A 5" nickel plated model 27 with the smooth "combat" trigger and honey-colored presentation stocks. Department marked, this revolver was issued to a police officer in the mid 1970s. The factory confirms it was shipped directly to the law enforcement agency.
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September 23, 2005, 11:19 PM
I personally wouldn't feel undergunned one bit. But then again I am not a spray and pray kind of guy and even though I watched Miami Vice and every other 80s movie I realize that that there gun is plenty of firepower for most every situation.
Classy, powerful, utilitarian and artwork all at once. Where do I sign.
Course I have girly hands so I might have to change the grips, but I digress.
September 23, 2005, 11:23 PM
Imagine? Shoot, I'd ask, even beg for it! Bribing whoever was in charge of issuing guns wouldn't be out of bounds either. Nice gun.
September 23, 2005, 11:26 PM
Very nice revolver! I wouldn't mind being "issued" that handgun. Attached is a picture of my uncle's Model 15 he was issued when he was a police officer in my towns local department back in the 60s. When he passed he gave it to me. It's my most prized handgun. :) The picture doesn't do it justice. I'd rate it at 99%. Doubt my uncle ever had to take it out of the holster except to qualify, if they even did that back in the day.
September 24, 2005, 12:02 AM
It may be a duty weapon, but it looks like a work of art to me. I would never carry a polished weapon like this under low light conditions, but is I were out in the daylight openly carrying, this type with these grips it would be my preference. Although I normally carry a Browning Hi-Power or a SIG-Pro I do have a S&W 13 with a set of walnut grips that are art. One of my Brownings has walnut grips, but most auto's seem more sterile with their synthetic grips. I knew an attorney (who whole heartedly supported the second ammendment). Who said nickel plating was flashy and showy. Primarily it's for corrosion protection, so what is it's artistic. It may outlast the human race.
September 24, 2005, 12:17 AM
As daft as it sounds, a shiny service piece can end a lot of situations, when a cop has to draw his firearm, faster than a blued service piece. They look bigger than they are. A polished muzzle on a blued firearm does the same thing. Makes it look bigger. Criminals are cowards and big shiny firearms scare them more than blued firearms. Just don't ask me where I saw this. It's been a while.
September 24, 2005, 12:18 AM
My first centerfire handgun was a S&W 28-2, the "utility" version of the 27. I would sell my eyeteeth for a 5" model 27 like that.
How would I feel if issued such a piece? Lets just say that I would trade pretty much any handgun I own right now for one in perfect shape. N frame .357's are das bomben.
September 24, 2005, 04:21 PM
I know a guy who showed up for a firearms familiarization class with a minty fresh Colt Diamondback. It was his dad's 'duty gun'.
I know another cop in Denver who proudly packed a 6 inch Python as his belt gun.
I can't imagine a department now issuing such works of art.
September 24, 2005, 04:55 PM
Say Thatguy, is the backstrap on that gun marked "Detroit Police"? I saw one alot like that for sale on Gunsamerica a while back marked that way but missed out on it :( for lack of funds at the time. Sweet piece, congrats on it.
September 24, 2005, 05:17 PM
This was my first issued dutygun, one of the speed loaders (of three), and the Bianchi holster... A S&W 4" 686. Still love it today - lots of history with that gun.
September 24, 2005, 05:43 PM
I would sell my eyeteeth for a 5" model 27 like that. How much would those eyeteeth make I wonder! :p
I am not a huge fan of nickel finish but that is a sweet piece, no mistake. I do lavish quite a bit of affection on my blued 5" M27-2 :)