S&W 28 Shooter


July 24, 2008, 07:50 PM
I know that many people despise these threads, but why not?

I am currently looking a S&W 28 (6"), for $350. There is some bluing wear on the muzzle, and some small scratches in the cylinder's blue (but no damage to the actual metal). Everything else is clean (has a pair of what look like Pachmayr hard rubber grips instead of OEM), and it seems to lock up reasonably tight. Fair deal?

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July 24, 2008, 08:18 PM
Seems pretty fair to me. Given the way the "pre-lock" Smiths are revered and the way the prices are following, it's probably decent.
If it was a four-inch, I'd be bugging you for the shop's number.

Fat Boy
July 24, 2008, 08:39 PM
I saw a 6" model 28 with wood grips recently for $409.00- sounds like it was very similar to the gun you describe. I like those old s&w guns, and would think the price you describe is a fair deal, all things being equal...I almost bought the one I was looking at, but as always seems to be the case, funds were short-

July 24, 2008, 09:42 PM
Fair deal, and great shooters. :)

July 24, 2008, 10:18 PM
If it's a Model 28-2 or earlier, then it is "pinned and recessed". Any pinned & recessed S&W in the condition you described (even w/rubber stocks) is a keeper for $350 and probably worth more---- some models much more!!

Get it & Shoot it ---- you won't regret having bought it. They are one of the best range guns you could get. :)


July 24, 2008, 11:03 PM
Thanks for the reassurance. I have a hold on it; figure it should make a good range and hopefully deer gun.

EDIT: And it is a 28-2.

Big B
July 25, 2008, 12:37 AM
I love shooting my 28-2. $350 sounds like a good deal for what you describe. I bought mine earlier this month for quite a bit more. (4" model)

July 25, 2008, 01:03 PM
IIRC, they used to market these as the "Highway Patrolman", basically a less finely-finished and lower cost N-frame .357 alternative to the M-27 for duty and outdoor use.

Very fine revolvers, well-made, rugged, accurate and dependable. The price seems like a good bargain to me in the condition you describe. 6" examples are a good deal rarer than 4" ones around here and seem to command a small premium on the market.

July 25, 2008, 01:39 PM
Glad to see you grabbed that one. 28's are fine guns and the prices have been rising steadily. $350 is a good deal.

July 25, 2008, 01:57 PM
My 28-2 from a month or so ago was under 350.00 but from my "full disclosure" dealer who advised there was "freckling" which knocked it down some.

Also, it was from the dark times of 'Nam era Bangor Punta and is serving as my test platform for spring changes, stoning, some part replacements and the like. I rather like it but it was the poster child for the occasional pinned and recessed dog that made it out during the late '70s.

It appears the factory filed off the sideplate boss in its entirety which off-centered the hammer, scarring it considerably. The .002 bushing has handled that well. The Jerry Miculek DVD and a few Brownell's parts has gotten it to where it's pretty nice. It has a special place in my heart much like a delinquent child that's finally come around to take its proper place with the other pinned and recessed classmates. I'm leaving the hammer scarred and scratched just to remind me of its rough start.

Next up is honing the chambers which the factory saw fit to not quite finish resulting in stubborn extraction - hone hasn't shown up from Brownell's yet. One would have never have guessed that this example came from the same plant that produced outstanding 27s, 57s and 686s but she's coming around quite nicely.

I'd jump all over another 350.00 28. They're usually rather nice and even when they're not they respond well to treatment.

July 25, 2008, 03:46 PM
Picked up a feeler gauge today to check the endshake I felt (supposedly fairly normal on an S&W), but barring that being out of whack I should drop the cash tomorrow. The ammunition is definitely getting bought off the internet though, after seeing the markup on both .38 and .357 around here.

July 26, 2008, 03:11 PM
The cylinder gap measures .004, with .001-.0015 endshake. Looks like in three days I become a member of club S&W. Pics then.

jack the toad
July 26, 2008, 10:59 PM
I sold a 28-2 (6") w/ factory target grips last week for $300. It was app. 80 percent finish but had excellent timing and lock up. If it had been a 4" I'd kept it.
The buyer seemed very please.

July 27, 2008, 12:10 AM
Any decent N-frame today for under $400 qualifies as a buy-it.

July 29, 2008, 08:32 PM
Well, I've got it. Sorry for the crap pictures:

http://img524.imageshack.us/img524/8456/sw28webvx0.th.png (http://img524.imageshack.us/my.php?image=sw28webvx0.png)

http://img261.imageshack.us/img261/8931/sw28web2ch8.th.png (http://img261.imageshack.us/my.php?image=sw28web2ch8.png)

Can't wait to go and shoot it tomorrow! The trigger is very nice, I figured out how to stage the double action within ten pulls dryfiring (and my only other DA experience was a couple of shots from a Hi-Standard .22), and the single action is unimaginably light. Either this thing was tuned, or S&W had some amazing workers in the 60's. Seriously, the single action on this thing would make many 1911's weep.

July 31, 2008, 06:11 PM
You'll like it. I own two 28's. A 6" and a 4". Congrats.

July 31, 2008, 06:14 PM
You did well.

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