Smith & Wesson Performance Center 657-3 Hunter RSR 41 Mag 6″ Revolver
Sold for $2125.00
Make: Smith & Wesson Performance Center
Model: 657-3, The .41 Magnum Hunter. RSR Exclusive
Serial Number: RSR5434
Year of Manufacture: 1995, 1997, or 1999
Caliber: .41 Magnum
Action Type: 6-Shot, Single and Double Action Revolver with Swing-Out Unfluted Cylinder
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “SMITH & WESSON”. The right side of the barrel is marked “.41 MAGNUM HUNTER”. The yoke cut is marked with the model number. The right side of the frame is marked with the four-line Marcas Registradas address, the sideplate has the S&W Performance Center monogram logo. The yoke and sides of the grip frame have inspection marks. The butt of the grip frame is marked with the serial number. The underside of the topstrap is marked with the serial number.
Barrel Length: 6? Slabside with Factory Mag-Na-Porting
Sights / Optics: The front sight is an orange ramped Millet blade dovetailed into the barrel. There is a white outlined square notch S&W micrometer click adjustable rear sight installed on the topstrap, it is adjustable for windage and elevation. The topstrap under the rear sight is drilled and tapped for mounting optics (none included). The top of the barrel has an integral rail.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grip is a black rubber Hogue monogrip with finger grooves, molded S&W monogram logos, and their pebble texture. There are light handling marks, no major defects. The texturing is strong. 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 strong. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 96% of its metal finish. There are some scattered scuffs and rubs, some have caused smooth spots, the most noticeable are on the cylinder. There are some scattered light handling marks. There are a few scattered draglines. The cylinder has a turn line. The screw heads are sharp to lightly worn with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this handgun rates in about Fine Plus 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 .41 Magnum Stainless revolver. It has a 6” barrel, stainless finish, target rear sight, Millet ramp front sight, and a Hogue Monogrip grip. It is just like their 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 Plus condition retaining a great bore and strong mechanics. This one is the Hunter model from the Performance Center as an exclusive for RSR, it has an unfluted cylinder and 6″ slabside barrel with an integral rail, factory Mag-Na-Porting, and factory Millet front sight. This is a badass looking revolver just waiting to be shot, this is a great find for the S&W collector or .41 Magnum fan. Please see our photos and good luck!