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Old January 8, 2012, 02:58 PM   #1
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S&W Model 60, in 38 Spl only. How old?

How old is such a revolver likely to be? It is not often I see revolvers for sale second hand here, other than Taurus 38s.

So what are these S&Ws like and when did the 38 switch over to 357/38?
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Old January 8, 2012, 03:23 PM   #2
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The Mod 60 was introduced in 1965 as the first production stainless steel gun. The same as the Chief Speical Mod 36 only in SS. The 357 came along with the Mod 60-9 (1969). A very very nice gun. Mine is a 60-15 3 inch barrel 357. Being an all steel gun it's just heavy enough to handle the 357.

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Old January 8, 2012, 04:13 PM   #3
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I don't know exactly when the .357 was introduced in the model 60, but it certainly was NOT in 1969!
Closer to 1999.
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Old January 8, 2012, 04:19 PM   #4
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How about 1996 just got my numbers out of order. My bad.

That would have really been a lot of production changes for 4 years.
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Old January 9, 2012, 12:51 AM   #5
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Sounds like a good carry gun for you Mr pond.
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Old January 9, 2012, 03:20 PM   #6
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It would be nice, Walklightly: I agree! Here it is, the cheeky little minx!!



Thanks for the insights, folks...

Alas money does not play fair. It would also be a 4-5 hour round trip to the east of the country. All that for a gun of uncertain age with an asking price of €300 (excluding the fuel costs of €1.20 a litre!!). Probably better than the 38 Spl Taurae that are going in the shops here in my town, but those are also about €75 cheaper.

My Redhawk is awesome, and my Glock impressive in its performance and how I have progressed with it, but this dumb "Condition 3" law for pistols still bugs me, despite never having carried my guns!!

(probably just convincing myself into getting another gun, which really is not wise!! )

Ye gods!!
This firearms business is more hazardous to the wallet than motorcycling has ever been (with the possible exception of the endless tinkering possible on Urals....)
Seriously....I need to be careful!
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Old January 9, 2012, 03:27 PM   #7
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Great little gun, a little heavy for pocket carry compared to an Airweight like a 637, but still fine for carry in a decent holster and an easy shooter for a J-frame. My 60-7 .38 special (1994) with a replacement bobbed hammer is shown below...

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Old January 9, 2012, 08:46 PM   #8
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(with the possible exception of the endless tinkering possible on Urals....)
Tractor on two wheels made in Russia. I like'm, If you can get a mint one to me in NV USA, I'll trade you my S&W 627 V-Comp. Of course, I'd have to do the same and get it to you. Ohhh well, we can dream. I'll just have to buy one for maybe a lot more than you would pay for one. LOL
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Old January 10, 2012, 02:45 AM   #9
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off topic:Yep, they've rocketed up in price: Luckily, I got mine with 400 miles on the clock for €1500 less than the on the road. A year later the OTR price was up by another €1500!!
It's the Patrol: with sidecar 2WD: great for taking dogs camping in the snow!!
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GUNS, GUNS, GUNS, GUNS, GUNS, GUNS, S&W, Ruger.... back to guns...please don't close the thread!!
Did you know you can get a deactivated MG for your Ural rig?
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Old January 10, 2012, 05:31 PM   #10
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That's on topic, if you mean machine gun. Does it have a PTO to power the MG?
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Old January 10, 2012, 08:08 PM   #11
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PM sent, Mr. Pond.
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Old January 10, 2012, 09:55 PM   #12
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My Redhawk is awesome, and my Glock impressive in its performance and how I have progressed with it, but this dumb "Condition 3" law for pistols still bugs me, despite never having carried my guns!!
Chamber empty carry -- is that also required for revolvers?

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I agree! Here it is, the cheeky little minx!!
Looks like your classic J-frame.

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Old January 10, 2012, 10:17 PM   #13
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Chamber empty carry -- is that also required for revolvers?
I don't think they have to, but if they did in a revolver, all he has to do is pull the trigger. Right?
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Old January 10, 2012, 10:58 PM   #14
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With a .38 J-frame, leaving one cylinder empty would mean a 20% reduction in an already low capacity.
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Old January 11, 2012, 03:58 AM   #15
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Revolvers can be carried with the cylinder full. Semis need to be carried with the chamber empty, by law, although I suspect many will flaunt this.

Personally, I'm relunctant to as I think the odds of getting grief from the law is higher than grief from a "footpad". Best way to avoid that is a revolver, despite the associated capactiy issues. However, my über-good deal on a Redhawk does really help in the concealed carry department, unless I wear a duffel coat everywhere!

It is a daft law, IMHO.
I can sort of see the logic with the likes of my Glock (no safety other than one's finger), but for DA/SA pistols, surely it is no different to a revolver.... still, it is what it is....
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Old January 11, 2012, 04:39 AM   #16
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Mr. Pond: If you can provide a serial number, we can give you an approximate date of manufacture.
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Old January 11, 2012, 04:41 AM   #17
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Tractor on two wheels made in Russia. I like'm, If you can get a mint one to me in NV USA, I'll trade you my S&W 627 V-Comp. Of course, I'd have to do the same and get it to you. Ohhh well, we can dream. I'll just have to buy one for maybe a lot more than you would pay for one. LOL
I assume you know that there are dealers in the U.S?
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Old January 11, 2012, 05:36 PM   #18
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Yep.
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