Sold For: $1,055.00
Make: Smith & Wesson
Model: 27-2 ‘The .357 Magnum’ Square Butt N-Frame
Serial Number: N638639
Year of Manufacture: 1979 (Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson by Jim Supica & Richard Nahas, Page 398)
Caliber: .357 Magnum or .38 Special
Action Type: 6-Shot, Double Action / Single Action (DA / SA), Fluted Swing-Out Cylinder Revolver with Pinned Barrel
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “SMITH & WESSON”, the right side is marked “S.&W. 357 MAGNUM”. The right side plate is marked with S&W’s trade mark logo, the right side of the frame is marked with the four line Marcas Registradas. The left side of the grip frame is marked “F21 / X1X69 / F15 / N 59″, the butt is marked with the serial number, the right side of the grip frame is marked “5459”, “H” in triangle and “F” in circle. The yoke is marked “X1X69 / F22”, the yoke cut is marked with the serial and model number.
Barrel Length: 6″, Pinned, with shrouded ejector rod and solid, checkered rib.
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a satin nickel plated Patridge blade, which is pinned into a rise in the barrel’s wide rib; the top of the rib is finely checkered, matching the checkering on the top of the frame and rear sight base. The rear sight is a flat top, square notched leaf in a base that is micrometer-click adjustable for windage and elevation.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are a two piece oversized checkered walnut stock set with nickel plated S&W logo medallions. The butt of both have scrapes of shallow influence, the right lower smooth border also has a few light marks. The grips fit one another well without any cracks or major damages. The grips rate in about Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: Nickel with Wide Case Colored Checkered Hammer & Serrated Target Trigger
Finish Originality: Factory 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 90+% of its metal finish. The cylinder has a shallow drag line that did not piece the finish, the right of the barrel and frame have a few dark freckles. The surfaces have a slight tinge of milkiness in their sheen, swirled scuffs are seen from storage and infrequent handling, the revolver does not look to have seen much use. The cylinder has a few small scabs of light erosion at the leading edges. The screw heads have light buggering but are highly serviceable. The markings are crisp. Overall, this handgun rates in about Fine Plus condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The cylinder produces solid full lockup in all 6 chambers with only a faint amount of side to side play and no measurable back play. The double action pull is smooth, single action is crisp. The revolver has a pinned barrel. 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 wood display case with a plastic formed navy blue felt liner, which has compression marks and a few small losses; the exterior of the case has minor scuffing, rating in Fine condition. A factory cleaning rod, brush, mop, screw driver, owner’s manual and grouping of paperwork, all in Fine to Excellent condition.
Our Assessment: This is one beautiful 1979 nickel finished N frame! With the display case it looks even more esteemed. With some elbow grease, you could have this pistol looking near new, but if you plan on taking it out shooting, we think the groupings would be impressive enough to win a friendly target competition. From Wikipedia “Revolvers in .357 Magnum caliber have the significant advantage of also being able to fire .38 Special ammunition, with its lower cost, recoil, noise, and muzzle flash. This trait makes .357 revolvers ideal for novice shooters who are not yet used to firing full-strength .357 loads but do not want the expense of buying a second lower-powered gun to train with.” Well said! We think this one is going to get bought up by a collector to continue its ‘Safe Queen’ status.