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Old 07-02-2016, 7:11 AM
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Default Speaking of revolvers.......

Bobby's recent thread about his new wheelguns has reminded me of the irony regarding the resurgence of the popularity of revolvers.

Growing up in the fifties and sixties, revolvers were by far the favorite choice of cops, sportsmen and target shooters. A great many of them stayed in nightstands throughout the country.

Then automatics began taking over the market and revolvers became passe and too old school for "modern" shooters.

It wasn't long ago that revolvers languished at the bottom of gun store display cases, overshadowed by the latest and greatest wonder pistol. They waited there with ridiculously low price tags for someone to come along that could appreciate the craftsmanship and beauty they represented.

When I first moved to Nevada they were everywhere and I went on a buying spree and bought every reasonably Smith and Wesson I found.

Times have changed and people have wised up. Old S&W's have become a hot item and nowadays I seldom see decent examples at reasonable prices anywhere.

My two best scores were a LNIB Model 19 and a very nice Model 27. Both were guns I had been looking for for many years and had little luck in finding at any price.

M19: found sitting in a small gun store, I was able to negotiate a price of $475 OTD for this one just two years ago.



M27: same store, two months later, this one was sitting in the same place the M19 had been sitting and had come in just the day before. $750 took it home. This is a gun that I had been looking to buy for several years, but I had never even seen one for sale.



All this reminds me of the last decent deal that I pulled out of the same store. Another gun I had been looking for to replace one that I sold off many years ago in a moment of insanity.

The Model 15 is a gun that has recently developed a sort of cult status. They represent all that is good about older Smiths. The K frame is a perfect size for most peoples hands, the actions are silky smooth and they are very accurate guns. After I found this one, I scored two others, but this one is far and away in the best condition.

$400 poorer, I was a happy man nonetheless.

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Super nice collection you have my friend. I love the look of blued revolvers even though only one of my two revolvers is blued. So do you actually shoot your collection, or are they safe queens?
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Nice finds. My first firearm purchase was a S&W 686. Wish I would have kept it.
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Old 07-02-2016, 7:33 AM
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Super nice collection you have my friend. I love the look of blued revolvers even though only one of my two revolvers is blued. So do you actually shoot your collection, or are they safe queens?
I tend not to shoot the high condition guns, but I have extras that I shoot on a regular basis. I picked up a couple of finish worn M15's and I have a M66 that has been shot a fair amount. The .357 that I shoot the most is a 4" M586 I picked up at a yard sale. I have a couple .44 Mags, one is in 99% condition in it's presentation case and I don't shoot it. The other though, is a 1959 vintage 4" model 29 that I have had for many years and I have shot the snot out of it.

Pictures don't really show the amount of finish wear from being in and out of a holster lots and lots of times.



Edited to add: I am not really a collector, more of an accumulator really. While I have a dozen and a half Smiths, they are more the result of opportunistic buying rather than any kind of collecting focus.
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Back in the 80's we were able to purchase our Model 15 revolvers when we switched to the Beretta 92F. I love mine.
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Highpower- I experienced a little of the same just a couple years back when all my fellow Californians were taking advantage of the SSE and stocking up on new autos. The old revolvers in shops were sitting a little longer and selling a little cheaper. I'm still kicking myself for passing on a 2" 686 no dash for $600 and a pretty good Model 15 for $350, but funds were limited and I did score some nice ones.

Below, a really nice M34 snubby I picked up for $500
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Old 07-02-2016, 9:18 AM
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Highpower- I experienced a little of the same just a couple years back when all my fellow Californians were taking advantage of the SSE and stocking up on new autos. The old revolvers in shops were sitting a little longer and selling a little cheaper. I'm still kicking myself for passing on a 2" 686 no dash for $600 and a pretty good Model 15 for $350, but funds were limited and I did score some nice ones.

Below, a really nice M34 snubby I picked up for $500
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It really sucks how the lack of money gets in the way of buying our toys.
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From a fellow accumulator of Smiths to another: Well done! Beautiful pieces you got.

Wheel gun fever never dies. I appreciate Smiths as you can probably tell...


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From a fellow accumulator of Smiths to another: Well done! Beautiful pieces you got.

Wheel gun fever never dies. I appreciate Smiths as you can probably tell.
I have a certain weakness for revolvers of all types, although for some reason, my only single action at this moment is a Colt SAA.

I suppose my favorite Smiths are the N frames. No particular reason, I just like those big meaty guns.




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Outstanding, gentlemen. Simply outstanding...

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Highpower, thanks for sharing! Some really awesome Smiths there. I have found myself venturing back even further into single action revolvers. With a new interest in cowboy action, the old SAA and clones are becoming more and more interesting.

Still, I love my model 65 and 629, and reloading makes it so I can afford to shoot them
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With me , revolvers never lost the popularity.
My first handgun was Ruger Police Service Six. 357
I often carry my : S&W Model :65 three inch, 640 and 642 off duty.
Shot PPC with revolvers for many years. Shot BE with my model 625-2 and my 6.5" Model 24.
Always keep at least one revolver in my shooting box.
And own plenty of S&W pre lock revolvers.

In the age of light rails , optical sights , polymer framed handguns and all other "COOL" stuff and good medium frame 3-4 inch revolver in 38/357 or .44 special with a couple of speedloaders will get You through the night.

I would have no problem showing up for duty with my 4 inch 686, a model 640 for back up ................and a Remington 12GA with buckshot and slugs
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Holy Crap! You guys deserve a big spanking fer having such beautiful S&W collections!

Thanks for sharing!!!!
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Nice finds. My first firearm purchase was a S&W 686. Wish I would have kept it.
Me too!! First gun purchase ever was a 686 2.5" and sold it for something else that at the time I thought would better suit my needs as my 1 HD/range gun- not knowing at the time that buying guns turns quickly to an addiction and my collection would grow exponentially over the years.

Still haven't replaced the 2.5" 686 though- really need to do that.
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OP, thanks for this thread- it gives me hope amid all the new gun laws that will be in effect soon in CA- at the very least we still can buy some of the beauties you and others have posted on this thread-thanks again and I look forward to seeing what else you and others have in store for us anxious and somewhat hopeful Californians.
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These are some nice Wheel Pistol. +1 on the collection
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Beautiful and inspiring to anyone considering adding a revolver to their collection. It's a crying shame these are off roster and you may have to go to great lengths to purchase one. Once they turn 50, then they are good to go. Where is the logic??
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Old 07-03-2016, 5:56 AM
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Once they turn 50, then they are good to go. Where is the logic??
There is no logic in the anti gun argument, they think with their vaginas. Fifty years is an arbitrary demarcation that was dreamed up nearly fifty years ago, how ironic!

The good news is that there are a ton of revolvers out there that are over fifty years old and can still be found. Many are coming out of the woodwork as older folks pass on and their kids often have no interest in their Dads old gun.

Guns like these turn up time to time and you just have to be ready to purchase them on the spot rather than take your time and think about it. I have been in gun stores and was looking at a old gun and had people standing there waiting for me to put the gun I had in my hand down so they could buy it. I have to say that I have been guilty of the same thing.

Since folks seem to be enjoying the pics, here is a couple more of the Smiths I picked up over the years.

A pair of 1948 K22 Masterpieces.


1950 K38 Masterpiece.


1954 Combat Masterpiece wearing a rare set of early non-relieved target stocks.
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This thread is like a quick relief amidst all the stupidity happening in California. Let's keep it alive!
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S&W Model 53 from 1974(last year of production),convertible 22 Centerfire/rim fire . Pete





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I have a certain weakness for revolvers of all types, although for some reason, my only single action at this moment is a Colt SAA.

I suppose my favorite Smiths are the N frames. No particular reason, I just like those big meaty guns.




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Beautiful collection, I am with you I love Smith N Frames followed by K frames. I am always on the lookout for more.
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The .357 that I shoot the most is a 4" M586 I picked up at a yard sale.
This in itself is Amazing! Yard sale!!
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In celebration of the Fourth of July, here is another K frame. This is the oldest S&W I have, a Model 1899 (made in 1901) First Model Target. The 1899 model was S&W's first Hand Ejector chambered for the then-new, .38 Special

Target models were always a small fraction of the production of early Smith and Wessons. Estimates are somewhere between 5-10% of the total of any given model, survival rate of these guns is further estimated at about 10%.

Since there were just over 21,000 first model hand ejectors made between 1899 and 1901 and using the 10% of production estimate, that leaves maybe 200 or less of these have made it through to today. I have seen a couple over the years, but all that I have seen were modified in some way or the other, usually having the barrels shortened.

This one, while a bit finish worn, is in original condition and has all matching numbers. I bought it off of an add on the local Armslist and the deal was made in the parking lot of a local shopping center. He really didn't know what it was, and quite frankly, neither did I. The price we settled on was cheap enough to make it well worth my while to take it home.

Even after 115 years, it is still tight and timed perfectly.




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Great looking revolvers. I love my 686. I've never liked semi-auto as much as revolvers.
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I love my revolvers. I'm missing one or two recent ones in this older picture. I would sell one of my semi-autos before selling any of my revolvers.

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I want to keep this thread alive.

Below is a revolver that is not very common due to lower production number and being dedicated to CHP and LAPD. This one is LAPD - a 68-2 in DAO


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Here is another one of my lucky finds, a 1968 vintage Colt Trooper, complete with the original box and paperwork, including the test target.





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Very nice find! Wow...
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This M29-2 was bought in conjunction with a M57 from the same store. The deal was, to get a decent price on the 29, I had to buy both of them. I am reasonably sure that it may be unfired. While there are faint turn marks on the cylinder, the recoil shield doesn't show a mark from where a case would have contacted it after being shot.

The 6 1/2" barreled 29-2 was made famous by the movie "Dirty Harry".


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highpower - Keep them coming. If you can post a revolver with a little history at least once a day, that will be wonderful! As you can tell, there are many here who appreciate them. I will try to post as well.
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Back in the 80's we were able to purchase our Model 15 revolvers when we switched to the Beretta 92F. I love mine.
Yeah, I got one from J&G, cop-shop trade-in that they had hundreds of. Was at a gun show and an employee helped me go through a half-dozen boxes and cherry-picked a very nice one for $149 (nobody wanted a .38 back then).

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