Sold For: $1,210
Make: Smith & Wesson
Model: 27-2, The .357 Magnum
Serial Number: N433292
Year of Manufacture: 1977-1978
Caliber: .357 Magnum
Action Type: 6-Shot, Double Action / Single Action (DA / SA), Fluted Swing-Out Cylinder Revolver.
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “SMITH & WESSON”, the right side is marked “S.&W. 357 MAGNUM”. The side plate is marked with S&W’s trade mark logo, the right side of the frame is marked with the four line Marcas Registradas. The crane cut is marked with the serial and model numbers, the butt is marked with the serial number. The rear face of the cylinder is marked “N” outside the ejector and with the serial number under the ejector star. The crane and sides of the grip frame have inspection marks including a large “N” under the left grip panel.
Barrel Length: 6″, Pinned
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a patridge blade, pinned to a rise in the barrel’s rib; the top of the rib is finely checkered, matching the checkering on the top of the frame. The rear sight is a square notch in a base micro adjustable for windage and elevation screwed to the topstrap.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two piece checkered Goncalo Alves target stocks with speedloader cut. The right panel has a couple of light marks on the bottom face. Otherwise, there are only light handling marks. The checkering is sharp. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in about Fine-Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: Nickel
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 97% of its metal finish. The cylinder has a thin, light turn-line, not through the finish. The 0.500″ target hammer and trigger have minor operational wear in their otherwise strong case-coloring. The barrel and frame have a few scattered minor marks including some concealed by the grips, not through the finish. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this revolver is in about Fine-Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The single action trigger is crisp, the double action smooth. We did not fire this handgun. The cylinder locks up with almost no play on each chamber. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This revolver comes in a wood Smith & Wesson presentation case with blue-flock lined inrerior, fitted tray, cleaning accessories including rod, brush, mop and grooved handle screwdriver, and under the tray is an assortment of factory paperwork including manual. Most of the cleaning accessories are still sealed in their packaging, the bore mop is separate, but shows little to no sign of use. The presentation case has scattered light storage wear on the exterior, the interior has minor wear from the contents, in about Very Good-Fine condition.
Our Assessment: The .357 Magnum was the king of handgun cartridges for decades and Smith & Wesson made some of the best. This example comes to us from the late ’70s with its finely checkered topstrap and rib, pinned barrel and recessed chambers. They literally do not make them like this anymore. This revolver has an 6″ barrel with adjustable sights along with a beautiful nickel finish. It is in about Fine-Excellent condition with about 97% of its nickel finish, a fantastic bore and strong mechanics. The revolver comes with a Smith & Wesson presentation case, cleaning accessories and factory paperwork including manual. This is a great opportunity for an investment – shooter – collector. Please see our photos and good luck!
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable (THIS SECTION DOES NOT APPLY TO OUT-OF-STATE RESIDENTS): This Pistol CANNOT be sold as a dealer sale in California and CANNOT be transferred as a Private Party Transfer (PPT) at our Simi Valley location. Out of state residents can disregard this section – your local laws apply.