SOLD FOR: $1710
Make: Smith & Wesson
Model: 27-2, The .357 Magnum
Serial Number: N354599
Year of Manufacture: 1975-1976
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 “N354599”. 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 yoke cut is marked with the serial and model numbers. The rear face of the cylinder is marked “2”.
Barrel Length: 3 1/2”, Pinned
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a serrated ramped blade pinned on a ramped base set on the barrel rib. The rear sight is a square notched micrometer sight attached to the top strap. The rib, top strap, and rear sight base are checkered for glare reduction.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece checkered goncalo alves target stocks with medallions and a football cut. There are some little marks on the football cut. There is a light mark and finish loss on the bottom edge of the left panel at the rear. There are some scattered light marks. The checkering is sharp. There are no chips or cracks. The grips rate in about Fine Plus 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 some thinning on the edge of the muzzle and a few little spots of wear on the underlug. There are some light scuffs on the cylinder and a faint turn line. There is a little nick on the back of the frame above the grip frame. There are a few light marks on the trigger guard. The top of the rear sight insert has a scrape to the left of the notch. There are light handling marks. The cylinder has a faint turn line not through the finish. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this revolver is in about Fine Plus 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: Included is a box with no label, paperwork including a manual, and a cleaning kit.
Our Assessment: The .357 Magnum was the king of handgun cartridges for decades and Smith & Wesson made some of the best. This is a Smith & Wesson double-action revolver made in 1975-1976. When first introduced by Smith & Wesson in 1935 it was known as the Registered Magnum and in 1939 Smith & Wesson changed the name to “The .357 Magnum”, and later the Model 27. It was noted for its durability and reliability and has been a favorite of shooters since its inception. The 3 ½” barrel length version of this revolver was extremely popular with FBI agents from the 1940s to the 1960s. General George Patton carried an ivory handled Registered Magnum with a 3 ½” barrel (along with his ivory handled Colt Peacemaker) Patton called the Model 27 his “killing gun”. This 3 1/2″ revolver is in Fine Plus condition with some scattered light wear. This 27-2 revolver looks great and should be a hit with the collectors. If it gets past the collectors, some lucky shooter will get a chance at one of the strongest double-action .357 Magnum revolvers ever made, built on S&W’s N frame, also used for the .44 Magnum. Please see our photos and good luck!