View Full Version : latest find: 5" Smith & Wesson Model 27 (4-screw) ~ 1959

08-16-2009, 5:00 PM
Like a lot of S&W appreciators/accumulators, I think the Model 27 in .357 Magnum is the greatest gun they've ever made -- whether in the much-loved pinned-and-counterbored configuration, or in the modern 8-shot incarnation. But the old guns really do have a bit of romance in them -- and I can't quite say no.

Having said all that, I happened across a very nice (C&R) 4-screw Model 27 ("no-dash") that dates from 1959. It has an S-prefix serial number, and the hard-to-find 5" barrel. I hesitated a little before buying because the topstrap checkering looked a bit worn - turns out it was just dirty - probably from contact with holster leather. This example was made right after S&W gave this gun the Model 27 designation. Previously it was simply, "The .357 Magnum Revolver".

The gun has Diamond Magna grips, numbered to the gun, and has a period-appropriate two-piece Gold Box (but marked for a nickel 5 inch), appropriate tools and wiper, and some paperwork that is a mixture of stuff from the 50's-70's. Mechanical condition and lockup is outstanding; finish has wear on some of the sharp edges, and on the bottom of the trigger guard (plus just a hint of muzzle wear) - looks like it was carried holstered for a short time, but the grips are in super condition as well (maybe replaced with Targets or Herretts/Ropers for a while) so they probably weren't carried on the gun.

The gun has a .500" target hammer and trigger, which I personally prefer. This gun won't be a safe queen -- but I'm not gonna shoot it loose, either. This one's a keeper for the next generation of gunnies.








B Strong
08-16-2009, 5:11 PM
That's one that would have been strong enough to make me use plastic to acquire.

I'm a little green looking at those pics Trashman.

08-16-2009, 5:44 PM
Beautiful gun, great find. Look how deep and rich the bluing is. Quite literally, "they don't make 'em like than any more..."

08-16-2009, 6:10 PM
Great find--a 5" is a rare barrel length, my 29 is from the late 50's also,it
is serial S1863xx. The bluing on these guns is outstanding---will make a
Python cry! Pete


08-16-2009, 7:25 PM
That's one that would have been strong enough to make me use plastic to acquire.

I'm a little green looking at those pics Trashman.

+1 very good score, had I the chance I would have told the wife I got it and not cared if she yelled!

08-16-2009, 7:29 PM
That is a mighty good find. Was it local in NorCal?

The five inch is "the" barrel length in an N Frame. All the more is the pity that they are among the rarer lengths to find.

Well done!!!!

scout II
08-16-2009, 8:40 PM
Where does someone find such a beautiful S&W?Great score on that one.I wish I had some good luck finding one of those old blued guns.Looking at it just puts a smile on my face:)

Mr. Beretta
08-16-2009, 9:46 PM
Beautiful ! Congrats!

08-16-2009, 9:56 PM
Thanks for teasing us with that beautiful find! ;)

08-16-2009, 10:12 PM
So pretty! I'm green with envy.

08-17-2009, 8:00 PM
my 29 is from the late 50's also,it
is serial S1863xx. The bluing on these guns is outstanding

And look at the wood on those grips, much richer and deeper than what passes for "premium grips" these days. Beautiful piece.

08-18-2009, 12:30 PM
Very nice indeed, did the seller have any more items for sale?

08-18-2009, 12:35 PM
Very nice indeed, did the seller have any more items for sale?

Oh yes, indeed...lots of C&R stuff. A 1958 Model 12 nickeled Airweight ($395, with box!). An elusive Model 16...couple of Terriers, and a very nice nickeled Colt Diamondback .22 jfor ~$2k+; a pair of (4" and 6") Pre-29's, with cokes, presentation cases, and tools....

He's not local, but he's been at both the Reno shows I've been to.


08-18-2009, 12:54 PM
Wow. Outstanding find, congrats for getting this one. Beautiful.

10-15-2011, 7:07 AM
I have a Smith & Wesson Model 27 with a 6 1/2" barrel, blued. According to the serial number S198XXX it was made in late 1959 or early 1960. This was my fathers, who purchased it new. Comes in the original goldish colored box with Smith & Wesson Helpful Hints, original cleaning rod, tools and some peice of wood about 6 1/2 " long with a green metal tip n the end (not sure what that is). No finish wear and very little wear on the wooden grips, if any. Looks brand new. I am currently looking to sell this one so if your interested.

10-15-2011, 9:49 AM
You my friend make me sick...........with envy!:D

10-15-2011, 9:51 AM

10-15-2011, 10:22 AM
Very nice score!!! You are a lucky man.

10-15-2011, 10:55 AM
a beautiful and exciting find. congratulations.

10-15-2011, 11:48 AM
what a beautiful classic Smith and Wesson!

West coast
10-15-2011, 12:44 PM
Nice.... Zombie killer

10-15-2011, 1:51 PM

10-15-2011, 6:21 PM
That's nice. You seem a decent fellow. Shame you have to settle for buying those old used revolvers. I would be willing to take that old obsolete gun off your hands so you could afford to upgrade to a nice new one... :D

Great find you lucky dog! Much want! :drool5: