Sold For: $2,554.97
Make: Smith & Wesson
Model: 581, .357 Distinguished Service Magnum
Serial Number: AAA2449
Year of Manufacture: 1980, First Year of Production (production began at serial AAA2006)
Caliber: .357 Magnum
Action Type: Single/Double Action 6 Shot Revolver with Swing-Out Cylinder
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “SMITH & WESSON”. The right side of the barrel is marked “S.&W. 357 MAGNUM”. The flat under the yoke is marked “MOD. 581”. The butt is marked “AAA2449”. The sideplate is marked with the S&W logo and the right side of the frame is marked with the four-line Marcas Registradas address. The yoke and sides of the grip frame have inspection marks.
Barrel Length: 4″, Full Lug
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a serrated ramp blade integral to the front of the wide, solid rib. The rear sight is a square notch in the top strap.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece checkered walnut Magna stocks with S&W medallions at their tops. The grips have no notable wear or damage, only light handling marks. The checkering is sharp. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in about Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore. There are no marks in the bore, cylinder or recoil shield that this pistol was ever fired outside the factory.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 98% of its metal finish. The trigger and hammer have minor operational wear in otherwise strong case color. Otherwise, there are only light handling marks. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this revolver is in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The cylinder lock-up is solid on all six chambers with no play when the trigger is depressed. The single action trigger is crisp, the double action is smooth. 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 pistol comes in a two-piece blue cardboard S&W box with metal-reinforced corners, serial-matching label, wax paper, cleaning rod and brush, and an assortment of factory paperwork including manual. The box shows minor storage wear, in about Fine-Excellent condition. The cleaning rod and brush are still sealed in their plastic packaging.
Our Assessment: This is a Smith and Wesson Model 581 Distinguished Service Magnum revolver, blued with a 4” barrel. This is basically the same gun as the Model 586 except with fixed vs. adjustable sights. It is built on S&W’s L frame with a full barrel lug. The revolver was made in 1980, the first year of production, and is one of the first 500 of this model ever made. The pistol is in about Excellent condition with about 98% of its original finish remaining and comes in its original factory box with factory cleaning equipment and paperwork. This is a great looking revolver that looks as though it was taken out of the safe every once in a while and handled, but never shot – there are neither powder marks nor brass case marks on the cylinder or recoil shield. This gun is perfect for someone who collects S&W revolvers – a first year of production revolver in near mint condition with its factory box and accessories. if the collectors don’t pay enough attention, then someone is going to get a chance at a great looking L framed S&W revolver chambered in .357 Magnum that will be great for home protection or carry. 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 but CAN 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.