Sold For: $3,605.00
Make: Freedom Arms
Model: 1997 (97) Premier Grade
Serial Number: N0874
Year of Manufacture: Modern; This model began production in 1997.
Caliber: .38 Special, .357 Magnum & 9mm Parabellum
Action Type: 6-Shot, Single Action, Side Gate Loaded Convertible Fluted Cylinder Revolver
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “FREEDOM ARMS MODEL 97 .357 MAG / FREEDOM, WYOMING U.S.A.”. The left side of the frame is marked with the serial number, found again on the rear of both cylinder and end label of the included factory box, the underside of the frame is marked “PATENTED”, the right is marked “FREEDOM ARMS / PREMIER GRADE”.
Barrel Length: 5 1/2″
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a black serrated ramp blade that is slotted and set fore to aft onto a ramp base, which is fixed to the barrel. The rear sight is a flat top, square notched base that is adjustable for windage and elevation as an extra factory option.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are beautiful impregnated rosewood panels with sharp fit to the grip frame; there are no marks to speak of, these grips have been well taken care of. The grips are in Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: Bright Brushed Stainless Steel
Finish Originality: All Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp and deep. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 99% of its metal finish. The only marks to speak of are light scuffs on the underside of the barrel which has only polished the surfaces, from removal of the cylinder pin. This revolver looks to have seen minimal use, if any, outside of the factory with proper care in the interim. The cylinders are free of visible drag lines, indicating storage for most of the revolver’s life, please see our pictures of this beautiful revolver. Overall, this handgun rates in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The cylinder lock-up is Perfect, with no play whatsoever. As indicated on the factory box, the revolver has a factory action job, over travel screw on the trigger and fluted cylinders. The revolver has a transfer bar safety. 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 the revolver’s original serialized factory box and 25 yard test target, showing a spectacular grouping! The box has some light marks from storage, the test target and other included grouping of factory paperwork are in Excellent condition. Also included is one 9mm Parabellum and one .357 Magnum cylinder (which can also shoot .38 Special), both are free of visible drag lines or any notable marks, in Excellent condition. A suede cylinder pouch is included, also in Excellent condition.
Our Assessment: This is a Great looking extremely well-made revolver made right here in the U.S.A. in Freedom, Wyoming, by a group that by and far always exceeds expectations with their fit and finish, selection of materials and SOLID actions. This revolver looks to have seen minimal use, if any outside of the factory and has some neat extra features such as fluted cylinders on both its .357 Magnum and 9mm Parabellum cylinders, factory action job, adjustable rear sight and over travel stop screw on the trigger. We’ve never seen a broken Freedom Arms come through the shop; the test target says all about how great this one should perform; the bright brushed stainless finish instantly attracts the eye and is topped off with damage free impregnated wood grip panels. Few words can describe the beauty of this item and if one were bold enough to take this pretty much new revolver outside, it should prove to be ultra reliable and able to tackle almost any job with its chambering, please see our pictures and good luck.