Interested in Smith & Wesson Model 28 or The Like


June 5, 2006, 12:37 AM
I'm looking for a Smith & Wesson Model 28 or the modern version of it. I really don't know anything about these guns or what to look for. I want either a 4" or 6" barrel, likely the 6".

All of S&W's new revolvers of the .38-.357 variety seem to be stainless. What happened to that dark bluing with wooden grips?

I'd like to go as new as possible really but would prefer to have it without the lock.

Thank you for the info!

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June 5, 2006, 01:04 AM
The last year of production for the S&W Model 28, was approximately 1984. The last year for the cylinder being recessed and the barrel being pinned, was 1982. For collecting, I'd prefer to have the recessed cylinder and the pinned barrel. But, for shooting, I'd prefer the non-recessed cylinder(Because it is easier to clean!)and, the pinned barrel isn't meaningful to have just for a revolver for shooting!

June 5, 2006, 03:31 AM
As far as I can tell all they make now is a 7 or 8 shot .357 on the N frame...its a real shame too.

June 5, 2006, 10:05 AM
You need to hit gunshows. I've got two Model 27s, a 3 1/2" and a 6 1/2". I got them both at Ohio Gun Collector's Association shows. When I was looking for the 6 1/2" gun, all I saw at first were Model 28s and 38/44s Heavy Duties.

You shouldn't have much trouble finding a used Model 28 at a gunshow if you're reasonably alert.

June 5, 2006, 10:33 AM
I've own three early Model 27's over the years and find them (and the Model 28) much smoother than the stainless steel guns that came out later.

Deaminator's right. Check out gun shows or the gun auction sites for used blued N-frame revolvers. Prices are reasonable for the out-of-fashion six shot revolvers.

June 5, 2006, 10:50 AM
I bought a four-inch M28 from KY Imports some years ago.
My local dealer brought it to MI for me.
It's one of the most accurate .357 Magnum revolvers I've fired.
It's been hard to find a bad load for it.
I have a El Paso Saddlery "Street Combat" and a Ed Blocker thumbreak holster that fit the M28.

My gun was a former Pueblo Colorado Police Department gun.
It has blue wear, but a shiny bore. I'm more interested in the bore condition than the shape the blue is in anyway.

I've run across a few in little gun stores here and there, but if I had to have one right now I'd look on Gunsamerica.

You won't find a new one, but I don't think you'll be disappointed with one that was "pre-owned."

June 6, 2006, 02:36 AM
You mean like this?????????????????

Gun show special 4" 28-2

Crappy picture, GREAT GUN!

Tom C.
June 6, 2006, 09:44 AM
The first handgun I bought was a used 6" Model 27-2 in 1974. I still have it and it still shoots great. I have since added a few more. The Model 28 is the same gun without the deluxe finish. They made more Model 27s than Model 28s, so the price of the Model 28s is going up relative to the 27s. Good luck in finding yours.

June 7, 2006, 02:06 AM
The guns shop I financially support had 2 M-28s, 4" bbls, last week. Sunday they were down to one and it had $350 ~ $360 on it. It looked really nice. You can also still find grips at Hogue or Ajax or Eagle....maybe even more places. Blued with Walnut, Goncalo, Rosewood, whatever isn't dead. They are out there waiting for you to buy one. Good hunting. You can't do much better than an M-27 or an M-28.

June 7, 2006, 09:17 AM
You can also still find grips at Hogue or Ajax or Eagle....maybe even more places.
There are LOTS of places to get N frame grips. CDNN used to always have a big stock of Siles.

A good place is gunshows. Here in the Cleveland area, there are always tables with boxes full of used or remaindered grips, of all kinds. You just either need a good eye to tell which is which, or better, just bring the gun and try them.

Cocked & Locked
June 7, 2006, 10:09 AM
I have a 4" model's one of my favorite "walk in the woods" guns.

June 7, 2006, 05:11 PM
I think that you will have to buy used to find the blued and walnut stocked revolver you desire. The good thing is you will get a better gun for less money that way.

It is still possible to find Model 28s at very affordble prices on the used market. The Model 27 draws all the attention, and the Highway Patrolman is like a red headed stepchild. It is no less a fine revolver though. Model 27s seem to be going for $400+ now. Model 28's seem to be selling for $200-300. I found this one ( a pawn shop for $239.

Gas Operated
June 7, 2006, 05:21 PM
I just picked up an 8" Model 27 for $350, a 1960 or 61 gun according to SCSW.

June 8, 2006, 01:17 AM
I stipulate that you won't be getting the same revolver you'd have gotten 20 years back, but Smith is selling some nice new/old models in blue steel and with wooden grips. The Thunder Ranch .44 isn't my pick because of the gold plastered on the side, but the blued .45ACP I saw Sunday looks good. The nickel .44 Spl I bought Sunday is very nice. The wooden grips are laminated and the firing pin's in the wrong place, but it is close.

June 8, 2006, 08:29 AM

June 8, 2006, 09:16 AM
I actually carry a 4" model 28-2 ('71-'72 vinatge) as my CCW piece.

Not exactly the lightest gun around, but the controllability (spelling?), durability, and the .357 round is just too good a combination to pass up.

A little better dressed is the model 27, cosmetics only.

I have been shooting the M28 for over 30 years now and the only problem I have ever had was the ejector rod coming loose and not allowing the cylinder to swing out. Easy fix.

The S&W N Frame .357s are built to last.
I need to clean mine up a bit and take a better picture.

Essex County
June 8, 2006, 02:53 PM
I had a 28, 4" about 30 years ago. No one could ask for a finer revolver. I traded mine only because it got heavy on the hip......Essex

Gas Operated
June 8, 2006, 08:11 PM
My 27:

June 18, 2006, 11:17 PM
@ Cocked&Locked: that's absolutely gorgeous! I like T-grips, and I like stag, and here comes you with both! Is there anybody that carries Elk or similar grips for less than the $145 that Eagle charges for N-frames?

It's all the fault of y'all on this forum: I had to go pick up a 28. I'd reached that certain magical point in a young man's life where he experiences a strange new longing for a S&W N-frame. I didn't get an amazing deal like everyone else here does, but I feel okay with the $350 that I paid. Considering that, if S&W still made them, they'd MSRP at $800 and have a frame-mounted pin, MIM parts and a lock, I'd say that I did okay.

Have not gotten out to the range with it yet, but this is an extremely cool revolver. It's huge, but still feels balanced. The only purchase that I've been this stoked about before was my Argentine Sistema 1911, which is still the highlight of my collection (and wears bone grips from Spresser Knifeworks).

I'm blaming all of you for my flagrant expenditure of folding money. Take care,


Jim March
June 18, 2006, 11:54 PM
I think if I needed a DA six-shooter 357, I'd do a GP100. At least as tough in terms of "not blowing up with an overcharge" tough, toughER in terms of the lockwork...27s/28s have trouble eventually if you rapid-fire light loads, the ratchet/star/pawl area gets beat to death. That's why the K-Frame 357s/38s with a ton of extra weight added were used in PPC over the 27/28 family.

A GP100 trigger can smooth up to an absolute thing of beauty, able to match (in my opinion) the best classic S&Ws. I've handled range-rental GP100s that have had the snot shot out of 'em and not only are they still tight, both the DA ad SA trigger were just out of this world.

One other interesting detail. For some reason Ruger GP100 barrels shoot "faster" than an equivelent length classic S&W 27/28. By about 100fps. The newest S&Ws seem to match the Rugers or come close.

June 19, 2006, 01:47 AM
I am sure the model 28 would have problems if it gets enough rounds down the tube. In 1977 a friend and I...[he was killed on the job on 4-14-1978] got into target shooting and fired in the Georgia Governor's Twenty series. I tried a snazzy Model 19 and began to have trouble with burned powder getting under the "star" and freezing up the cylinder after reloads... A good friend and a Master class gunsmith, Travis Strahan, suggested I try the Model 28. I did...and I fell head over heels for the big N frames. I don't mean to suggest I'm a master class shot. Far from it. But what I did never came close to challenging the abilities of the M-28 on the range. Mr. Strahan stoned the action on the M-28 and did nothing else to make it magnificent on the line. For many years around that time I carried a M-28 on the both 4" and 6" barrels. I have never had a more accurate and reliable handgun.:eek:

June 19, 2006, 03:17 AM
Owned two at different times early in my LEO career, carrying them as a uniform duty piece and for a little while as a plainclothes piece. Great guns, but big. Sold both for some now unknown, flimsy reason and recently picked up another "just because" they are great guns.

Truth be told, though, the GP-100 is probably a better gun. I have a 4" with a great DA; it fits me better than the M28, feels better in recoil, and if anyone has worn one out I'm not aware of it.

Bullet Bob
June 19, 2006, 08:07 AM
Mr. March is an esteemed member of this forum, and much more knowledgeable about firearms than myself.

That being said, his affection for the cast wonders (Rugers) is politely overlooked by those of us who bleed S&W blue. I keep reading about these fine triggers on the "R" guns, but I've never felt one on the ones I've owned it fits of temporary insanity. I once owned a 10/22 (one of three I've owned - slow learner!) that took two men and a small boy to let off. I have felt some okay ones that have been gunsmithed. Almost any N frame Smith will have a single action trigger pull that will have you throwing your autoloaders in the nearest lake.

Buy the original, and still the best. If you buy one in good condition, and manage to wear it out shooting it, I'll pay for the repairs.

In the interest of full disclose, I will say that I own two Rugers; a New Model Bearcat (with of course a gunsmithed trigger), and a Mini-14 Ranch Rifle that I really like. Since my wife sometimes looks over my shoulder, we just won't mention anything about how many S&W's I do or do not own.

June 19, 2006, 08:12 AM
Here is one from c. 1970 I picked up recently. About 98% condition.

June 23, 2007, 07:54 PM
The Smith & Wesson model 28 Highway Patrolman has to be one of the best revolvers made, I have had mine for nearly 20 years and I love it. I have one with a 6” barrel, I put pachmayer grips on it and it fits my hand "just right". I am considering buying a .500 Smith & Wesson Magnum. My model 28 will feel like a cap gun compared to the .500.

June 23, 2007, 09:21 PM
You won't regret buying a Smith 28. Mine is solid, fits my hand like a glove, has a great trigger pull, and is more accurate than I am. Considering that I snagged one with an S-prefix and box/papers, I think the $450 it set me back was well worth it.

Model 28's seem to be selling for $200-300.

Depends on where you are buying. I've never seen one for sale in my area and they regularly sell for $500 on gunbroker.

June 24, 2007, 08:44 AM
I told myself when I opened this thread that I wouldn't post yet another pics of my 28s. What a lie.

These are my two, and I'm constantly on the lookout for more. My current passion is to find a true "beater" 28 that I can purchase on the cheap and have it hardchromed. My own version of a 628, if you will. I doubt I will love any other revolver like I do these 28s. After all, they ARE named after my chosen profession. ;)

June 24, 2007, 03:03 PM

June 25, 2007, 07:50 AM
I bought a 28 with a 5" barrel, it had a smooth trigger, and had an action job on it. I taught my mother to shoot with it. I really regretted selling it, but I got an offer I would have been dumb to refuse. Now I'm looking for another one, but didn't have the cash to buy the last one I saw for a decent price. If S&W had any sense, they should start making a 628, if they don't want to make a blue one.

Cato the Younger
June 25, 2007, 10:31 AM
It is really an awesome gun- it has also served as the platform for me to learn handloading on, so I really cannot complain about anything! For the $315 I paid for it, I feel like I got a really good deal. It also started my addiction to older smiths- it feels funny to have guns older than I am!

June 26, 2007, 07:27 AM
look for a 27 better finish and will go up in price accordingly. if price is a factor then the 28

December 18, 2007, 05:30 PM
The 28 is a great revolver. I own two. A 4" and a 6". I don't shoot them as much as I would like because they are getting on in years and they haven't made new ones for over twenty years. I worry about the spare parts situation.

Nevertheless I like the N-frame .357 magnum. I do most of my heavy shooting with my 686 though. An equally excellent revolver.

December 18, 2007, 06:44 PM
Holy thread resurrection, Batman!

Oh well, I'm a sucker for a Model 28 thread.

December 18, 2007, 07:22 PM
Nice guns

December 18, 2007, 08:00 PM
Nice box also.........Creeker

December 18, 2007, 11:08 PM
The 28 prices are going up so get a nice one quickly....

Last year I picked one up at an estate sale, NIB with $76.00 sales receipt still with it.....for the factory NIB....I paid a little more than $77.00.

January 11, 2008, 03:16 PM
Hi guys, first post having just joined after finding this post.

I just picked up a 6" M28 today but have always been a S&W fan having owned a 4" Model 19 and 15. This one has a target trigger, what seems to be an aftermarket rear sight and possibly a replacement barrel but I'm not sure on that one.
Here are some pics of it. Would appreciate your opinions. ( ( ( ( (

January 11, 2008, 03:33 PM
Here's my original 6" M 28

January 11, 2008, 06:19 PM
Rear sight looks to be aftermarket but the barrel is Smith.

January 11, 2008, 06:45 PM
I have a 4" model 28. It was my dads gun. I got it when he died 5 years ago. I don't think he shot more than 18 shots out of it. If he shot it at all.

I can't comment on the accuracy myself since i haven't shot it. Its a nice gun though. Real smooth with a trigger to die for. Maybe someday i'll shoot it. Maybe.

The forcing cone on the smith is far thicker than a gp100. I believe you could shoot hardend drill rod though the barrel and and not crack the forcing cone.

January 11, 2008, 07:15 PM
I can't comment on the accuracy myself since i haven't shot it.

Well, that's like, blasphemy, or something. You need to get yourself to the range asap with some 38 special ammo in that hoss of a gun. (Recoil will be about like a 22.)

I don't shoot full charge magnum loads in my guns, anymore. Hard on the gun and the shooter.

January 12, 2008, 12:13 AM
I don't shoot full charge magnum loads in my guns, anymore. Hard on the gun and the shooter.

I'm with you, HARMONIC. While I don't worry too much about .357s hurting my "L" and "N" frame Smiths, I'm just too dang old to shoot magnum loads anymore. I keep a few hundred rounds on hand, and I occasionally fire off a few just to remind myself why I don't shoot them anymore, but my "steady diet" is now .38 Special. When the "boys" (early thirties) come by, I break out the heavy loads and the "N" frames - they like the .357 recoil snap and noise - but this old dude just watches and smiles.

I'm thinking I need another Model 28 with a six inch barrel to compliment the four-incher I have now...............

January 12, 2008, 12:30 AM
I've only had one 28, but they are fine guns.

I gotta get some magnas for it though :)

January 12, 2008, 06:59 PM
I've had mine since 1975 - college graduation present from my dad. It's my woods gun and is my number one home gun.

You won't find many negative comments on the M28. Enjoy it! :D

January 12, 2008, 10:24 PM

Looks good. Not uncommon to find 28's with aftermarket parts. Part of the appeal was you could buy the 28 for a reasonable price and then "customize" it without going broke.

I own an old M&P which was remodeled by a previous owner. Different hammer and trigger as well. Lowers the speciman's "collectible" status, but who cares? Gives it character.

January 13, 2008, 10:27 AM
I had two 28s years ago. One 4" and one 6". I have been looking for another and will get another if I find one at a decent price.

One question. What was the last dash number (28-?) when the gun was discontinued around 1984? I would like to find the one of the latest manufactured. Thanks

January 13, 2008, 03:46 PM
What was the last dash number (28-?) when the gun was discontinued around 1984? I would like to find the one of the latest manufactured. Thanks

According to Jim Supica and Richard Nahas Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson 3rd Edition.

The last model was the 28-3. It was introduced in 1982 when the cylinder counterbore and the pinned barrel features were eliminated. In addition the cylinder length was decreased from 1.62" to 1.57". The longer length was no longer necessary due to the elimination of the counterbore.

The model 28 was discontinued in 1986 according to Supica and Nahas. I understand that one poster has written it was discontinued in 1984. It isn't unusual for a gun company to stop making a certain model, but list it in the catalog until all exsisting stocks have been liquidated. Ruger did the same thing with the Speed Six/Security Six line.

As far as cost. Well you're talking about the second hand market. It depends on where you live to a large extenet. For example I've been told that in the Northeastern U.S. prices are low and inventories are plentiful because there aren't as many gunowners and demand isn't as high.

But in the Southwestern U.S. / Texas prices are higher and inventories are more sparse. I'd have to say that is the situation here in Idaho as well. Lots of shooters and higher demand. Well anyway I've gotten this from the Internet so who knows?

However Highway Patrolman seem to run somewhere between $350 - $500 dollars. Where I live they're drying up. Just a three to four years ago they were more plentiful and most were for sale for about $350. Now I see them priced between $400 - $450.

Hope this helped.

January 13, 2008, 04:08 PM
Thanks Checkman, you answered my questions.

January 13, 2008, 04:12 PM
Not a problem. I'm very fond of the Model 28, which is why I brought the thread back after a year of being dead. The thread that is, not me.

January 31, 2008, 10:28 PM
Love the 28-2 it is the only .357 and only revolver I own would love to know more of the history of this gun is stamped NYSP which i assume means New York State Police does any one know when the New York Police stopped using these guns.

January 31, 2008, 10:39 PM
another 6"

May 3, 2008, 11:42 PM
I got my eye on one if it comes up in the pawn shop I will be happy. It does have the pinned barrel.

September 26, 2008, 08:57 PM
here is mine

September 27, 2008, 02:16 AM
Always bring back M28 threads

Ain't that the truth!

Big B
September 27, 2008, 12:47 PM
Love my 28-2. Out here in Northern California I haven't seen one for less than $500, but I have seen a good number of them for sale lately.

September 27, 2008, 04:57 PM
That's a REAL Smith & Wesson...

September 27, 2008, 05:47 PM
I guess since everybody else is showing pics...

6 inch

4 inch

September 27, 2008, 05:56 PM
Vanilla, what are the grips on the 4-inch called? Target grips? I have the ones that expose the front strap on mine but I'd prefer the ones that fill the gap behind the trigger.

CSA 357
September 27, 2008, 07:08 PM
Those Are Diamond Targets, And A Nice Set I Might Add, I Have A 4 Inch 27-2 That Is A Great Shooter And The Action Has Realy Got Butter Smooth Over The Years, The 28 And The 27s Are Great Wheel Guns! Csa

September 27, 2008, 07:45 PM
1KPerDay, those are indeed target grips. They fill up there area behind the triggerguard and give me something more sustantial to grab on to. The small magna grips such as you have force me to contort my hand into a painful grip, and recoil just makes it hurt worse.

September 27, 2008, 07:48 PM
decided to keep mine and ordered some Hogue grips for it today. sweet trigger, super accurate, what is not to like?

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