SOLD FOR: $1981
Make: Freedom Arms
Model: 353 Premier Grade
Serial Number: H 0252
Year of Manufacture: Early 1990s
Caliber: .357 Magnum
Action Type: Single Action Revolver with Side Loading Gate Cylinder
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “FREEDOM ARMS MODEL 353 .357 MAG. / FREEDOM, WYOMING U.S.A.”. The left side of the frame is marked “PAT. NOI. 4126953”. The bottom of the frame is marked “H 0252”. The rear face of the cylinder is marked “H 0252”. The right side of the frame is marked “FREEDOM ARMS / PREMIER GRADE”.
Barrel Length: 6”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a serrated ramped blade and is set on a smooth ramped base fixed to the barrel. The front sight is secured with an allen head at the front of the base. The rear sight is a flat-topped square notch sight and is adjustable for windage and elevation and screwed to the top strap.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are smooth wood. There are some light handling marks. There are no chips or cracks. The grips rate in about Excellent 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 revolver retains about 98% of its metal finish. There are a few little marks scattered over the metal, some of the most noticeable are on the bottom of the barrel. There are some draglines from use and storage. There is some light thinning on the left side of the rear sight base. The cylinder shows a light dragline. There is operational wear on the hammer and trigger. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this revolver rates in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The cylinder lockup is solid. 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: Included is a serial matching blue box with paperwork including a test target and sales receipt but no manual. The box has some punctures on the exterior and there are some scuffs and light edge wear. The interior has a bit of discoloration. The box is in about Very Good-Fine condition.
Our Assessment: Freedom Arms makes what are probably the highest quality single action revolvers in the world, and this single action Model 353 Premier Grade revolver is no exception. The action and trigger pull are exceptional. The lockup is solid with hardly noticeable movement. The stainless finish with the unfluted cylinder is very appealing to the eye as well as functional in being nearly impervious to the elements. This example has a 6″ barrel, adjustable sights and is chambered for the popular .357 Magnum cartridge. Paired with Freedom Arms’ quality, this is a really nice package for the handgun hunter, outdoorsman, or Freedom Arms fan. Please see our photos and good luck!