SOLD FOR: $1201
Make: Smith & Wesson
Model: 27-2, The .357 Magnum
Serial Number: N695311
Year of Manufacture: 1979-1980
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 “N695311”. 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 “N”. The interior of the right grip panel is marked with a date with an indistinguishable year.
Barrel Length: 8 3/8”, Pinned
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a patridge 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 speedloader cut. There are a couple of little areas of bubbled finish on the bottom face of the right panel at the rear. There are some little spots of finish loss and areas where the finish has lifted off the wood, most noticeable on the left panel at along the rear. The checkering is mostly sharp but there are a few marks on the left panel toward the top. There are no chips or cracks. 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 97% of its metal finish. There are some scattered swirl marks and draglines on the nickel. There are some scattered scuffs. There are a few areas where the finish is slightly cloudy. There are some scattered light handling marks. There is a turn line on the cylinder. The screw heads are lightly tool marked. The markings are clear. Overall, this revolver is in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The cylinder lockup produces light 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 plain gray Smith & Wesson box with metal reinforced corners and a serial matching label. The box contains paperwork including the manual.
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 8 3/8″ nickel revolver is in Excellent condition with little in the way of 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!