S&W Model 28-2


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FPrice
September 20, 2003, 01:15 PM
I made my usual mistake of stopping by a gun store. :rolleyes:

This one is one town over from where I live and is open odd hours. The guy had two S&W Model 28's in the case, a 6" and a 4". The 4" is a 28-2, in pretty good shape, has a smooth trigger and large target stocks. Could not take the stocks off to check the serial number but there was a "N" and five numbers in the crane area just above the 28-2. It also had an "H" on the rear face of the cylinder between two of the charge holes.

A quick run through seemed to indicate that it was in good mechanical shape. The guy is asking $300, I think I'm going to offer $250 and see what he does.

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C.R.Sam
September 20, 2003, 02:31 PM
If it seemed to like me...
Would likely offer 225 out the door.
I don't need more N frames but they still follow me home anyway.



Sam

Avery Goodschott
September 20, 2003, 06:00 PM
Locally, I pay $289 for nice looking, mechanically sound pieces.

Johnny Guest
September 20, 2003, 08:26 PM
Strong and heavy enough to take a bunch of true Magnum loads. Not as pretty, perhaps, as a high-polished M27, but truly a businesslike, distinguished-looking sidearm.

I tend to agree with C. R. Sam that the price seems a bit steep, but I acknowledge that big service resolvers might be a bit more reasonably priced in the Southwest than in the PCM.

But, even in Texas, I think I'd give $250, were I in the market for such.

Let us know what happens, huh?

Best,
Johnny

FPrice
September 20, 2003, 09:13 PM
$300 is a bit steep, but the People's AG, in all his wisdom, has decided that the subjects...er, citizens of the Commonwealth cannot be trusted with "unsafe" firearms. Thus the supply of firearms has dried up, which has caused prices to rise.

Decisions, decisions.

RUT
September 20, 2003, 10:07 PM
Bear in mind, he's in Massachusetts where gun prices tend to run much higher!:(

FPrice
September 20, 2003, 10:18 PM
I checked out Supica and Nahas and, if the number I saw was the serial number, then this revolver dates to late 1970 or early 1971.

FPrice
September 20, 2003, 10:23 PM
"Bear in mind, he's in Massachusetts where gun prices tend to run much higher!"

Yeah, but if you shop carefully you can still find some bargains.

BTW, I just applied for my NH Non-resident carry permit. Since I have a permit which allows me to carry concealed here, it looks good that I will get it. (fingers crossed)

RUT
September 20, 2003, 10:34 PM
>>BTW, I just applied for my NH Non-resident carry permit. Since I have a permit which allows me to carry concealed here, it looks good that I will get it. (fingers crossed)<<

It's a piece of cake here, unlike your (and my once) state! I used to have a non-resident Mass. permit, but the annual renewal BS got to be too much of a pain, so I let it lapse. Now, I'm just covered in NH, VT, and Maine. VT, of course, is by default, as they have no permit requirements there.:)

===RUT===

Standing Wolf
September 20, 2003, 10:42 PM
Could not take the stocks off to check the serial number but there was a "N" and five numbers in the crane area just above the 28-2.

That's the serial number. $300 wouldn't be a bad price for a model 28-2 with a four-inch barrel in good condition. You could find better prices, but they're not the most common guns on the market.

Ala Dan
September 21, 2003, 01:05 AM
What Can I Say?

The Smith & Wesson model 28-2 .357 magnum is one very
fine handgun. I've owned 3 over the year's, the last being
about a 98.9 per center that I gave $270 bucks for. It was
the 6" version, that I bought out of Illinois.:D

Best Wishes,
Ala Dan, N.R.A. Life Member

Benjamin
September 21, 2003, 01:47 AM
Sir,

whose shop is this? I'm looking for smith .357's. The only good shop in my area took 140 revolvers from a private collection, and is now working on selling the commemoratives. Mainly NIB stuff, so they're out of my current price range.

$300 for a mechanically sound M28 sounds right for Mass, though. If you can get it for $250, more power to you.

C.R.Sam
September 21, 2003, 02:40 AM
Patience...
And carry cash.:)


Sam

rbert0005
September 21, 2003, 07:46 AM
Benjamin,

If you want any Smith wheelguns,Colts too, you may want to try the Village Gun Shop in Northboro. It is right on Rt 9 by Duddies car dealership.

I allways find some NICE things there. They have the best assortment that I have found anywhere.

$300 for a model 28 is on the top side, but not out of the acceptable range.

Enjoy,
Bob

Berg01
September 21, 2003, 05:30 PM
I think a good Model 27-2 (like mine) or a Model 28 are a couple of the best all around shooters to be had; I spent $275.00 for mine last year, and now I wouldn't give it up for twice that much.

jar
September 21, 2003, 07:56 PM
$300.00 for a handgun that can use such a wide range of ammo, that will last for several lifetimes, that will be accurate way out past where any decent semi-automatic quits and goes home, that is beautiful, unbelievably reliable and will most likely hold its value or even increase in price sounds like a pretty good deal. :D :D

riverdog
September 21, 2003, 08:16 PM
I'd go for that in a heartbeat.

Here in CA you can only buy used S&W revos that are already in the state. Makes them hard to find at times -- "you snooze, you lose", bring cash. I wouldn't part with any of my N-frame .357's.

FPrice
September 22, 2003, 10:55 AM
"whose shop is this?"

This is Jimmy Squid's in Chicopee, MA. He has a small but nice variety of firearms there.

FPrice
September 22, 2003, 10:57 AM
"The Smith & Wesson model 28-2 .357 magnum is one very fine handgun. I've owned 3 over the year's, the last being about a 98.9 per center that I gave $270 bucks for. It was the 6" version, that I bought out of Illinois."

He also has a 6" M28 right next to it, same price! I did not look at it because I prefer the 4" barrel for all purposes except formal target competition.

rjk2475
September 22, 2003, 08:34 PM
i have a 28-2 4". it's my favorite handgun. how forgiving should one be when examining these firearms for cylinder movement? i've yet to find one where the cylinder feels welded to the frame. what's acceptable?

FPrice
September 22, 2003, 08:56 PM
"how forgiving should one be when examining these firearms for cylinder movement?"

My FFL, who used to work for both S&W and Colt, said that an N-frame cylinder should move (rotate) just a little bit. Both of my N-frames have some little movement in them and both still shoot well with no problems that i can tell.

Phil in Seattle
September 23, 2003, 01:12 AM
They're so very nice. I'd rather have 27s but I wouldn't ever pass by a solid 28.

http://pic5.picturetrail.com/VOL77/858902/1551961/20534641.jpg

Note to self take a new photo and include the 2nd 6" in it.

Mattkc
September 23, 2003, 02:56 AM
Twenty years ago I was in an alley with my partner looking for some b&e suspects. We were in plaincloths and when ran into the suspects they picked up 2x4s and bricks. I pulled a 2 1/2" S&W 66 they were not impressed. But when my partner pulled a mod 28 all you could hear was stuff hitting the ground. Up to that point I could never understand why he carried that big hunk of iron.

RUT
September 23, 2003, 08:04 AM
>>But when my partner pulled a mod 28 all you could hear was stuff hitting the ground<<

"Go ahead... make my day............" :D

BluesBear
September 23, 2003, 09:45 AM
Phil,

Let me know if you every come across a good deal on another 6".

FPrice
September 26, 2003, 05:01 PM
Just as I was about to go down to make an offer on this revolver, a guy I know offered me first shot at a 1950's Mossberg Model 142K .22 rifle. Looks like 95% or better with all original packing and documents. I decided to pick it up for my six-year old as his first rifle. Just have to hope that Model 28 stays there for a few more weeks.

RUT
September 26, 2003, 05:18 PM
Not that I needed one, but I ended up getting (yet another) S&W today, this time a 6" Model 28 complete with original box, tools, paperwork (but no wax paper) for the grand sum of $275.00. Aside from a small patch of muzzle wear, the rest of it is in primo condition. Ser# (S2857XX) puts it in the '66-'67 timeframe. This will make a handsome partner to the 6" Model 27 currently residing in the safe. When will it ever stop!!:)

===RUT===

ElToro
September 26, 2003, 09:42 PM
i paid $400 for a clean 28-2 4 inch of 66 vintage here in CA. with box and screwdriver... nicest diamond target grips ive ever seen.. matching number grips. 99%+ condition

RUT
September 26, 2003, 11:00 PM
>>nicest diamond target grips ive ever seen.<<

Unfortunately, mine is sporting Magnas, so my next purchase will be a nice set of target grips.:cool:

HogRider
September 26, 2003, 11:12 PM
I paid 400 for this one. It was unfired -- but no box, screwdriver or manual. Condition was immaculate.






http://members.cox.net/wbhogrider/Images/M28a.jpg

RUT
September 26, 2003, 11:41 PM
What are you using for a camera? It does a whole lot better job than mine!!

HogRider
September 27, 2003, 12:06 AM
Thank You. I used a Kodak DC 280 digital. It's been taken in bright daylight outside but under a roof to avoid the direct sunlight. Macro setting. I also used fill in flash. I edited it Photo Shop by sharpening it one step.

RUT
September 27, 2003, 12:13 AM
I use a Nikon 880 digital, and I never can seem to get enough light! I suspect part of the probem is my not taking the time to use the features it probably has! Guess I'll have to read the book a bit further. :(

Very nice looking "28", by the way!

===RUT=== (FLHS owner)

Kevinch
October 1, 2003, 02:26 PM
Nothing like a nice N frame, but I agree that 3 bills might be a little high.

I would, however, go maybe $250 for it.

JNewell
October 1, 2003, 08:02 PM
Frosty, your post is a funny coincidence. Last week at the other end of the Commonwealth I was at a local (to me) dealer's, who had two 4" M28s. Now he only has one! ;) I paid a little over what Jimmy is asking, but it's in exceptionally clean condition and still has the original diamond grips numbered to the gun. I'll be putting some Ahrends on and storing the original grips somewhere safe, though. Jimmy is a good guy -- I got a great deal on a 940-1 from him a while back.

J.

vanfunk
October 1, 2003, 08:31 PM
JNewell,
Did your 28 come from Four Seasons? If so, I'd been eyeing that piece for at least 3 months!:D I bought a Bushmaster instead, but entertain daily fantasies of going back in there for the remaining 4" 28.

vanfunk

FPrice
October 1, 2003, 11:38 PM
I was going to ask the same question vanfunk did. I have bought two or three firearms from Four Seasons myself and find them to be fairly reasonable, IF a long ways from me (100 miles roughly).

JNewell
October 2, 2003, 08:39 AM
Vanfunk -- yep, the same. I probably "overpaid," by the book, but it was (is) so tight -- no end shake, no rotational play, even the cylinder gap is tight (.0015", can't get an .002" blade in -- almost too tight). Nice trigger and a finish you can look into. The other one is an N- gun rather than an S- gun -- it's nice, and was less $, but... :D

Yes, Frosty, the guys at FS are a good bunch. May be out your way this weekend to see if any N-frames need to come back from the W. Springfield show.

FPrice
October 2, 2003, 10:53 AM
"Yes, Frosty, the guys at FS are a good bunch."

ARGHHHH!!!! I just called them and they still have that other M28! I am going to GOAL in two weeks for an NRA Instructors course and may just have to leave early. shoot over to Wobuen and see if it is still there.

"May be out your way this weekend to see if any N-frames need to come back from the W. Springfield show."

The timing for this show is a bummer. This is my reserve drill weekend and it's going to be very busy. Too busy for me to sneak away and take a quick look.

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