S&W MOD. 60 for fighting off Indians


July 19, 2008, 05:29 AM
The Model number says MOD. 60
The right side of the barrel says .38 S&W. SPL.
The left side of the barrel says SMITH & WESSON
Thanks to a member on a message board I frequent, I now know that the revolver left the factory in July of 1987.
Unlike modern S&W revolvers the firing pin is where is should be (on the hammer) and there is no lock built into the firearm.

I have a respectable collection of firearms. This has got to be the most important one.[/I]

As far as a review is concerned this thing is the smoothest double action revolver I have ever shot. It's accurate and has a perfect balance for it's size. My experience with this MOD. 60 is that it is quite possibly the perfect gun. While I understand that this is only my personal opinion I feel it necessary to explain my bias to this particular MOD.60


Well my father came by my house and handed it to me. He told me that he knew I always liked it growing up and he wanted me to have it. He had just retired from 30+ years with the sheriffs office. My father thought I was dropping hints that I wanted the revolver if he should retire because I had recently been calling him on a daily basis to talk about guns. The truth is I was fishing for information, because my brother, sister and myself where shopping around for a retirement gift for him. We had planned for everyone to be at my house for dinner. My siblings and I were going to tell our father how much we appreciated him working so hard for so long to help give up a comfortable life growing up. Then we were going to give him a very clean, pre-lock S&W 442 I had picked up earlier that week.

Imagine my surprise when my dad preempted this little ceremony by giving me his Model. 60.

It means a lot that my father gave me this revolver, seeings how it seemed he was never without it growing up. When I have time I will take some photos of it in this ankle holster he had.

Sitting here on the table, in this holster I can remember my father wearing this on his ankle everywhere we went when I was a kid. I would ask him why, and he would tell me "How else are we going to fight off the Indians". I was into The Lone Ranger at the time so this made perfect since to me. I could relate, The Lone Ranger was a hero just like my dad. As far as I can remember this is one of the most tender moments between my father and I as a kid. Memories like that, make me look forward to having my own children.

It is crazy that firearms are able to bring back memories like this.


As my primary pocket carry gun I have swapped out the grips for some rubber Uncle Mikes to help keep the snubby from sliding around. But every once in a while I pull out my fathers old wooden grips and swap them back on to the MOD. 60 and in a blink of an eye I am suddenly eight years old again.


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July 19, 2008, 06:14 AM
That's a fine looking "Silver Bullet" you got there.

An even better story.

July 20, 2008, 04:24 AM

July 20, 2008, 04:31 AM
ChrisVV, I too have an early Model 60 and it is one of my favorite guns. Feels great, looks great. Of course, mine does not have any kind of sentimental value or such a fantastic story - just the right kind of gun. :) Got lots of good wear on it.

July 20, 2008, 05:00 AM
Yes mine does have a lot of wear as well, I wouldnt have it any other way.

July 20, 2008, 05:12 AM
Chris, great post. Posts here, and on all other forums, tend to be, "this is why I am right and you are not." We all do it. But this is clean and pure. Nice.

I agree the 60 is perhaps one of the most perfect firearms ever built. WHAT? how can that be? The 1911? The S&W Registered Magnum? The Surplus Garands for $300 in the 70's? You are insane!!!

Here's why. Just like your dad demonstrated to you, there is a concept called "The First Rule of Gunfighting." I call it, for obvious reasons, the "FRG." The first rule is - "Have a gun." If your carry gun is so large, or your bias is that what you carry is inconvenient all the time, you won't carry it. That's where the S&W 36/60 (36 in blue steel, 60 in stainless) comes in so perfectly and for so very, very long (since 1950 to date!). You can stick it in a pocket, ankle rig, or in the hip and it's there. You've fulfilled the "First Rule of Gunfighting." You didn't leave it behind, you have a gun. Congratulations, you know have a chance.

Long live the 36/60. One of the most perfect guns of all time. Serious power, a serious package, and seriously concealable. Go find a better deal...

Ala Dan
July 20, 2008, 10:54 AM
I remember when Smith & Wesson introduced the old model 60 in .38
special, way back in 1965. That was a crazy year, crates of the then new
S&W model 60's were sent to the 'Nam; and you were hard pressed to find
one here in the states, and when you did they were commanding much more
than the $90 MSRP. More like, $185-$250 per unit when you could find one.
It wasn't until 'bout the summer of '73, when I got hold of one NIB; and I
thought I had found a gold mine~~! Yes, the first all stainless steel firearm
ever made; and I had one (:cool:). Today, I still have one that serves as a
back-up too my West German SIG-SAUER .45 caliber P220A; and it serves
on the home protection detail. ;) :D

July 20, 2008, 11:04 AM
Great post and pics.

Guns handed down from father to son are always special in a way that no other firearm can ever be. Thanks for the story explaining the importance of this M-60 to you.

P.S. --- Ala Dan, I'm with you ----- GO VOLS !!!!! :D


July 20, 2008, 11:38 AM
Ala Dan: Very funny. Hard to believe that things like that still happen today. In the same vein, my pops bought a Model 66 in the early 70s and still has it NIB today. He's never put a round through it. I can't say for sure that I'll be that respectful when I get it. :evil:

On that note, I think I might go shoot my Model 60...

July 20, 2008, 02:11 PM
Chris on Christmas day in 1952, 25 days after I was born, my mother gifted my father a Marlin 336 in 35 Rem. Today as the oldest son that gun belongs to me and someday it will go to my son.
Model 60's are great guns. But with the story of your's it's a step above the rest. A family and it's guns, priceless. Enjoy TKM

July 20, 2008, 09:29 PM
I have updated the article to reflect some information about the revolvers age.

thanks for the comments everyone.

July 21, 2008, 12:08 AM
I love my Model 60 no dash. It is a birthday gun for me so I like it.




July 21, 2008, 12:28 AM
Oh man I love those grips! Anyone want to sell me a set like that?

July 21, 2008, 12:42 AM
Great story about a great gun. I have a 60 no dash and it's one of my favorite guns. Shoots well, looks good. I had a trigger job done on mine.

I can't see ever letting it go even though I don't carry it any more.

July 22, 2008, 07:13 AM
Great story, thanks for sharing. My dad is a retired tool & Die maker from GM and some of my fondest memories growing up was with various guns and my dad, who is still my hero.

July 22, 2008, 09:21 AM
The S&W Model 60 you have is the model that started the "stainless" steel craze. That little gun was so popular when it first hit the market, it was commanding twice the MSRP and was hard to find.

July 22, 2008, 02:10 PM
Nice story! It must mean a great deal to have your dad hand down a gun he depended on for so long to you. It will be a real family treasure I am sure...

July 22, 2008, 04:20 PM
Chris, that's a beautiful gun and a story of great beauty. Thank you very much for posting the photos and being willing to tell us here.

Had to get my Kleenex.

Family heirlooms are exquisite, aren't they?

July 23, 2008, 12:39 AM
I let him read this the other day, I got the shrug of approval. You have got to love the Dad's shrug of approval.

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