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Old July 20, 2011, 03:00 PM   #1
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Value of Model 60

I have a 3" model 60 in .357 that im thinking about replacing with a shorter barrel length J frame so I can pocket carry. How much could I reasonably expect to get for it? I'm trying to get a friend of mine to trade me his model 60 in .38 or maybe look for a model 640 in .38 if im lucky.

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Old July 20, 2011, 03:10 PM   #2
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You can go to gunbroker.com and look at the values people are asking for their Model 60s. It looks like they're going for between $450-$600 depending on barrel length, sights, etc. I confess that I didn't know that SW was making Model 60s with adjustable sights. I haven't paid much attention as I've been carrying one since the mid '80s and I'm not in the market.

The value of mine? Priceless.
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Old July 20, 2011, 03:14 PM   #3
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Only the 3" models 60's have adjustable sights as far as I know. ALso I checked gunbroker a few times but the prices vary so much I didnt know what to take of it.
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Old July 20, 2011, 03:19 PM   #4
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With the adj rear sight ...you must have a 60-9 or newer .../ but its a nice looking gun in what S&W referred to as the "J Magnum frame" ...

I think in my area - your gun is selling for around $ 450 - $ 550 ...../ they are a little less desireable, to some buyers, than the K frames in .357 mag ( model 66's, etc ) ...but you won't have any trouble selling it, if that's what you decide - especially since its a .357 mag and has the adj rear sight.

I think you're right - that only some of the 3" model 60's had adj rear sights ...and I don't think they ever installed them on the 2 1/8" barrels ..but I've also seen a 3" that was Magna Ported - that was a Lew Horton special gun as well ...so there are a lot of special variations out there as well.

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Old July 20, 2011, 03:24 PM   #5
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Thanks for the info. I'm hoping my buddy takes me up on the trade, it'll save me the time of selling and finding a good deal on a 60 or 640 in .38 which could take who knows how long.
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Old July 20, 2011, 03:28 PM   #6
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Sure,

But you know it depends on what fits your hands the best too.

I have a problem quickly firing any J frame ...at the range, drawing out of a holster and do a couple of double taps ...its ok ....but as I fire 3 or 4 rounds the gun tends to move in my big mitts ...and my groups get pretty ragged... / so on these shorter revolvers, I like the K frames a little more ...( or the L or N frames especially ...) ...
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Old July 22, 2011, 08:45 PM   #7
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J-frame 60

My j-frame 60-4 came with adjustable sights.
No, it's not for sale or trade.
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Old July 23, 2011, 02:19 AM   #8
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I think your just teasing people. I know your type.
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Old July 23, 2011, 10:33 AM   #9
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That exact revolver is on my short list of firearms to buy. It just feels right to me.
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Old July 23, 2011, 11:27 AM   #10
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Model 60 with adj. sights

I have a 3" model 60 in .38 special that has adj. sights and I really love the little gun. I put some Hogue grips on it to fit my big hands and it feels perfect to me.
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Old July 23, 2011, 06:07 PM   #11
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S&W MOD 60

Target Trigger and Hammer?
I found a square frame grip set for mine too. The bottom most one in this photo. 38SPL not 357MAG.

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Old July 24, 2011, 07:51 AM   #12
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Don't worry, if your buddy's got a lick of sense he'll swap with you.
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Old July 24, 2011, 08:02 AM   #13
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My 5" model 60 has adjustable sights.
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Old July 24, 2011, 08:16 AM   #14
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Gotta say that that 3" barrel length is one of the most useful trade offs you can make...utility and function vs. concealability. My wife's M-36, 3" barrel with its adjustable sights, has served us well since '75, if memory serves. We've both carried it extensively, and have never found it any more difficult to conceal than her shorter M-637. Were I you, padnuh, I'd keep that beautifully designed five shooter...and no lock...what's not to like. I predict that you'll regret the trade.

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BTW: I've chrono'd both the 1-7/8" barrel on her 637 vs. the 3" on the M-36 and found a 75 fps difference on average in .38 Special. Can't say what it'd be in .357 but that gives you some idea of speed.....

BTW2: For the pocket carry...get a good pocket liner type holster, and learn to draw by keeping your thumb over the hammer...depending on how tight my pants are, I have no problem. You're gonna give up those oh so useful adj. sights and barrel length, for one of those soulless pocket monstrosities. LOL Rod
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Old July 24, 2011, 10:48 AM   #15
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here are the two three inch 38spls s&w model 60,s i bought in the mid 80,s and had ingraved for my sons. they have not fired them. i do need to find a set of ivory grips for the one yet.eastbank.

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Old July 24, 2011, 08:00 PM   #16
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You should rethink the trade of your 3"er. You don't see a lot of pre-lock .357 mags in a model 60. You can find a snubbie 60 anywhere.
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Old July 25, 2011, 04:15 AM   #17
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Old July 25, 2011, 07:03 AM   #18
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Eastbank...good lookin' pieces for your kids...you're a good dad....you should get 'em out on the range for some practice. Rod
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Old July 25, 2011, 10:38 AM   #19
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rodfac, the guns stay here alot,my son,s are 25 and 27 and live away alot because of their jobs and leave all their firearms here to avoid having them stolden. when they come home we do shoot alot,but they have decided not to fire them and i honor their wishes. eastbank.
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Old July 25, 2011, 11:31 AM   #20
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You should rethink the trade of your 3"er. You don't see a lot of pre-lock .357 mags in a model 60. You can find a snubbie 60 anywhere.
Didn't realize the pre-lock .357 60's where somewhat scarce, after reading some of the other posts I might just decide to keep it and hold off on the .38 640.
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Old July 26, 2011, 09:02 PM   #21
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Good decision to keep it. I learned from experience to keep this particular model. I am on my third one now, having traded off the first two. I was lucky to find another when I finally decided to stick with it. I just seem to keep coming back to this one. My current one is here to stay (I hope). jben
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Old August 4, 2011, 07:06 PM   #22
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I'll second that motion to keep it. I nearly sold my 2.125" model 60 some time ago and it's the best move I never made.
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Old August 11, 2011, 03:57 PM   #23
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Personally, I think you are nuts for selling or trading that revolver.

I have a Nickle 36-1 3" in 38spl and its a great little field revolver for plinking and small game. Wish I had adjustable sights on it like yours. If you consider the usefulness of that Model 60 as a light, easy to carry field gun, you may think differently about getting rid of it.

If you want to pocket carry, then buy a 2" revolver for carry.

You should really rethink what you need, as you will regret selling this one.
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Old August 13, 2011, 09:52 PM   #24
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I actually ended up selling it and picking up a 640 no dash in .38 special.



The model 60 with the 3 inch barrel kind of defeated the purpose of having a J frame for me. The whole point is for it to be small and compact, if its not compact the 5 round limit is not worth it. Also that was the first revovler with MIM parts that I have owned and the last. On one occasion I had the pin that holds the hammer in place snap, the one that is mounted to the left side of the frame, on a completely separate occasion I had a hammer block snap. With that being said I do want another 3" but I want to step up to a model 13.

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