View Full Version : Shortening barrel length on a S&W N frame-

February 10, 2008, 10:20 PM
Has anyone ever shortened the barrel of a Smith & Wesson "N" frame ?
Like changing an 8 3/8 inch barrel to a 4,5, or 6 inch length and setting
the front sight back.
Was wondering what problems you might run into in having this done ?


February 11, 2008, 07:45 PM
"Chop jobs" are not too uncommon, especially years ago when S&W didn't offer that many models and people were too poor to buy new barrels and have them properly fitted.

Generally, the only problems with shortening a revolver barrel is the lettering on the barrel.
Usually the lettering gets cut in half and this looks bad.

On the S&W the only other real possible problem is if the barrel is shortened below the front latch you would have to install a ball lock in the frame.
On some shortened jobs, the ejector rod assembly has to be changed out.

As long as you cut off in front of the forward latch the only issues are replacing the front sight, and the chopped off lettering.

James K
February 11, 2008, 10:37 PM
Try www.cylinder-slide.com. They do that kind of work. You don't say what kind of S&W it is, but some of the older ones have significant collector value and counting the cost of the work you might be better dollar-wise to sell/trade that gun on one with the barrel length you want.


February 11, 2008, 11:36 PM
It's a S&W model 57 .41 Magnum with the 8 3/8 inch barrel.
The lettering is right above the front latch and is spaced
about right to be balanced even if it was shorter---like maybe a
5 inch bbl. finished job. The front latch wouldn't be bothered either.