S&W .357 Model 27-2


December 21, 2006, 01:22 AM
I recently found out here on The High Road that I am in possesion of a 1980 S&W .357 M27-2 that I inherited from my step-father that passed. I now am wondering if there is any sort of safety on the pistol. I have searched the pistol up and down looking for the safety. I have also downloaded the owners guide from S&W site and the revolver that they refer to in thier guide is newer than mine and mine doesn't have the internal lock screw.

Does anyone have a M27-2 that knows if there is a safety.
My partial serial number is N651xxx, if that helps with anything.

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December 21, 2006, 01:31 AM
The safety on the revolver is between the handlers ear's!
Keep the muzzle in a safe direction-always
Keep your finger off the trigger until you want it to go bang.
BYW the gun is ALWAYS loaded and should be treated as such.

The S&W 29-2 has a hammer intercepter that HELPS in not discharging if dropped on hammer- but nothing is impossible .
Keep it safe, get some instruction OR sell the fine piece to ME.:D

Baba Louie
December 21, 2006, 01:43 AM
No, there is no safety.
You are the safety. You must learn and practice the four rules of firearm safety:
1. Assume that ALL guns are always loaded. (treat them as such... with due care and caution)
2. Never point the muzzle at anything you do not want to destroy.
3. Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on the target.
4. Always know where your bullets are going (What's behind the target?).

Practice those as if they are a religious rite and you should be safe. Teach them to everyone who ever gets a chance to shoot your much beloved 27.

December 21, 2006, 08:55 AM
Very nice.....

Here is my '80 M27-2:


December 21, 2006, 09:01 AM
A S&W revolver made in 1980 will not have a manual safety. There is an internal device that prevents the gun from discharging if dropped so you don't have to worry about keeping it fully loaded but if you pull the trigger the gun will fire.

By the way, sorry for your loss, welcome to the forum, and I hope you learrn to properly use and enjoy your step-dad's pistol as the Model 27 is one of if not the finest revolvers ever made and yours is made even more special by being left to you by your step-dad.

Old Fuff
December 21, 2006, 09:56 AM

Your S&W Model 27-2 has not one, but two mechanical safeties that operate themselves to prevent an accidental discharge if the hammer is struck a hard blow. Open the cylinder and look at the breechface. Notice that the firing pin is pulled back into the frame, and cannot touch a cartridge loaded into the cylinder. You don't need to do anything to operate the safeties (move a lever or push a botton) because the gun itself operates them.

So you're good to go... :)

December 21, 2006, 07:32 PM

By safeties I assume you mean external safeties that can be flicked on or off and prevent the gun from firing. No most revolvers do not have any such thing, thankfully.

Some newer revolvers do have a lock which can be operated by a key. Turning the lock essentially blocks the hammer and or cylinder from turning and the piece from operating. You can get the same effect by buying an external gun lock and placeing this on the gun. Several companies make the latter. The locks have been placed in the guns usually to help fend off potential lawsuits.

To find out more about your gun I'd suggest you go by a local gunsmith and have him check the gun over and clean it for you. You can ask him any questions you'd like. Call around to a couple of gun stores in your area (find 'em in the Yellow Pages) and locate one. Any smith can check out and clean your piece.


December 21, 2006, 10:51 PM
Thank you all for the advise with "my" new pistol. I have found all of you replys helpful, and I will probably be talking to you guys again.

Happy .357 Day on Saterday to All.

December 23, 2006, 10:29 PM
Anyone catch the latest episode of [I]Justice?[I] During a fight over a revolver, (it looked like a S&W) it got loose while cocked, bounced on the front seat spinning end over end, and struck the passenger side front seat arm rest hammer first, causing it to fire, which killed the cab driver.

Would striking a cocked hammer in this maner, assuming the piece is in good repair, release the hammer and fire the pistol?


It now occurs to me that this query does not relate to revolver safetys. If a Moderator wants to move it to a more appropriate venue, I promise not take them off my Christmas list. :)


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