View Full Version : Shorten S&W revolver barrel?

August 10, 2005, 07:39 PM
Is there anything not obvious about shortening a S&W revolver barrel? It looks to me like on a 657 it would be 1) remove the front sight 2) cut the barrel 3) crown 4) smooth out any rough edges,shape 5) new sight. Done
Is that about right?

August 10, 2005, 08:39 PM
More or less.

August 10, 2005, 11:30 PM
Replacing the front sight ramp is careful work as is crowning the muzzle.
If you're looking for a custom barrel length it might be cheaper and easier to write S&W and ask if their custom shop would do it for you. The worst they can say is "No". (Actually the worst would be to price it $80 more than you're willing to pay.)

Keep in mind that if you shorten a 6" barrel to 5" .. or a 4" to 3", the roll stampings on the barrel will be off-centered in the final product. This will be a dead giveaway to a non-factory "bobbed" barrel if you ever sell the gun.

August 11, 2005, 06:29 AM
Off center stamp. I never would have thought of that. It doesn't matter to me in this case, but still, it is something I had never considered, thanks.

Dave Sample
August 11, 2005, 01:10 PM
The best way I think, would be to buy a shorter bharrel the size you want and install it. A shorter barrel has a different front sight height than the long one. I did this to an Old M&P some years ago for a personal carry gun and I had to use the lathe to fit the new barrel, but it turned out very well and shot well.

I traded it off to do body work on my wife's Buick Park Avenue. The car looks really nice still.

August 11, 2005, 01:46 PM
I agree with Mr. Sample on this. When you change the barrel length, you chance the sight radius. If you cut the barrel, you will need to have the correct blade for that length barrel. If you can find the sight blade you need, it could be used, but I would simply replace the barrel. Advertise the old barrel for sale here on the want ads, you will most likely be able to sell it if you ask a decent price and recoup some of the money you spend on the new barrel.