Make: Smith & Wesson
Model: Model 940 9mm Centennial Stainless Revolver
Serial Number: BKN0168
Year of Manufacture: 1991-1998
Caliber: 9mm Parabellum
Action Type: Double Action Only 5 Shot Revolver with Swing-Out Cylinder Cut for Moon Clips
Markings: The flat under the yoke is marked “MOD 940” and the yoke flat is etched with “257” and marked with “E”. The bottom of the grip is marked BKN0168”. The left side of the barrel is marked “SMITH & WESSON”. The right side of the barrel is marked “9 MM / PARABELLUM”. The left side of the frame is marked with the S&W logo and the right side of the frame is marked with the 4 line Marcus Registradas address.
Barrel Length: The barrel is 3” in length and has a thin solid rib along the top of the barrel.
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a serrated ramp fixed to the front of the barrel. The rear sight is a square groove in the top strap.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips on the round butt frame are checkered walnut with nickel S&W medallions at the top of each grip. The grips are finished with a light colored lacquer finish. There are two light marks at the top of the left grip and a small ding at its bottom rear edge. There are two small dings in the bottom front of the right grip and a small ding in its bottom surface. The checkering is sharp to the touch and without mars. The grips are in about Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: The revolver is polished stainless steel. The top of the barrel’s rib and the top strap have a matte finish to reduce glare.
Finish Originality: The finish is 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 99% of its metal finish. There are a very few light marks at the front of the barrel, a light mark on the left side of the frame in front of the cylinder, a few light marks in the top strap and a few more in the sideplate. There are light scratches from polishing in the cylinder and barrel and the cylinder has an extremely light drag line. The ejector rod and cylinder latch knurling are sharp and the sideplate does not show signs of having been removed and replaced. The screw heads are sharp and the markings are clear. Overall, this handgun rates in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The cylinder lock-up shows a tiny amount of play on all 5 chambers. The DA trigger is smooth. We did not fire this handgun.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This pistol comes in a blue factory cardboard box, two blued 5 round moon clips, cleaning accessories and paperwork. The box is blue with white lettering. One of the end flaps has a factory label listing the correct make, model, caliber, serial number and barrel length of this pistol. The box has a separate white cardboard liner folded to fit this pistol. The outside of the box shows thinning on its top and bottom surfaces and light fraying at its corners. The inside of the box is compressed slightly in the area of the cylinder with deeper compression marks at the butt. The box is in about Fine condition. The moon clips are marked “J9” and show no wear. They are in Excellent condition. The cleaning accessories consist of a threaded aluminum cleaning rod with brass brush and cotton swab, all still sealed in their original plastic sack. The paperwork consists of a Safety and Instruction Manual, an unused Purchaser Information Questionnaire, an S&W Warranty Statement and a pamphlet on S&W Apparel and Firearms Accessories. All are in Excellent condition.
Our Assessment: This is a Smith and Wesson Model 940 Centennial Stainless double action only revolver. It is chambered for 9mm Parabellum, has a 3” barrel and a five round cylinder, and the cylinder is relieved for full moon clips, two of which are provided with this revolver. The pistol is in about Excellent condition with about 99% of its original finish remaining. It has a very light drag line in the cylinder and a few light marks scattered around the barrel, the left side of the frame, the top strap and the sideplate. The grips are checkered walnut that show a few tiny dings. The checkering is sharp with no mars. The bore is bright with sharp rifling. The revolver comes in its original factory box with factory cleaning equipment and paperwork. This is a great looking revolver that looks as though it was shot only a few times and then locked back up for the next twenty years, taken out of the safe only to be cleaned and oiled. This gun is perfect for someone who collects S&W revolvers – a nice looking revolver that was only made for about 7 years with its factory box and accessories. if the collectors don’t pay enough attention, then someone is going to get a chance at a great looking J framed S&W double action only revolver chambered in 9mm Parabellum that will be great for concealed carry and can also be used for home protection. This revolver has a cylinder relieved (by the factory) for the use of full moon clips, which will make quick tactical reloads possible. With its perfect bore and tight cylinder lockup, this revolver should last for a lifetime of shooting enjoyment.