SOLD FOR: $2414
Make: Smith & Wesson
Model: 657, The .41 Magnum Stainless
Serial Number: ANK1565
Year of Manufacture: 1987
Caliber: .41 Magnum
Action Type: 6-Shot, Single And Double Action Revolver with Swing-Out Fluted Cylinder
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “SMITH & WESSON”. The right side of the barrel is marked “41 MAGNUM”. The yoke cut is marked with the serial and model numbers. The right side of the frame is marked with the four line Marcas Registradas address, the sideplate has S&W’s monogram logo. The yoke and sides of the grip frame have inspection marks. The ejector rod recess is marked “S” and the rear face of the cylinder is marked “X”. The butt of the grip frame is marked with the serial number. The interior of the right grip panel is marked “SEPT 9 1986”.
Barrel Length: 3″
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a serrated ramped blade with an orange insert, it is set on a serrated ramped base that is integral to a serrated rib. The rear sight is a white-outlined square notched leaf in a S&W micrometer click base that is adjustable for windage and elevation.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece smooth Goncalo Alves combat stocks with a speed loader cutout on the left panel, finger grooves, and S&W medallions at the top of each panel. The right panel has some light rotational play. There are a few light handling marks. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are 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 handgun retains about 96% of its metal finish. There are some areas of discoloration on the grip frame under the grips. There are some draglines and scuffs. There are a couple little nicks, the most noticeable are on the trigger guard and cylinder. The trigger and hammer have light operational wear. The screw heads are sharp to lightly worn with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this handgun rates in about Fine-Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The double-action trigger is smooth and the single action is crisp. The cylinder lockup has very little play on all chambers. 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 box, manual, cleaning rod, brush, and mop.
Our Assessment: This is a S&W Model 657 .41 Magnum Stainless revolver. It has a 3” barrel, stainless finish, micrometer rear sight, red ramp front sight, and Goncalo Alves combat stocks. It is just like the earlier Model 57 except in stainless steel. The .41 Rem. Mag. was conceived by Elmer Keith and was originally intended for hunting and law enforcement use. He envisioned two different loads: a hot load for hunting and a milder police load. When used with heavy hunting loads, the .41 Magnum offers a flatter trajectory than the .44 Magnum, and can nearly equal its muzzle energy, especially in the new loadings available from Cor-Bon and Buffalo Bore. The .41 Magnum never caught on to the same extent as the smaller .357 or larger .44 Magnum, making these revolvers more scarce than the Models 627 and 629. This particular example is in Fine-Excellent condition retaining a great bore and strong mechanics. This is a beautiful revolver in high condition, this is a great find for the S&W collector or .41 Magnum fan. Please see our photos and good luck!