Smith and Wesson 8 shot .357 magnum revolvers


November 26, 2006, 11:18 PM
What Smith and Wesson 8 shot .357 magnum revolvers are available?

I thought this one looked very nice:

Are there any others?

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November 27, 2006, 12:21 AM
Not to mean any offense, but I think that the revo in the link is just, well...hideous. Nothing can match the looks of the pre-90's Smith's.

November 27, 2006, 12:23 AM
Try the 627. It comes in several guises.

November 27, 2006, 04:01 AM
The 627, one great revolver.:) :)

November 27, 2006, 12:40 PM
The current model 520 is an 8 shot, with a Ti cylinder.


Guy B. Meredith
November 27, 2006, 01:57 PM
The revolver pictured is one version of the 627 that has come down the pike. I rather like that one and it is one that Jerry Miculek and others have used in competition rather extensively.

Seven For Sure
November 28, 2006, 02:05 AM
The 520 is a seven shot L frame. The eight shot's are N frames.

erich w
November 28, 2006, 03:36 AM
If you go to and check their performance center you'll find a few, all of the the 327 and 627 models and their variations hold 8 shots of 357. I own a 627 v-comp and it is the best shooting gun I've ever owned, it set a world record 8 shots of 357 in under 1 second.

Guy B. Meredith
November 28, 2006, 04:00 AM
Naw, the V-comp is boring--too accurate, too easy. Bloody tank. ;)

November 28, 2006, 04:34 AM
I want one.....:(

erich w
November 28, 2006, 09:08 PM
don't get me wrong there is nothing wrong with a gun that is less acurate, they definitly can be more fun and challenging but if I don't want to take chances with my shot I trust my v-comp

November 29, 2006, 11:59 AM
Any members here ever shoot or handle a 327 S&W .357magnum? I was looking over the 2006 line and saw this small DA revolver.


November 29, 2006, 12:31 PM
Heh, it's only small compared to its sister N frames. It's actually a big gun.

November 29, 2006, 02:38 PM
what do you guys think of them I tried one yesterday and liked it though it felt diff than any other SW I have tried

erich w
November 29, 2006, 04:07 PM
which 327 the mp. trr8, snub nosed one? I've handled and fired one of the

November 29, 2006, 04:10 PM
Very nice revolver.

November 29, 2006, 06:36 PM
I have a 627 and it is an excellent revolver. I am very satisfied with it and would highly recommend one to anyone interested.

High Planes Drifter
November 29, 2006, 07:43 PM
Grandmaster and Erich, those are certainly 2 beautifull guns! How is the recoil and blast firing Magnum loads; and if you dont mind me asking, how much did you guys shell out for the guns?

Guy B. Meredith
November 29, 2006, 08:10 PM
High Plains Drifter,

Magnum loads in my M66 are VERY brisk. In the 686+, brisk but manageable. When I go to the 627 I wonder where the recoil went--probably less than the .38 spl +P rounds I shoot in the 686+. The .38 spl +P are like .22s when shot from the 627. Just "poof"... Like I said the thing's a tank.

And they all hit where you aim.

The general V-comp model listed around $1000 when I got mine (for $20 worth of raffle tickets), but it is a special production run so I don't know whether that would affect the value. I had a long debate with myself before deciding to shoot this beauty.

erich w
November 30, 2006, 02:14 AM
"poof" really is the best way to put it, when I first started looking into one I had people telling me 1200 to 1500 I finally found someone on ga selling them for 900 new which is needless to say the way I went, just out of curiosity grandmaster thats one of the early runs isn't it, how old is the one you got?

November 30, 2006, 03:11 PM
Recoil is noticeably light with magnums compared to a K frame. I especially love shooting .38 specials as they feel almost like a .22! :) I gave $750 for mine.

November 30, 2006, 03:23 PM
what do you guys think of them I tried one yesterday and liked it though it felt diff than any other SW I have triedExcellent revolver. Use the search function and you will find plenty of input on them; ignore the "lock/anti-lock" diatribe, and you will find useful info. I love mine.:D PM if you want a good description of it.

What is the difference in finishes on the two 627s presented here? Is one nickel, or are both stainless with different sheen?

November 30, 2006, 04:53 PM
WOW, those 627s are nice! That just may be my next firearm purchase :)

How do they balance? Do you guys carry them at all?

November 30, 2006, 07:20 PM
They are both stainless. Smith uses the number 6 in front of the model number to denote stainless.

November 30, 2006, 10:44 PM
Mine has a bead blast finish. I use it mainly for competition. It is pretty muzzle heavy, but that really helps it soak up the recoil. :D

erich w
December 1, 2006, 05:30 PM
when I got mine it had a satin stainless finish to it like grandmaster's but I polished it with auto and mag polish tilll it got that mirror finish

December 2, 2006, 10:29 PM
Anyone carry one? Is it feasible as a carry gun?

erich w
December 4, 2006, 01:46 AM
I've seen someone conceal a desert eagle in 50 ae so I suppose anything is possible, only problem is no one makes a holseter that fits the v-comp, atleast not the kind I have, so I had to get a custom shoulder holster made, I haven't tried concealing it but I suppose if I wore a lose fitting coat over it I could do it.

December 4, 2006, 09:55 AM
S&W manufactured the PC version of the 8 shot Model 627 in 357 Magnum and 38 Super. The 38 Super was from either one or two limited runs.

December 4, 2006, 02:06 PM
My Florida Hawg gun:

December 4, 2006, 09:01 PM
That is gorgeous roscoe Brain'. I'm personally not into scopes, but nonetheless a beauty:D

December 5, 2006, 07:09 AM

Clint Eatwood's character in 'Bloodwork' carried a 2.5" 627 X8 from a special run for Camfour distributors, I believe. It is perhaps the most sought after, despite the Eastwood character's apparently poor marksmanship with same. Low production numbers and that movie made it a collectible. The pricey 327 snubby is a great piece for some, due to it's size. I have shot it... but my aversion to another Ti cylinder makes it a non-entity here. Still, nicely done - and not the miserable handfull feeling of a 340 with hot rounds - the N-frame, even lite weight, really helps. I had pondered the conversion of the Miculek PC 627 V-Comp I traded for last spring to a 'Bloodwork'-ish version - until I shot it with my wimpy .357M & .38 reloads - wow. Great revolver - and my only PC gun - a really great revolver, and I am fortunate to have traded for it.


December 5, 2006, 10:07 AM
Another happy 627 owner here. Bought this one used and has become my favorite .357.


December 5, 2006, 12:00 PM
The PC made both a 3 inch and 5 inch barreld version of their 627 V-comp. The 3 inch bareled version was manufactured in a very small run.

December 6, 2006, 12:26 AM
STOP! You're gunna make me...:D

I did!

But, since we have gun rationing here in Kali, I have to wait a month for the process to begin :barf:

December 14, 2006, 02:33 AM

very nice but need some wood grips.

December 14, 2006, 06:20 PM
It would need more than that.

December 15, 2006, 03:12 AM
what else does it need?

Revolver Ocelot
December 26, 2006, 01:39 AM
a 6 in the model number doesn't denote 357, because the 625 is a 45 acp, I think it is the frame type

December 26, 2006, 03:20 AM
Not sure, but I am waiting for the 12 shot anti-matter photon dispenser to come out.

wb :evil:

December 26, 2006, 04:08 AM
A six as in 686 means stainless steel.

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