SOLD FOR: $1,675
Make: Smith & Wesson
Model: 63-3, Round Butt Product Code 104000
Serial Number: BKZ8503
Year of Manufacture: 1992 (Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson, 3rd Edition by Richard Nahas & Jim Supica, page 400)
Caliber: .22 Long Rifle
Action Type: 6-Shot, Double / Single Action, Swing-Out, Fluted Cylinder Revolver.
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “SMITH & WESSON”, the right is marked “.22 L.R. CTG.”, the left side of the frame has S&W’s monogram logo, the right has the four line Marcas Registradas. The yoke cut is marked “MOD. 63-3”. The yoke and sides of the grip frame have inspection marks. The back of the cylinder is marked “V”, the barrel flat is marked “S”. The butt is marked with the serial number.
Barrel Length: 2”, With solid, serrated rib.
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a serrated ramp blade with a red insert, integral to a rise in the solid, serrated rib. The rear sight is a flat top, square notched leaf in a base that is micrometer-click adjustable for windage and elevation.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece checkered wood panels with S&W medallions. The grips have a couple of minor scratches and compressions. The left panel has light tool marks around the grip screw escutcheon. The checkering is otherwise sharp. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in about Fine condition.
Type of Finish: Stainless Steel
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This pistol retains about 98% of its metal finish. The cylinder has a thin turn-line. Otherwise, there are only a few scattered minor marks which mostly go unnoticed in the stainless finish. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this handgun rates in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The cylinder produces very little side to side play with no measurable back play in full lockup of all 6 chambers. The double action trigger pull is smooth, the single action is crisp. We did not fire this handgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This revolver comes in a blue cardboard Smith & Wesson box with serial-matching label, wax paper, an assortment of factory paperwork including manual and cleaning accessories including rod, brush, mop and grooved alloy-handle screwdriver. The box has scattered storage wear with some fraying at edges and corners, in about Very Good condition. The cleaning accessories show no signs of use, though there is a small hole in their plastic packaging.
Our Assessment: Introduced in 1977, the model 63 is a J-frame, stainless steel, rimfire revolver. Its smaller frame and .22 LR chambering make it a nice training revolver for new shooters, especially those with smaller hands. This example is built on a round-butt frame with a 2″ barrel. This variant was originally introduced as a Lew Horton special in 1989 but was added to the standard production line in 1992. The gun is in Excellent condition with little in the way of wear, a great bore and strong mechanics. It comes with its original box, makint this both a great revolver for training and recreation as well as a good addition to a Smith & Wesson collection. Please see our pictures and good luck!