New member's S&W 27


February 21, 2012, 07:53 PM
I am a new member, and thought I would share a few images of one of my favorite pistols. Its a S&W model 27, 3.5" barrel, 3T's, and S prefix in serial number which I have heard is desirable. It is not perfect but it is in much better condition than most of what I have seen at the shows for outrageous prices. It has one booger on the right side of the frame (maybe some rust scrubbed too hard), and a turn line on the cylinder which I have shown in the photos. The color changes on the frame and barrel are from light oiling and the blueing is solid and perfect aside from the listed imperfections.

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February 21, 2012, 08:02 PM
I love it! You can always do a spot-re-bluing of the rubbed spot. Congratulations! (I'm green with envy!)

February 21, 2012, 08:06 PM
OldCavSoldier!!! Pleeeease tell me about this spot reblue process. Is is something that would make the imperfection look less noticeable, while not having a negative impact on value of the pistol? I will admit, the imperfection is much less noticeable in person than under the scrutiny of a bright lamp.

February 21, 2012, 08:10 PM
Nice looking N frame there! I have a model 28 that I enjoy very much!

February 21, 2012, 08:28 PM
That's a beauty in a not very common barrel length. Thanks for sharing!

February 21, 2012, 08:35 PM
Nice N-frame, congrats!

February 21, 2012, 08:43 PM
Thanks for the compliments guys. If a couple of you will give me an idea of what that gun is worth.......Ill tell you what I paid. Unless I overpaid too much for it, then Ill be embarassed. I have a feeling I paid top dollar for it, but, I wanted it. :)

February 21, 2012, 09:05 PM
Well, I just bought a 27-2, 8-3/8", low N serial number gun in what is supposed to be excellent condition and paid $775. Maybe I was porked, especially if the condition is not what I expect, but like you, I wanted that gun. I will know next week when I receive it.

The short barrel ones seem to command a premium right now I think, I wasn't looking for one like that so I can't say for sure.

You could try a gunbroker search if you have a login and choose to see only completed auctions, that may give you a good idea. Be careful about the display since it may include guns that both sold and didn't sell. I'm not certain if it's possible to filter only the ones that sold.

Either way, that's a fine looking gun, you should be justifiably proud of it!

February 21, 2012, 09:09 PM
$575 to $875

February 21, 2012, 09:22 PM
Ok. I paid $700 for the pistola, original + add-on grips, hard case, holster, 10 HK speedloaders, and about 500 38 spl reloads.

February 21, 2012, 09:25 PM
:what:I don't know about where you are, but gun theft is still a crime around here!!:evil:

You did very very well.:)

February 21, 2012, 09:28 PM
I think you did very well, especially with all the extras, mine came with an old cardboard box and a "thanks for the business" email, lol.

LTR shooter
February 21, 2012, 09:55 PM
One of the All Time Great classic revolvers! You have some real class there! Mine is a less collectable 27-3 with the long 8 3/8" but I am still glad to have it. Thanks for sharing!

February 21, 2012, 09:59 PM
That pistol is a 27-2. The old man I bought it from told me it was a smoking deal because he liked me...I wasnt so sure. $700 is a chunk of change in this day and time. Glad to know I'm in it at a good price though. It didnt come with a factory box or any tools of the sort.

February 21, 2012, 10:12 PM
Very nice 27 you got there. Very good price to, in my experience.

CSA 357
February 21, 2012, 10:37 PM
they are so sexy, mine is a s prefix 31/2 nickel and a 4 inch blue shooter

February 21, 2012, 11:07 PM

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February 23, 2012, 10:46 PM

Yes indeed, it is a 27-2 and I'm glad you mentioned this fact. They are fine revolvers!

You mentioned the "3-T"s, but LUCKILY for you (IMHO), it does not have the Target trigger! Instead, it has the narrower "combat" trigger that was intentionally put on the earlier 27-2 revolvers!

Why? Well S&W correctly reasoned back then that a 3 1/2" barreled N frame revolver is a fighting revolver . . . and thus will be used for fast, double action work, so they put the narrow trigger on the 3 1/2" versions.

This changed in the mid-1970s when S&W started also putting the target trigger and target hammer on the 3 1/2" barrel ones too . . . a marketing move that had no sense from a shooter's standpoint!.:fire:

At the same point in time they also ditched the original service stocks ("Magnas") for the bulky, fat-tazz "Target" stocks like came on the longer barreled 27-2 versions.:fire:

IMHO, you ended up with a target revolver in every other way BUT with a chopped off target barrel. Looked/looks incredibly stupid IMHO . . . sort of like putting tires and wheels from a semi-truck on a sports car!;) Others on the forums are sometimes not as "diplomatic" as I too!

So . . . you got "lucky" . . . you got an earlier 27-2 3 1/2" version with the narrow trigger that allows better, faster and more accurate double action shooting (for defense AND for matches).

Now . . . please consider putting those "original grips" back on your 27-2 and you'll have a classic that folks "in the know" will drool over. Or . . . save the original stocks to increase its value if/when you ever sell it. But . . . the revolver will be worth more with the magnas on it and they are a wonderful grip profile too!

BTW, on the inside of your unshown, original magna stocks should be the serial number of your 27-2 recorded. Back then, S&W fit the magnas to the gun!

Here's my own 27-2, from 1970 in its original bright nickel plated finish and with its original magnas . . . a gorgeous gun in every way and, IMHO, THE perfect Model 27 . . . best looking, best balanced and most desirable barrel length ever offered in a Model 27-2 (though others would argue for the 5" version)

Again . . . you've got a nice 27-2!

February 23, 2012, 10:59 PM
Very nice revolver Hollerpoint, and welcome to the forum. It reminds me - in a good way - of one of those old-school FBI guns.

Ala Dan
February 24, 2012, 02:04 PM
Greeting's All-

I too, own a Smith & Wesson model 27-2 [1977 production, per Supica
and Nahas] with a 3.5" barrel. This weapon is in UNFIRED condition, and
came with all tools, blank warranty card, brocheures, and the blue velvet
lined hard case. BTW, this weapon is FACTORY ORIGINAL and has NO
cylinder drag line. However, its S/N starts with an "N"; indicating its
from the Bangor-Punta era of S&W.

Cocked & Locked
February 24, 2012, 06:32 PM
Nice looking .3.5" Mdl 27. These, along with the 2.5" Mdl 19 are to me the best looking revolvers S&W has ever made. They have the "right look" about them.

February 24, 2012, 06:52 PM
Great looking revolvers in the above posts.

February 24, 2012, 06:57 PM
I have three 27's. One is a 5 inch and the other two are 31/2 inchers. Both of the shorties were unfired when I got them.

I carry the nickel one a good deal of the time. I bought it so I wouldn't scuff the purty one.

February 24, 2012, 10:57 PM
Welcome to the forum. The M27 is a true classic. I thought some
would like to see this one:

M27-2, 6", circa 1978, never fired

February 25, 2012, 09:11 AM
The 27 (and variants) is my favorite revolver. I currently have seven of them.

If it is a 27-2 that means it was made 1962-1981. The S prefix was used until 1970.

I don't recognize the stocks on the OP's gun. Custom?

February 25, 2012, 06:43 PM

This is a perfect opportunity for you to post some gun pics.

It is always fun admiring your toys.

February 25, 2012, 06:48 PM
Nice one Hollerpoint! And I think you did fine on the price. Here's my 27-2 with N prefix that I bought new in 79 or 80. It is in mint, only fired by me, condition. Has its' original wood presentation case, all paperwork, tools, and even the cardboard sleeve the wood box came in. My favorite modern revolver.

February 25, 2012, 07:27 PM
Nice ozarkguy, that picture made my Saturday afternoon.

February 25, 2012, 08:28 PM
This thread is great. Lot's of great information. Thanks for the compliments guys. I'm trying to buy another gun from the same old man that sold me this one. It seems to be a rarity as I cannot find another one just like it for sale anywhere on the web. It's a S&W 629 DX. Factory 5" barrel with original box. Great condition. I think he's wanting $950 because of the rarity. He said he bought it new in '91 or '92. It's a 44 mag.

February 26, 2012, 11:01 AM
Very nice,the 27's are one of my favorite S&W's.

February 26, 2012, 11:31 AM
Very nice. Now I want one!!!

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