer and trigger?
A 66-1 was my first Duty gun, I bought it new. The recoil shield cracked. found out from S&W later they had some bad stainless in the early 66's.
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Old October 9, 2012, 08:54 PM   #31
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S&W advertised the Model 27 with 3 1/2" barrel as a concealed carry backup for detectives

Frankly, are you really going to "collect" this gun? Are you trying to invest or do you want a carry and range gun? If you want it to be a very nice gun, then get it refinished and shoot it.
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Old October 9, 2012, 10:22 PM   #32
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I picked up a 3.5 inch pre-Model 27 a year or so ago. It had been reblued, and was out of time. Had the timing dealt with, and now it's ready for another 30 years or so of use.

I got it cheap because of the problems. I was pleased to get it, because I've always thought it was one of the most attractive S&W revolvers; also, i was interested in getting a shooter, not another safe queen.

The original grips do not make it pleasant to handle, at least for me; I'm going to get a T-grip adapter, and see if that helps. I'd rather preserve the original looks than put aftermarket grips on it.

I tend to agree with the poster who felt that it was too big for its cartridge; it would have worked nicely as a .44 or .45, I think; Smith never made a 3.5 inch barrel for either cartridge, which is a shame.
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Old October 10, 2012, 12:12 AM   #33
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As a range / fun gun? The 27. For carry / use ? The 66.

In general if I am carrying an N frame it's going to have bigger holes in it.
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Old October 10, 2012, 12:17 AM   #34
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Model 27.
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Old October 10, 2012, 01:41 PM   #35
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I'm just going to pile on ......a Model 27 ...every time.

I have a mod 27-2 4" Nickel....and its one of the finest revolvers I own...( even over model 18's, 19's, 28's, 29's, 66's, 686's or 629's...)...even over a couple of blued model 27's I have in 4" and 6" ...

and I wouldn't refinish that pre-mod 27 either...
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Old October 10, 2012, 10:40 PM   #36
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I have a 66 so Id go with the other one.
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Old October 11, 2012, 10:41 PM   #37
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no question

M27
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Old October 12, 2012, 12:56 AM   #38
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On one hand the M-66 is one of the finer K frame revolvers Smith and Wesson produced. Now the other hand the M-27 is the finest revolver Smith and Wesson ever had in production.

The M-27 every time...
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Old October 15, 2012, 01:42 PM   #39
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I'd take the 66 in a new york minute. I consider the 27 excessively heavy and large for 36 calibre. The 66 on the other hand is almost the perfect balance of size and portability in the mid calibre.
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Old October 15, 2012, 05:01 PM   #40
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That model 27 is a beauty but i am partial to the model 66.

My 66-1 (poor cell phone pic)
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Old January 27, 2013, 01:02 PM   #41
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Hmmm, I'd have to go M27...
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Old January 27, 2013, 01:15 PM   #42
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I would take the 27 for the re sell value.
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Old January 27, 2013, 01:27 PM   #43
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3 1/2 months later....and I still say take the model 27 ....
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Old January 27, 2013, 02:57 PM   #44
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If I were a collector and wanted a safe queen, I'd pick the Model 27. But for daily business, I look for a Model 586 lik this:





Or ike this:



I've been the Model 27, Model 19, and Python routes. These have proven to me to be the best .357 Magnum DA revovler to come out yet.

Now, if it were a Ruger SA in .44 or .45.............

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Old January 27, 2013, 04:12 PM   #45
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Bob,

Very nice! Who made the holster and ammo pouch?
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Old January 27, 2013, 04:12 PM   #46
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No question for me. The model 66.
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Old January 27, 2013, 04:18 PM   #47
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Both are nice but the model 27 is based on the original .357 S&W revolver, and has been a winner since it's inception much like the 1911.
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Old January 27, 2013, 07:17 PM   #48
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I typically read every response before I post, because I don't think it adds much to any discussion when I don't do my part to see what's been discussed. However, the throw down is right there in black & white in the first post, so I'll respond in kind.

Man, get the #$%*@ out of my way or I'll knock you over... I want that four inch Model 66 and that is the proper price. It's not a steal, but if the revolver is clean and the timing works to my (strict) standards, I'm buying it before you can start a TFL thread about the Model 27 you found on a table sitting next to a bare spot where my 66 was laying mere moments ago.

I find the N-frame guns to be overly large and unwieldy. I'd like to own a 27 or 28 because I love Smith & Wesson revolvers and who wouldn't want a beefy, hardcore .357 Magnum much like the original? But if I have to pass up a Model 66 to get it, I'm not interested.
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Old January 27, 2013, 09:36 PM   #49
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I would be very reluctant to spend all the money I had for a Model 27. I would buy the Model 66 then spend some more for ammunition. You would still have some money left over for bills.
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Old January 27, 2013, 10:41 PM   #50
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Very nice! Who made the holster and ammo pouch?
The holster is Don Hume Model 171OT, I believe. The ammo pouch is by Galco.

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