View Full Version : WTK: More about this S&W 357.

06-22-2005, 10:35 AM

I am novice when it comes to revolvers and need help to ID (if they are still being made by S&W, model number and year they were made) this S&W and how much they go for this days? It only says S&W 357 on the side of the barrel.




06-22-2005, 12:17 PM
From the image, you have a Smith and Wesson model 27. This was the original "357 Magnum" revolver. If the grips are original to the revolver then the manufacture date is likely in the 50's. Nice revolver. The barrel rib and top strap of the frame should be checkered to reduce glare and "kick it up a notch". The Patridge front sight is correct. The barrel is pinned, the cylinder chambers are recessed and it looks like it has a target hammer and trigger. It looks like either a 6 or 6 1/2 inch barrel.This model was discontinued in 1994.

06-22-2005, 12:23 PM
Here's another novice-revolver-guy question: what do the terms "pinned" and "recessed" mean?


06-22-2005, 12:24 PM
The Blue Book lists values that range from $440 (100%) down to $198 (60%). These values take into account the 10% premium for the pinned barrel and recesed cylinder. Do some searching on Gunbroker and Gunsamerica to see what they are really going for. There is an added premium of $28 for a white outline rear sight. This was USUALLY in conjunction with either a red ramp or gold dot front sight.

06-22-2005, 12:29 PM
Pinned means the barrel threads were timed to bring the front sight to 12 O'Clock and the barrel was held in that position by a pin that fit in a groove in the barrel and ran through a hole in the frame. It can be seen in the image at the top of the frame just in front of the cylinder. Recessed means that the cartridge rims were recessed into the cylinder so that the were completely surrounded and held flush with the rear of the cylinder. It was supposed to be a safety issue but was later deemed unnecessary. It is a "classic" revolver thing.

Y. Lee Quiote
07-01-2005, 4:51 PM
If it has a model number it is stamped on the frame under the cylinder yoke and is visible only when the cylinder is open. There will be no model number if the gun was made before 1957.

The 27 was a deluxe gun and featured checkering on the top strap and barrel rib. A sure sign of the 27.

All S&Ws went through numerous incarnations and those made before 1982 are generally the best liked.

The pre-1982 guns had pinned barrels and the 22s and the Magnums had recessed chambers.