SOLD FOR: $1,855
Make: Smith & Wesson
Model: Model 27-2,the .357 Magnum
Serial Number: N461654
Year of Manufacture: 1977-1978 (3rd Edition of “The Standard Catalog of Smith and Wesson” pg. 398, by Supica and Nahas)
Caliber: .38 Special and .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 yoke cut is marked “N461654 / MOD. 27-2” while the yoke is marked “XX955”, “F2” and “25”. The rear face of the cylinder is marked “2”. The left side of the grip frame is marked “F25”, “F16”, “F10” and XX955”. The butt is marked “N461654”. The right side of the grip frame is marked with a Circle “V”, a Triangle “T” and “5459”. The sideplate is marked with a Smith & Wesson trade mark. 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”.
Barrel Length: 5” Pinned Barrel with Full Length Top Rib and Ejector Rod Shroud
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a blue serrated ramped blade on a base integral to the top rib. The rear sight is an S&W Micrometer Click square notched leaf screwed to the frame adjustable for windage and elevation.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The two piece S&W checkered Goncalo alves target stocks sport a Smith & Wesson medallion on each panel. A couple spots of finish loss appear on the butts and a couple small chips in the wood are evident on the rear border of the left panel. The grips rate in about Fine to Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: All 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. Finish thinning is visible at the muzzle and scattered light handling marks are visible throughout. A cluster of small marks is visible on the right side of the barrel at the muzzle, the trigger guard and underside of the frame. Freckling is apparent on the rear of the frame behind the hammer and shallow drag lines are present on the cylinder. The screw heads are mildly distressed. The markings are clear. Overall, this handgun rates in about Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly and the cylinder lockup is very tight. The pistol features a .500” serrated case colored target trigger and a .500” checkered case colored target hammer. The cylinder is rebated. We did not fire this handgun.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: The pistol is housed in a walnut case with brass fittings. The exterior exhibits scattered shallow marks and is in Excellent condition. The case is filled with blue velveteen coated plastic insets. The bottom inset has form fit compartments for the pistol, a screwdriver, a bore mop and a cleaning rod with brush. Compression marks from contact with the pistol are visible in the lid inset and strong marks and oil stains are present in the floor inset. A puncture from the hammer spur is visible in the floor inset.
Our Assessment: The Smith & Wesson Model 27 is the original .357 Magnum revolver. It was built on S&W’s large N frame and was first produced in 1935 as the ‘Registered Magnum’. Even though it was introduced in the middle of the Great Depression and was extremely expensive, S&W found itself backlogged with orders for the four years that it produced the gun. The Kansas City Police Department issued the guns to its officers, and it was carried by many other law enforcement officers across the United States. In 1939, S&W changed the name to ‘The .357 Magnum’. This revolver is in Fine condition, retaining about 95% of its metal finish and featuring a pinned barrel, a target hammer and a wide target trigger. This is a great looking revolver which has been used but cared for well. With its solid action, this revolver is great for target shooting and can also be used for home protection. The beefy N frame and rebated cylinder are strong enough for hottest .357 loads. With nice wooden display case and accessories, this is a greatfind for shooters or S&W collectors.