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Old February 8, 2013, 11:40 PM   #51
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My favorite N frame is a old 28-2 4 inch barrel. Sadly, I sold this warhouse a few years back to fund another handgun and I have regetted this.
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Old February 9, 2013, 12:08 AM   #52
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My 629-1...





Had a 4-inch 686, but never was a fan of .357 Magnum. My father cut his hand open on the 629, and wanted to sell it, so I traded with him.
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Old February 9, 2013, 12:24 AM   #53
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Nice 629 in the pics, great looking gun in stainless.

Just to be clear and once again... the 686 is NOT an N frame gun. It is an L frame.
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Old February 9, 2013, 01:19 AM   #54
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You mean favorite N Frame caliber?

624 44 Special.
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Old February 9, 2013, 04:18 AM   #55
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My favorite N frame is my first and only that I bought this week. Looks same as this one:

http://www.auctionflex.com/showlot.a...&weiid=7079005

M29 4" blue with both rounded walnut grips and Hogue rubber grips. Cabela's Outfitter series. Great balance.
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Old February 9, 2013, 06:44 AM   #56
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Yeah, someone added the mother of pearl grips along the way in the ensuing century. Since it's not the original chambering anyway I don't take off points for that.
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Old February 9, 2013, 10:28 AM   #57
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I like my 'classic' model 21.






I shoot 250RNs usually, but use this thumper when I go fishing by myself.



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Old February 9, 2013, 10:38 AM   #58
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It was my 4 inch 25 in long colt until my 1955 showed up in 44 sp>
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Old February 9, 2013, 07:57 PM   #59
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Just to be clear and once again... the 686 is NOT an N frame gun. It is an L frame.
I wasn't implying they are... just giving the background in how I acquired the 629.
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Old February 9, 2013, 11:26 PM   #60
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1926 third model made in 1930.

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Old February 10, 2013, 08:51 AM   #61
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This one for me.

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Old February 10, 2013, 09:10 AM   #62
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Model 25-2 in .45 ACP, the "1955 Target".

Cheap to shoot.

Dead Accurate.

Classic.


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Old February 10, 2013, 09:25 AM   #63
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Old February 10, 2013, 05:21 PM   #64
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My Dad says his favorite is the Highway Patrolman too Paw Paw. I don't see how you guys do it, pick a favorite N-frame that is. I like them all.


A down and dirty, unretouched cell phone pic of my 29-2. I've had it since 1986 and don't plan on selling anytime soon.


Another pic of my shipped in July, 1956 S&W .44 Magnum, its sweeter than bear meat.
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Old February 10, 2013, 08:32 PM   #65
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My only N frame


Still looking for a model 27, passed on one a while ago when I first started looking for one, had no clue what a find it was till months of finding sub par ones
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Old February 10, 2013, 11:50 PM   #66
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...I'm not much of an N-frame guy. I'd been shooting handguns for 24 years before I finally bought my first N-frame, a Model 625-6. That's the 5-inch .45 Auto chamber "Model of 1989" before they began to offer the 4" Jerry Miculek version.

I thought it would be a grand way to break in to the world of N-frames. Instead, we had a very short and forgettable little fling. I thought the 5" barrel would be absolutely perfect, but it didn't feel perfect -- it felt a bit light or a bit short. Cut my teeth on 6" K & L-frames, and though I think the look is "right", they feel just a tiny bit heavy. Going with a 5-incher on a larger frame gun with a big hole in that barrel just didn't feel the way I "thought" it would.

I didn't have much of a chance to see if I'd learn to shoot well with it. I put 135 rounds through it in one range trip and then I sold it 3.5 weeks after I got it for exactly what I paid for it.

Buying a handgun and then giving up on it in almost ANY amount of time is something that I'd never done before. And it wasn't even that I wanted to move on. It was a wacky situation and I found a gun that I had to own like literally one week after getting that Model 625. Given the situation I had placed myself in -- moving the 625 felt like the right thing to do. Since I could get out of it exactly what I had paid... I made the decision.

I have had regrets after selling a gun before...and believe me when I tell you that I rarely sell one, but I've had no regrets with that 625. And the gun that helped to usher it out...well, I've got no regrets on that one, but it's not a revolver.
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Old February 11, 2013, 04:49 AM   #67
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Old February 11, 2013, 04:32 PM   #68
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Well I too have a bunch of them and this one came to the range last weekend 5" 27-2 3 T's



So it is now my favorite, of course when I take another to the range next week it will probably be my favorite.
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Old February 11, 2013, 06:00 PM   #69
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My Favorite "N" frame. Easy the M-27, I've been lucky enough to own two of them, 5" and 6". These have always been Smith and Wesson's flagship handgun, everything on them is top notch. I also happen to believe that the .357 Magnum "platform" is the end all be all of revolvers.
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Old February 12, 2013, 01:18 AM   #70
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Hard to pick a favorite

Favorite N frame? You guys might as well ask me to pick my favorite child!

MKII .455 SN 7059 with Canadian proofs (rechambered to 45 colt) which shipped July 8, 1915 (my birthday) to Remington Arms Co. Remington then distributed the finished revolvers to Canada and Great Britain. Still beautiful at 98!



38-44 heavy duty (pre 20) S67560 post war transitional. It probably shipped between 1946 and 1948. These guns are in the post war SN range, but have pre war parts and characteristics that S&W had not used up before WWII. Per the SCSW 3rd ed, only approx 2500 were manufactured before S&W had exhausted the pre war parts on hand. S&W then assembled their revolvers with the newly designed post war parts, among making other small changes. N frame 38 specials are scarce in general. They came about when S&W realized people could load 38 specials hotter if the N frame was chambered for it. Basically, the 38-44 was forerunner to the Registered Magnum.



38-44 outdoorsman (pre 23) S71235 post war transitional which shipped in 1946 to Cleveland, OH. Same classification as the above heavy duty, just a different model. The pre war long action has an incredible feel, and with the post war sights, its a near perfect gun. All of you Python lovers should give a gun like this a spin and tell me what you think, but good luck finding one. Per Roy Jinks, this is 1 of 2326 post war transitional 38-44 outdoorsman revolvers made.



357 magnum model (pre 27) S80398 which shipped in 1951 to Stoeger in NY. I wanted one of these since I started S&W collecting. This was S&Ws flagship revolver, and many people still consider it that. The quality of these older S&Ws is superb, as many of you know. To the people who say a Python is the ultimate, this is my answer, a gun that many have no experience with. They're not rare, but aside from the internet, they're not readily available either. I was fortunate that the gun came with unrelieved target grips and a pre war registered magnum box. It was a lucky find, and my wife's Christmas present to me for 2012. I guess I better keep her!



44 magnum model (pre 29) S130937 5 screw and a first year model as well. The very first regular production 44 magnums were in the S130XXX range, and they started shipping out in Jan 1956. I am hoping this one shipped out in early 1956, which would make it more special. I bought it from the first owner, who decided he had to have one after touring the S&W factory in 1956. While on tour, he witnessed these magnificent revolvers being produced. This revolver has the "coke bottle" target grip type. Be sure to compare the checkering size to the 38-44 and the 357 above to see the difference. This N frame might be my favorite, but its hard to say. One of the most important revolvers in S&W's history.

Nate 45,

I thought I was the only one here with a first year 44 magnum! Nice gun you have there. How early is yours? Are those keith brown grips on your gun?

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Old February 12, 2013, 01:26 AM   #71
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44 special target model of 1950 (pre 24) SN S127XXX which probably shipped in the 1954/55 time frame. I always wanted a 44 special, but I wanted a 5 screw version. I found this one online, and the rest is history. I added the grips from my S&W grip box. It has a few marks on it, but like many other S&W N frames, its a stunning revolver. 1 of only 5050 post war 1950 44 spl targets made.



44 magnum model (pre 29) 4 screw S177602 which shipped in 1958 to Pittsburgh PA. I actually bought this one in my state as well. I was later fortunate enough to find a correct sight tool and an original black presentation case which was the case used on 44 magnums prior to 1960. For me to get this gun, I had to have my friend over to help my wife while she recovered from surgery from a C section for my son. I drove several hours to get it, and the guy didn't want to sell, only trade, so I traded some guns off to get this one. I also had to cough up my half of $725 of gift cards me and my wife had saved to coerce her into my friend spending the day with her. At the time, they didn't get along. The previous owner of this 44 knew it was early and a special gun, but he was a military rifle guy, and simply didn't care. All is well that ends well, and this gun found a good home.



27-2 8 3/8 N36234 (top). That gun I actually decided to sell. It had some pitting, I needed some money, so I let it go. 27s with 8 in barrels are pretty uncommon since many people got shorter barrel guns to carry. Below that (middle) is a 27-2 6in N628195. This gun is special to me because it was my first model 27. It has a partridge sight, with the 3Ts, which was standard on the 27-2 after 1975. The gun above it has a standard trigger and hammer. On the bottom is a 28-2 Highway Patrolman 4in, N297959. A year or two ago, I met up with a guy to see some Colts he had for sale, and when he pulled this gun out, I had to have it. All original standard features (on many 28s, the hammer trigger and grips were upgraded later) and its in beautiful shape.



27-2 3.5 N434746. This 27 is in the sought after 3.5 barrel length. While the 3.5 in 27s are far from rare, just like many other guns, they are in high demand. Some #$%@head polished the hammer and trigger but other than that, this is beautiful revolver. I'd like to get a 5 screw 3.5in gun, but I don't want to pay a fortune just to have one.



29-2 N863864 6in. This was my first N frame. Its well kept and I was fortunate enough to get a presentation case for it. I nearly sold it not long after I first got it, but I'm glad I never did. This one I've shot quite a bit, along with its twin, the nickel 27-2.

In conclusion, one could not ask for a better revolver than a N frame S&W...

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Old February 12, 2013, 01:40 AM   #72
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I thought I was the only one with a first year 44 magnum! Nice gun you have there. How early is yours? Are those keith brown grips on your gun?
My S&W .44 Magnum was shipped from the factory on July 9, 1956 and delivered to Sutcliffe Hardware Co, Louisville, KY.

I have the blue case, all tools and registration card.


Here it is lying on top of Elmer Keith's 1957 review of the then new .44 Magnum, which appeared in the 1958 Gun Digest.

Yes, they are Keith Brown Roper's. Mine are exhibition grade walnut, with elephant ivory diamond inlays. I got them mainly to protect my original, pristine and beautiful, Gancalo Alves target grips. Plus they look good too!

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Old February 12, 2013, 01:52 AM   #73
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Here is a pic of the case and tools.



I added the bore brush, I don't think they came with one.
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Old February 12, 2013, 05:17 AM   #74
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My personal favorite is the 627 Performance Center. Five inch barrel, eight round cylinder, what's not to like.,
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Old February 12, 2013, 10:27 AM   #75
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I really can't define my favorite because they are all such good revolvers-I have 5 of them-a pre-28 HP 4";a 29-2 6";a 22-4 4";a 27(no dash) 6.5",and a 28-2 6".The last one has custom sights-white outline rear and red ramp-all bought used except for the 22-4.The 22-4 is an early one and the front sight is set too high so I correct for that when shooting and put some Pachmayr grips on in place of the Thunder Ranch grips-those were too skimpy and uncomfortable to shoot with.Shooting full house 357's in an N frame is not the least upleasant-about similar to a GP100 except much better design esthetics
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