Dang You Bass Pro (or, A Nice Revolver Story)


July 27, 2008, 07:58 PM
The last 2 1/2 years for me have been brutal. My dad passed away and it has been incredibly difficult for me. My mom has not been able to deal with it at all, so, much of my time is spent visiting with her and helping her with stuff she has no clue with how to handle. There are other things that have made this period difficult (bizarre weather, paycheck is not what it used to be, etc.), so, any bright spot is worth mentioning. This bright spot just happens to involve a couple of guns.

I stopped in at my local Bass Pro today and they had a S&W pre-model 10 that I think ends up being a Model of 1902. It has a serial number of 51xxx but is a five screw gun, which doesn't match the serial number. This serial number should be from a gun that is a "pre-five screw model four screw" from what I can tell (I may very likely be wrong, though). The serial number on the cylinder matches the one on the butt and the frame. It also appears to have the original grips. Most of the blueing is still there and it is mechanically sound.

While I was there I asked the salesman if he had any other interesting revolvers hidden away. He leaves and comes back with a 50th Anniversary Ruger SA and another Smith. I go for the Smith and it is an N frame model 520 in excellent condition. It doesn't have the original grips but has a very nice set of wood grips with finger grooves. These are the only N frames without adjustable sights.

Needless to say, I now own both revolvers. I paid $269.99 for the M&P pre-model 10 and $359.99 for the model 520.

So, dang you Bass Pro for making me spend more money (but thanks).

You may now feel free to hate me.:D

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July 27, 2008, 08:06 PM
Very cool. You are quite lucky. I've never seen a used revolver in Bass Pro. Congrats!

July 27, 2008, 09:33 PM
Sorry for what you and your Mom have been going through. It's tough. Maybe you're back in the saddle again!

July 28, 2008, 11:49 AM
Well, I guess I am wrong in calling the one a pre-model 10. It is really a model of 1902, First Change (I think) according to the serial number. Some other things make me believe it is a really unique gun but I will have to get a letter from S&W to find out for sure.

July 28, 2008, 03:02 PM
I hope things continue to improve for you and your mother, such a loss is never easy and your support of her is a testament of how good a son you are.

Buddy you stole that 520, wanna make a quick $100 on it? You need to go buy some lottery tickets or go to the pony track. Congrats, and we need pictures please.

July 29, 2008, 06:05 AM
Not bad for that 520, they have a big following, glad to see you had a little luck, we could all use some sometimes I suppose.

Actually there is other N frames such as the mod 58 that have fixed sights. I think you mean the only .357mag N frame with fixed sights?

Baba Louie
July 29, 2008, 08:42 AM
A 520?

Bass Pro? A 520?


You done good dawg (simple understatement will suffice)

Now give up the fotos and range report.

Now I look forward to reading about one of your neighbors selling you their old virginal Military & Police pristine 58 for less than 3 bills... :D

E X C E L L E N T !

July 29, 2008, 02:13 PM
you mean the only .357mag N frame with fixed sights

Yes, that is exactly what I meant. I left that out in the excitement.

July 29, 2008, 04:42 PM

July 29, 2008, 07:11 PM

You can see pics of his very, very nice pre-war 5" 38-44 in this thread (yep, that's what he bought for $270).


July 29, 2008, 08:29 PM
I will post pics of the 520 tomorrow. The gun that I was thinking was a Model of 1902 turns out to be a pre-war 38-44 as kamerer posted above. This week has been a dandy so far.:D

July 29, 2008, 08:34 PM
Congrats on your "Mr. & Mrs." Smiths! :D

July 31, 2008, 10:29 PM
Here are a couple of pics. They are not great, but you get the idea.

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