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dfletcher
12-13-2008, 7:26 PM
Have I missed something regarding prices on the older J frames with 3" barrels - as in no lock and no MIM, 70s & 80s production? I've seen a few in NorCal recently & they're in the $450.00 to $700.00 (yes, $700.00) price range. I know the longer barrel is a bit different, didn't think it was that different.

I know the older Smiths are up there in price in CA, but didn't think the Js were up that high.

ar15barrels
12-13-2008, 7:45 PM
I have a 3" Lew Horton full lug model 60 in 38spl.
I paid $225 for it about 10 years ago.
It's got adjustable sights.
I can stay on an IPSC cardboard out to 100yds, not that I would ever need to shoot it that far...

rue
12-13-2008, 7:48 PM
I have a 3" Lew Horton full lug model 60 in 38spl.
I paid $225 for it about 10 years ago.
It's got adjustable sights.
I can stay on an IPSC cardboard out to 100yds, not that I would ever need to shoot it that far...


Dude seriously 100 yards? I call BS:rolleyes:

paul0660
12-13-2008, 7:54 PM
I can stay on an IPSC cardboard out to 100yds, not that I would ever need to shoot it that far...

I would go with that, if he said "sometimes" That IS a big target.

dfletcher
12-13-2008, 7:56 PM
So what about that price question?

randy
12-13-2008, 8:14 PM
Get a Blue book for guns and look for yourself.

Don't bet against Randall you'll loose that bet. 100 yds isn't that far even with a snubby.

dfletcher
12-13-2008, 8:22 PM
Get a Blue book for guns and look for yourself.




Thanks - I've got a Blue Book and if it was any help I wouldn't have asked the question. If you're aware of a gun store in CA that sells them for book I'm sure everyone on the forum would be happy to know. Meanwhile I'm just trying to find out if anyone has noticed them going up alot.

ar15barrels
12-13-2008, 8:26 PM
Dude seriously 100 yards? I call BS:rolleyes:

I didn't say the first shot would be on target.
It takes a couple rounds to learn your rear sight hold-under.
After that it's not too hard to stay on target.
Most of my long range practice with that gun is on a 10" plate.
I hit about 30% on that plate.
That really makes the IPSC target easy.

Read about what Elmer Keith did with a revolver... ;)

Tarn_Helm
12-13-2008, 8:33 PM
Have I missed something regarding prices on the J frames with 3" barrels? I've seen a few in NorCal recently & they're in the $450.00 to $700.00 (yes, $700.00) price range. I know the longer barrel is a bit different, didn't think it was that different.

I know the older Smiths are up there in price in CA, but didn't think the Js were up that high.

:useless:
:hammer:

ar15barrels
12-13-2008, 8:36 PM
:useless:

http://ar15barrels.com/gfx/m60.jpg

pennys dad
12-13-2008, 9:28 PM
Now, that is an awesome revolver. Damn that is sweet Happiness

Miltiades
12-14-2008, 4:07 AM
The 3 inch S&W model 60s are still in production by S&W, with the internal lock, of course. Bud's Gun Shop in Kentucky sells them for $547:

Model 60 at Bud's Gun Shop (http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/products_id/43699)

http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/images/43699.jpg

Miltiades
12-14-2008, 4:15 AM
I have noticed that 3 inch S&W revolvers have acquired sort of a cult like following, if you read about them on gun chat boards. Anything with a 3 inch barrel seems to go for considerably more than a 2.5 or 4 inch barrel. There were never as many 3 inchers manufactured as the other lengths, and some people consider 3 inches to be the perfect length for concealed carry.

Here is my 3 inch model 66, a K frame gun. It would probably sell for about $700, based on recent sales I have seen.

http://i116.photobucket.com/albums/o25/pogo2/SW66-450.jpg

dfletcher
12-14-2008, 4:34 AM
I paid about $225.00 for my 3' 37 about 5 years ago, never shot the damn thing and I believe it was test fired only - very distinct 2 chambers showing it was factory fired, nothing else. For $500.00 I would dump it like a fat girl at a strip club.

c good
12-14-2008, 6:00 AM
For some reason, J-Frames just don't demand the price that K and N frames do. I sold a new in original box, 80's era, Model 36-1, 3 inch barrel for $450 last year to a fellow member. I feel it was fairly priced. The 3 inch barrels do have a cult following as there were not that many made compared to the shorter barreled versions. They also have a full length ejector rod and are nicely balanced. c good

A'sDad
12-14-2008, 6:40 AM
+1 on Blue Book being useless. I would have 10 more guns if I could buy them at Blue Book prices! Can't help on price but I do know what you mean about a 3" barrel. I think that is the perfect length. I am currently looking for a Taurus 941 with a 3" barrel.

rivviepop
12-14-2008, 8:53 AM
I won't bust out the 3" k-frame collection, but will say I have the same old-sk00l 3" M60 full-lug/adjustable as AR-15 Barrels does as well (EDIT: just re-looked, mine has a forged hammer/trigger not MIM) - my other 3" J-frame is a 337-1 break-your-wrist ultralight. Both cost me less than $500 each, the 337 was a good find at that price.

http://i172.photobucket.com/albums/w21/rivviepop/snv11603_800.jpg

Obligatory spam:

I'm still looking for that rare 686-4 3" full-length extractor model, anyone sees one lemme know I'll pay top dollar. Like the original 66-3 3", only 2500 of these made.

ar15barrels
12-14-2008, 10:03 AM
I have the same old-sk00l 3" M60 full-lug/adjustable as AR-15 Barrels does as well (EDIT: just re-looked, mine has a forged hammer/trigger not MIM)

My gun is pre-MIM as well.
I just found that picture on google images to show the guy what we were talking about.
I bought mine from a gunsmith who had gone though it and bobbed the hammer.
It was his wife's purse gun until the glock 26 came out.

rivviepop
12-14-2008, 10:10 AM
I bought mine from a gunsmith who had gone though it and bobbed the hammer.
It was his wife's purse gun until the glock 26 came out.

Hmmm, makes me wonder -- has S&W ever made a J-frame 3" hammerless?

Miltiades
12-14-2008, 3:12 PM
Hmmm, makes me wonder -- has S&W ever made a J-frame 3" hammerless?

The Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson shows that the internal hammer model 940, a 9mm J frame, was made in both 2 and 3 inch barrels (page 273). The 3 inch barrel is rare, as it was only made from 1991 to 1993. The product code of this gun is 104260.

The catalog also shows the model 640 internal hammer model was available in 3 inch barrel (page 263). This is a .38 special J frame in stainless steel. The product codes are 103794 and 103795.

dfletcher
12-14-2008, 4:26 PM
Hmmm, makes me wonder -- has S&W ever made a J-frame 3" hammerless?

Yes, there are a very few 3" Model 49s (or 38s - the Airweight version) out there, worth a few grand I believe & pictured in the Smith standard catalog book.

If you want to see how quickly your e-mail can fill up, get on the Smith forum and post "I know nothing of Smiths, through an estate I just received a 3" Model 49 ......." They're evidently quite the find.