What do you do with a gun like this?


PDA






bushmaster1313
November 23, 2010, 12:32 AM
http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=201358769

Nice gun
But what do you do with it?

Can anyone tell me the model?

If you enjoyed reading about "What do you do with a gun like this?" here in TheHighRoad.org archive, you'll LOVE our community. Come join TheHighRoad.org today for the full version!
Rail Driver
November 23, 2010, 12:37 AM
The ad states it's a Model 27.

It's a beautiful pistol. I'd shoot the dickens out of it ;) I don't believe in safe queens.

belercous
November 23, 2010, 12:51 AM
What you do with it is; Always keep it in its box, dry & lightly oiled, out of sunlight and wait for someone to buy it from you for more than you paid for it. `Bout it besides braggin'.

yeti
November 23, 2010, 01:10 AM
Shoot it till it breaks, then buy a new one. :D

It's a gun, what else you gonna do with it? Besides a little holster wear would give it some character and make that hole in the frame less distracting.

Would be a nice Bar-B-Que gun as is.

LRS_Ranger
November 23, 2010, 01:12 AM
And this is why I wouldn't ever buy a gun like that, though I will admire it all day long. I classify all my guns as "working pieces".

NavyLCDR
November 23, 2010, 01:37 AM
Whatever you want to with it. :confused:

It says right in the ad that it's a model 27.

Sav .250
November 23, 2010, 07:14 AM
That`s a "collectors" piece only. IMO.

SharpsDressedMan
November 23, 2010, 07:26 AM
Shoot it! It <deleted>off the collectors.

smallbore
November 23, 2010, 07:29 AM
I couldn't own a gun like that 'cause I'd feel compelled to develop my wardrobe around it. :) Maybe it's just me, it's a gun. . .shoot it.

mcdonl
November 23, 2010, 07:31 AM
I have come to learn that the more money you have at your disposal the more you will spend on your hobbies. Some people, through good decision making and sacrifices can afford to spend unlimited money when it comes to things as cheap as guns.

That being said, this could be a safe queen or a beater, depending on who you are and why you need a .357 revolver. Me? If I could afford it, I would carry it on Sundays.

vinnimac
November 23, 2010, 07:53 AM
don't like smiths so wouldn't even have it. other than that, its just supposed to look pretty sitting somewhere. I agree with the consensus, guns are for shooting, not sitting in the safe forever.

ultradoc
November 23, 2010, 08:33 AM
keep it in the box.wait a few years.sell it.

Jim Watson
November 23, 2010, 08:57 AM
Something to show off by somebody who won't pay for real engraving.

Commemoratives seldom gain a whole lot of value or even hold what they had.

SaxonPig
November 23, 2010, 08:59 AM
I ignore it. S&W quit making REAL 357s in 1981. That thing in the ad with pressed metal parts lacks all of the features that made the N frame 357s desirable.

This is a REAL 357:

http://www.fototime.com/2B8C6EFBEB61D78/standard.jpg


This is also a REAL 357:

http://www.fototime.com/9609FE018B85890/standard.jpg


Another REAL 357:

http://www.fototime.com/635FB0E85DE7885/standard.jpg

Radium
November 23, 2010, 10:33 AM
saw off the barrel to make it a snubnose and shoot the living daylights out of it just like a few posters above said to <deleted> collectors off :D

kaferhaus
November 23, 2010, 11:32 AM
Commemoratives seldom gain a whole lot of value or even hold what they had.


LOL, so true.... there's a old man that has been renting tables at the local gun shows for about 5yrs trying to unload his "collection" of Win 94 commemoratives....

CraigC
November 23, 2010, 12:23 PM
Shoot it! It <deleted> off the collectors.
:D

If somebody gave me one, I'd shoot the hell out of it. If I were spending that much on a sixgun, it would be an original 1950 Target .44Spl.

Zundfolge
November 23, 2010, 12:31 PM
You order an extra pretty rig from El Paso (http://www.epsaddlery.com/) or some other fine leather maker and wear the gun to Bar-B-Qs, weddings and other semi-formal/formal occasions.

TexasRifleman
November 23, 2010, 12:33 PM
I would have to shoot it, which is why I never buy guns like this.

Guillermo
November 23, 2010, 12:46 PM
Does an MIM Smith with a lock have any collector value?

Saxon, it is always a pleasure to look at your collection of beautiful guns.
Maybe you should post them all and we can ask them to make a "sticky"

speedway
November 23, 2010, 01:08 PM
Shoot it. That's what they are for.

Caliper_RWVA
November 23, 2010, 01:13 PM
A) shoot it.

B) buy it, keep it in a safe place for ten years and then put it on Gunbroker for 5x what you bought it for

C) just noticed that it is a "charity auction" so, write one of those huge cardboard checks and claim it on your taxes! :D

For the current $1500-1600 price, it isn't too far removed from many new guns. Considering the engraving on it, that doesn't seem like an unreasonable price if you go for fancy engraved sixguns. Might have to reconsider that in 26 days when it ends though.

Iggy
November 23, 2010, 03:42 PM
Like SP says. Ignore it.
http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p246/Iggy25/Model27s.jpg
I got this pair a week or so ago. A 64 and 73 vintage for a couple of hundred bucks less that the present bid on that one with a wart on the side and laser etching.

The 31/2" was test fired at the factory and the 5" not a lot more.

There are good ones out there if you look long enough.

ms6852
November 23, 2010, 03:55 PM
Would you have a young beautiful woman for display purposes only to show your friends, or would you have a whole lot of fun with her. Same thing with the gun, shoot the heck out of it.

Topcat
November 23, 2010, 04:20 PM
Sorry but I would just sell it and get a plain one. I don't like the engraving and HATE the grips.:barf:

Sheepdog1968
November 23, 2010, 04:39 PM
Most things that are labeled as collectors items don't end up becomming so. The reason things become collectable, IMO, is that there wasn't a lot of them to begin with or it was easily damgaged (baseball cards). This only has 500 being made so that will help limit the number of them out there. I remember in the early 90s Beretta made 5,000 of their 92FS's as a collector item. A couple of years ago, I looked up the "blue book" value of the regular 92fs and the collector one. There was a $50 price difference between the two. If you want it, get it, but I wouldn't expect/count on it being worth anything more in the future. For example, there are a lot of Winchester collector 94s lever actions out there, I mean a lot of them for various things. The ones that are in general really expensive are just the really old ones that are in good condition.

luigi
November 23, 2010, 04:41 PM
Gold plate it and sell it in The American Rifleman for 5X its value

Oyeboten
November 23, 2010, 04:42 PM
Indeed, far as my own interests go, "What do you do with a Gun like this?"

- Put it on 'Gunbroker'..!

doc2rn
November 23, 2010, 04:57 PM
Take it to a BBQ!

therewolf
November 23, 2010, 06:18 PM
I wouldn't buy it. I'm going to shoot whatever I get.:cool:

browningguy
November 23, 2010, 06:50 PM
Personally I like engraving on guns, although there isn't a lot on this one it would still make a decent piece for a Barbeque gun. Just because a gun is a tool doesn't mean they all have to be a worn sorry looking hunk of metal.

My current barbeque gun, it doesn't get carried that much but on occassion I like to dress up and feel pretty.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/jcm9371/Pistols/cz30th03Small.jpg

Although this one has no engraving it's still too pretty for some, even though it is one of my BHP carry guns in .40.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/jcm9371/Pistols/PracticalCocoboloGrips1.jpg


Just my opinion though.

InkEd
November 23, 2010, 07:19 PM
What would I do with it?

Let somebody else overpay for it.

InkEd
November 23, 2010, 07:22 PM
The second BHP looks way better than the first.

XxWINxX94
November 23, 2010, 07:45 PM
Really cool! I really like the engraving on the third picture where it says "357 Magnum."

FROGO207
November 23, 2010, 08:24 PM
If I was to purchase this revolver I would turn around and donate it to an organization that would use it as an auction or raffle item to further the 2A cause or educating new shooters. Otherwise it would sit in the safe exactly 1 week and then I would shoot it in rotating order as with all my other firearms I own. I would not feel I deserved it if I did not shoot it regularly.:D

wep45
November 23, 2010, 08:43 PM
What do you do with a gun like this?

let some other fish bite on that hook.

i like to shoot and enjoy my guns.

nwilliams
November 23, 2010, 08:51 PM
It's a "collectors item" that you're supposed to keep in the case and look at.

Sorry I have no desire for expensive guns that you're not supposed to use.

I love the line: "machine engraved with precision and the finest attention to detail"
If it's machine engraved I would hope that it's done with precision and detail. If you want to impress me then tell me that it's hand engraved with precision and attention to detail. This is like saying that a number was calculated with accuracy.....with a calculator, pretty unimpressive if you ask me:rolleyes:

OldMac
November 23, 2010, 08:58 PM
Give it as a gift and let someone else shoot it. Let me know if you need my address.

As stated before, the "made for collecting" guns don't really become great valued collectibles. The comment about the Win 94s is so true. I think they are great looking guns and some are cheaper than a new stock 30-30. I would love to have the 357 S&W but not for that price and it would be carried and shot regularly.

CraigC
November 24, 2010, 12:39 AM
It's a "collectors item" that you're supposed to keep in the case and look at.

Sorry I have no desire for expensive guns that you're not supposed to use.
I guess I don't understand this logic. It's a functioning firearm, no reason why you can't shoot it.

Dookie
November 24, 2010, 01:43 AM
I love the line: "machine engraved with precision and the finest attention to detail"
If it's machine engraved I would hope that it's done with precision and detail. If you want to impress me then tell me that it's hand engraved with precision and attention to detail. This is like saying that a number was calculated with accuracy.....with a calculator, pretty unimpressive if you ask me:rolleyes:I have been around a LOT of hand made items, mostly in the classic auto industry. "Hand made" means jack squat. It just costs more for lower quality, usually. I have seen hand made Rolls Royce interiors that when taken apart are hand made, literally, with a hatchet from the factory to make them fit. And the stitching was less than elegant. American vehicle interiors were made on machines and the stitching was always superior, as was how the seats were built (this does not include GM vehicles, cheapest interiors ever).

A good hand engraver does beautiful work, and the only difference between it and a machine is bragging rights and imperfections.

I like the engraving on the grips but not the metal. I also did not even notice the lock till it was pointed out.

jimjc
November 24, 2010, 07:59 AM
There are some in this world that have to have "eye candy" so they can sit back and dream of what could have been and some Silas Marners hiding and fondling their STUFF.

I say sell it and buy a couple of guns and ware the rifling out.

Webbj0219
November 24, 2010, 07:27 PM
Show it off. Thats the type of gun that it would feel like a waste to conceal carry

rfwobbly
November 24, 2010, 09:13 PM
If you carried it, you might get the drop on the bad guy when he stopped to admire it.

lucky-gunner
November 25, 2010, 07:47 AM
I would have to say ignore it. Not only is the collectors editions not very good at gaining value. I don't mind a engraved revolver or the Hillary hole. I'd prefer S&W's not to have the Hillary hole, but it really sticks out on a engraved piece. That's the only thing I could see when I saw the revolver.

If it was given to me I'd just leave it in the safe. I don't really believe in owning a firearm that I don't shoot, but I wouldn't really have a desire to shoot it. I prefer shooting the older Smiths and Colts.

bannockburn
November 25, 2010, 12:10 PM
I wouldn't be interested. I would much rather spend my money on a real Model 27 instead of some fancified pretender.

browningguy
November 25, 2010, 12:43 PM
Having thought about it some more... If you consider a pistol to be just like a shovel except that it goes bang, then just buy a Glock/Sigma/XD/Etc. and be done with it. That leaves all the pretty guns to people that like pretty guns, all the people that like shovels with a trigger get what they want, and everybody is happy.

SharpsDressedMan
November 25, 2010, 12:50 PM
There are many that cannot bring themselves to ever let holster wear and such "mar" an engraved or otherwise beautiful gun. They either have a sense of respect for the intrinsic beauty of the piece, and are the kind that might put it under glass or hang it on a wall. They are the curators. There are others that consider ANY gun a tool, and are sometimes pretty rought on them; either deliberately, recklessly, or they just know they are going to ding them up. They might know that they do not want to be carrying a pretty piece, for how it will bother them to accidentally lower its value. There is another group, which I like to belong to, that figure one is going to only live once, who want to live as well as possible, and to be able to carry a fine firearm, be it engraved, customized, or rare, and thoroughly enjoy doing so. I will not be the curator of somebody else's "treasure", and the money I shell out for a custom or decorated piece is just part of the operating expense. There are enough collectible pieces for the collectors to fight over, so if I want to take one "off the market", carry it, shoot it, or customize it, too bad for collectors...or did it just make one of theirs go up in value? Perhaps they should thank me. In the mean time, if I can't afford a Rolex, an Aston Martin, or castle on the hill, I can at least have the cream of the crop in my favorite distraction, and even use it as it was intended. Eye candy? Hell, yes! But I get to CONSUME the candy, too, not just look at it.

Creature
November 25, 2010, 01:00 PM
Admire them from afar.

Airburst
November 25, 2010, 01:44 PM
I would pass it by. I do not like engraved guns of any kind and it has the dreaded internal lock. Definitely not my cup of tea.

Hot brass
November 25, 2010, 03:38 PM
Safe "Queen"

Guillermo
November 25, 2010, 04:10 PM
I would much rather spend my money on a real Model 27 instead of some fancified pretender.

ditto

rozziboy18
November 25, 2010, 07:16 PM
id carry it. but i would carry anything. theres notthing more useless that a show off gun

One-Time
November 25, 2010, 07:35 PM
Id shoot it from time to time, other than that id display it

If you enjoyed reading about "What do you do with a gun like this?" here in TheHighRoad.org archive, you'll LOVE our community. Come join TheHighRoad.org today for the full version!