Now if they'll just make a 10-shot .357 X-Frame... :D
The Real Hawkeye
December 26, 2006, 12:00 AM
Chindo, are you sure you have the model numbe right on that gun? I did a search on GunsAmerica, and the only guns that showed up were new S&W titanium cylinder revolvers.
December 26, 2006, 01:06 AM
Hawkeye: Yes, that's the real model number assigned to the weapon depicted. They were made in 1980 for issue to the NYSP but never delivered to that police department; the entire production run was then sold to the public.
It's essentially a fixed sight M28 with a better finish. Amazing lockup and balance.
Two recent auction examples sold at prices of $818 and $838 (the one in the photo). Used to be cheaply found...not any more.
Smith & Wesson also calls their current production seven-shooter a Model 520 (for reasons which only make sense to them).
Try typing a search at GunBroker Auctions for "Smith 520" instead of "S&W 520"...
You'll see a very over-priced example from a notoriously over-priced dealer. Who knows? The way prices for N-Frames keep rising, he may even sell it at that pricepoint.
December 26, 2006, 02:06 AM
One of these was stolen from my 1967 Chevrolet in Denver in the dead of winter in 1971 (72)? I miss it, and can't remember the model number, but 29 sticks in my mind. My dad got it for me used from some pawn broker in Seattle before I entered police training in Eugene, Oregon. @#$hole(s) also got a sleeping bag, and a really good SLR 35 mm camera, along with all of my best slides.
After seeing the film "American Gun", I often wonder more than ever where that gun is now.
December 26, 2006, 10:11 AM
S&W Model 520
Ha! I knew I'd miss one. Nice gun, Chindo.
December 27, 2006, 02:21 PM
Highway Patrolman is a Model 28 (Model 29 is the .44 magnun). A reference I have says Model 28's were made 1954-1986. Mighty fine revolver.
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