SOLD FOR: $1026
Make: Smith & Wesson
Model: 657-5, The .44 Magnum Stainless
Serial Number: CJE4686
Year of Manufacture: 2005
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 left has S&W’s monogram logo. The yoke and sides of the grip frame have inspection marks.
Barrel Length: 7 1/2″
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a serrated ramped blade, pinned to a serrated ramped base that is integral to a serrated rib. The front sight has been painted red. The rear sight is a square notched Millet sight with a white outline, it is adjustable for windage and elevation. The topstrap is drilled and tapped under the rear sight.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The installed grip is a checkered black rubber Pachmayr Gripper grip with finger grooves. There are some scattered light handling marks. The checkering is strong. There are no rips or tears. Overall, the grips are in Fine condition.
Type of Finish: Stainless Steel
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the Electro Chemically Machined rifling is strong. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 95% of its metal finish. There is faint flame cutting on the topstrap at the forcing cone. There are some scattered scuffs and draglines, some of the marks have caused smooth spots. There is a turn line on the cylinder towards the front. There are a few little nicks into the metal on the cylinder towards the front. There are a few scuffs and minor hairline scratches. There is a turn line on the cylinder. The screw heads are sharp to lightly worn. The markings are clear. Overall, this handgun rates in about Fine 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: None.
Our Assessment: This is a S&W Model 657-5 .41 Magnum Stainless revolver. It has a 7 1/2” barrel, a tough stainless finish, adjustable target sights, target hammer, smooth combat trigger and Pachmayr grips. 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 one is a particularly hot piece with a full underlug and unfluted cylinder. This particular example is in Fine condition retaining a great bore and trigger. This is a great find for the S&W collector or .41 Magnum fan. Please see our photos and good luck!