SOLD FOR: $1615
Make: Smith & Wesson
Model: 27-2, The .357 Magnum
Serial Number: S267361
Year of Manufacture: 1966-1967
Caliber: .357 Magnum
Action Type: Single and Double Action Revolver with Swing-Out Cylinder
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “SMITH & WESSON”. The butt is marked with the serial number “S267361”. The sideplate is marked with the S&W logo. The right side of the frame is marked with the four-line Marcas Registradas address. The right side of the barrel is marked “S.&W. 357 MAGNUM”. The crane and sides of the grip frame have inspection marks. The crane cut is marked with the serial and model numbers. The front face of the cylinder is marked “267361”. The interior of the right grip panel is stamped “267361”. The interior of the left grip panel is hand marked “CHARLES / STALSBY / OAKDALE, LA” and “JAN 2021”.
Barrel Length: 3 1/2”, Pinned
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a serrated ramped blade with a red insert set on a ramped base pinned on the barrel rib. The rear sight is an S&W micrometer click square notch adjustable for windage and elevation. The barrel rib, ramp, rear sight tang, and the topstrap are finely checkered to reduce glare.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece checkered walnut magna stocks with smooth diamonds around the grip screw escutcheons. There is a hairline crack on the back of the right panel at the corner where the backstrap widens into the frame, hardly noticeable. There are some scattered compressions plus a few little dings into the finish, some of the most noticeable are on the back of the right panel towards the bottom. There are a few light small scratches on the bottom faces. The checkering is strong. There are no chips. There is a small gap between the grip frame and the left panel at the bottom front corner. The grips rate in about Fine condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
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. There is thinning on some of the edges, most noticeable on the muzzle and on the bottom of the frame at the front. There are a few tiny marks and light scuffs on the cylinder. There are a few scattered light marks from use and handling. There is standard operational wear and a turn line through the finish on the cylinder. The screw heads are lightly tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear except for the model number. Overall, this revolver is in about Fine-Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The cylinder lockup produces hardly any side-to-side play on each chamber with the trigger depressed. The double-action trigger is smooth, the single action 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: None.
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 ’60s with its finely checkered topstrap and rib, pinned barrel, and recessed chambers. They literally do not make them like this anymore. This revolver has a blued finish, 3 1/2″ barrel, and nice checkered walnut magna stocks. It is in about Fine-Excellent condition with about 97% of its original blue finish and a fantastic bore. The gun is in excellent mechanical shape, it has a nice lockup and nice trigger pulls, this will be a great addition to a Smith collection and certainly be a nice shooter for fun at the range. Please see our photos and good luck!