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Hard Ball
November 17, 2000, 12:28 PM
Some references say that the S&W Model 520 was made for the New York State Police. Shouyd there be any NYSP markings? How many were manufactured?

November 17, 2000, 04:57 PM
Hardball, most of my references are packed now in preperation of my move into the new hosue in a few but I think they are marked and know that there were very few made. The 520 was an oddity for Smith N frames and very desireable.
Might you be thinking of one that just came up for sale in a recent edition of a national publication.;) I just saw one but do not have t he cash for it right now.:(

Hard Ball
November 17, 2000, 05:17 PM
No, Gunslinger. There is one available in a local gunshop. It is about 99% and in the original blue and silver box. I don't need it, but I love Smith & Wesson N frames so it may be an early Christmas present. Thanks for the information. Hope you have an esy move,

Hard Ball

Mike Irwin
November 17, 2000, 09:21 PM
Hard Ball,

The 520 was originally ordered by the New York State Police around 1980. The order was never completed, and non were ever delivered, so I don't think there are any that are NYSP marked, which would indicate that the NYSP had taken possession of the gun.

This was the only S&W N-frame .357 ever made without adjustable sights.

According to Jinks & Nahaus, there were approximately 3,000 made, so it is not particularly collectible -- more so because the box is there, and the condition.

If all the original paperwork and any tools are there, it would probably be priced right around $500 or a bit more in Virginia.

How much is the dealer asking?

Hard Ball
November 18, 2000, 02:01 PM
He is asking $400, but I may be able to talk him down a little.

Well. it turned out when I went back that the dealer had two of them in idetical condition. Their serial numbers werevery close together but not consecutive. He finally agreed to sell them both for $ 700. Since I love S&W Nframes I bought them both. I guess I may have to change my user name to 'Two Gun Hard Ball."

I looked up the Model 520 kn Jim Supica's Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson at the local library. Supica says "DEveloped for the New York Stae Police but never delivered. 3,000 manufactured in 1980. Estimayed value New in box in 1996 $400. Supica's book is excellent so I have ordered a copy.

[Edited by Hard Ball on 11-18-2000 at 09:50 PM]