SOLD FOR: $1025
Make: Smith & Wesson
Model: 27-2, The .357 Magnum
Serial Number: N407156
Year of Manufacture: 1977-1978
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 “N407156”. 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 “N407156 / MOD. 27-2”. The rear of the cylinder is marked “N”. The inside of the right grip panel is marked “28” and the left is marked “NT-WAL / LH 5826” and “582”.
Barrel Length: 6”, Pinned
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a Patridge blade pinned on a ramped base set on the barrel rib. The front sight blade has been painted orange. 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 target stocks with a football cut. There is some wear on the bottom edges, most noticeable on the left panel. There are a few small scratches and nicks, the most noticeable are on the left panel along the front. There are a few scuffs that have removed finish, the most noticeable are on the left panel along the back and around the football cut. The right panel has some light rotational movement. There are no chips or cracks. The checkering is strong with a few light marks. The grips rate in about Fine 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 95% of its metal finish. Some of the finish has gone slightly cloudy, this is most noticeable when the grips are taken off. There are some oil stains on the frame and sideplate under the grips. There are some draglines and little scuffs. There are some spots of discoloration on the cylinder. The cylinder also has a turn line. There are some light handling marks. There is some light handling wear. The cylinder has a light turn line not through the finish. The screw heads are lightly worn. The markings are clear. Overall, this revolver is in about Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The cylinder lockup produces hardly any 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 ’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 a nickel finish, 6″ barrel, and nice checkered wlanut target stocks. It is in about Fine condition with about 95% of its original nickel 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!