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Old May 4, 2010, 11:38 AM   #1
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S&W .357 Highway Patrolman

If anyone knows, I have enherited a S&W Highway Patrolman from my grandfather. I have looked online but cant seem to find a similar gun. All other seem to be blued and mine seems to be either stainless or bushed nickel. Any suggestions on value. Its only been shot about 30 times.
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Old May 4, 2010, 12:05 PM   #2
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You're sure it's a Highway Patrolman? Those guns didn't come in either stainless or nickel but only in a blued finish. No way yours could be a stainless Highway Patrolman. Possibly, it's been refinished in nickel.

Does it say "highway patrolman" on the side of the barrel? Look inside the crane (the part that swings open the cylinder). Is there a model number stamped there? If it's a highway patrolman" it ought to have a model number with the prefix "28" followed, possibly by a dash and a second number.

If the words "highway patrolman" are not stamped on the barrel and the model number is not 28, then you have something else. That could either be a Model 627 (if the gun is stainless) or a Model 27 (they made nickel Model 27s along with blued versions).
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Old May 4, 2010, 12:12 PM   #3
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There were a very few Model 28s made in nickel.

If yours is authentic, and not refinished, it is worth a significant collector's premium.

Pictures?
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Old May 4, 2010, 12:26 PM   #4
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Model 28-2

The story i was told was it was bought from the Florida Highway Patrol, the last year that they used the guns. It was issued to a Captain. Under the barrell it says mod 28-2 and serial Number N205XXX, it doesnt have any markings that say FHP that I can find, but its definetly a Highway Patrol. I guess its possible it has been refinished but that doenst fit the story.
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Old May 4, 2010, 04:32 PM   #5
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Florida Highway Patrol had 25 that were stainless.

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Manufacturer Smith & Wesson
Produced 1954 - 1986
Variants Blued Steel model. Available with 4 in and 6 in barrels.
Fewer than 100 reported as being manufactured with 8-3/8 in barrel.
Twenty-five guns with 5 in barrels and nickel finish marked "F.H.P." (Florida Highway Patrol) #32 through #56 shipped in 1959.[1]
If I owned this pistol I would definitely spend the $50.00 to get the Letter of Authenticity from Smith & Wesson. If it is truly one of the only 25 stainless specimens it could have an enhanced collectors value.

I think an appraisal from a S&W expert is in line here.
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Old May 4, 2010, 04:55 PM   #6
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that serial number puts it in the mid to late 1970 as dob.
just a nickle refinish.
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Old May 4, 2010, 05:45 PM   #7
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"Florida Highway Patrol had 25 that were stainless."

Aaron!

Stainless and nickel are NOT the same thing.

"Under the barrell it says mod 28-2 and serial Number N205XXX"

I missed this earlier.

Not one of the turbo rare FHP guns. Someone took a Model 28-2 and had it nickel plated.

If it's a factory refinish job, it might be worth a bit more. If it's an aftermarket refinish, it's worth less.
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Old May 5, 2010, 01:48 AM   #8
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Nuts

I was starting to twitch. A STAINLESS M28....oh gosh, could it be?????

And then, a rare nickel 5 " gun, FHP, ..........almost as intriguing????????

Yeah the good Captain had it nickeled, so he'd look like a captain and not a trooper that worked for a living. Still, neat old revolver, I wonder what stories it could tell???
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Old May 5, 2010, 07:10 AM   #9
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Thanks for the info. I will try to send some pics up, if anyone is intereseted.
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Old May 5, 2010, 07:56 AM   #10
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"I wonder what stories it could tell???"

I rode in a holster for 15 years. The guy never cleaned me, only RARELY did he take me out to play. Most of the time he just ignored me. I want an owner who loves me for me.
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Old May 5, 2010, 08:02 AM   #11
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Geez,,,

Lighten up gentlemen,,,
All I did was google some info and pass it on.

The OP said
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either stainless or bushed nickel.
Is telling the OP that, I recommend a S&W certificate of authenticity, giving him bad advice?

Sheesh!
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Old May 6, 2010, 04:31 PM   #12
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I rode in a holster for 15 years. The guy never cleaned me, only RARELY did he take me out to play. Most of the time he just ignored me. I want an owner who loves me for me.
How 'bout "Carried much, shot little?"

So is the barrel actually 4", 5" or 6"? The FHP were 5". Not a lot of those anyway.


Might wanna have a look here. Check out The Ultimate Highway Patrolman thread.

http://smith-wessonforum.com/s-w-revolvers-1961-1980/
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Old May 6, 2010, 07:15 PM   #13
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Look for the Stainless mark inside the Ejector housing

Jameson,
**It's quite possible you have a stainless model. **(Error in statement, no Stainless models were ever produced of the model 28, but 25 satin nickel models were produced)

You can remove the stocks and look for a refinish mark in the butt to see if it was replated at the S&W facility. I think it's a star if I remember correctly.

It wasn't uncommon for the LEO's to have their revolvers nickel plated after they got them because the bluing wore pretty quickly, and with daily use the plating gave their guns a bit more protection.

Sounds like a great find, post some pics if you get the chance.
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Old May 6, 2010, 07:26 PM   #14
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What makes it possible that it's a stainless Model 28?
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Old May 6, 2010, 07:51 PM   #15
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nothing.
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Old May 6, 2010, 09:04 PM   #16
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To the best of my knowledge none were ever made, just wondering if GC has better info.
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Old May 6, 2010, 09:16 PM   #17
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if it was stainless, it would not be a model 28.
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Old May 6, 2010, 09:35 PM   #18
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Any chance that it is a plain Model 28 with the blue removed?

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Old May 8, 2010, 04:07 PM   #19
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I can say that I have seen an authentic pre-28 "Highway patrolman" that was nickeled from the factory with the box to go with it. Another S&W collector had it and it was in unfired condition. His story was that it was one of 4 and was used as a show piece back before they went to numbered models essentially.

It was one of the few times I did not really want to even handle a gun. That one was far rarer then either his nor my Registered Magnums or any of our other pieces.
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Old May 8, 2010, 04:23 PM   #20
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My error, the OP asked if it might be stainless or nickel. I answered on how to accuratly find out before checking my book. I just pulled out my standards catalog and the odd 25 for the FHP were in satin nickel and clearly marked as such. there were no Stainless model made so it is not possible for him to have a stainless model.
My previous post now has notes added to confirm my error.
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Old May 8, 2010, 11:09 PM   #21
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The 25 nickeled guns for the FHP fell in the S189071 to S192687 serial number range.
The OP's gun is well after that.

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I can say that I have seen an authentic pre-28 "Highway patrolman" that was nickeled from the factory with the box to go with it. Another S&W collector had it and it was in unfired condition. His story was that it was one of 4 and was used as a show piece back before they went to numbered models essentially.
The SCSW states that a reported five in satin nickel were made as sales samples for Adolf Blaick Inc.

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Old May 9, 2010, 01:06 PM   #22
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So there were 5 not 4. Interesting. He has one, another collector around here has another (although I have not seen that one) and he said the other 2 went to other collectors out of state.

I wonder why the fifth got separated from the other 4?
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I wonder why the fifth got separated from the other 4?
I dunno. But it sure seems like everybody with a nickel 28 likes to think they have it...

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