Engraved S&W Model 57 info


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cat9x
March 9, 2012, 09:23 AM
Hey guys I was recently given this gorgeous Smith Model 57. I know nothing about Smiths but now have a growing interest. If anyone could give me any info on this pistol I'd greatly appreciate it.

This appears hand engraved, is this correct? A very very ballpark idea of what they might be valued at? Does Smith designate engraved pistols by "grade"?

The serial number is N707XXX, mfg date? MANY THANKS Y'ALL!

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steveno
March 9, 2012, 11:32 AM
since the trademark is on the left side of the gun it is possible that it is factory engraved. post the pictures and information on the S & W forum as there are some very knowledgeable people on that website

TXSWFAN
March 9, 2012, 01:18 PM
That's a nice looking .41. It was made in 1980. S&W has four levels of engraving. Master (100% coverage), A (75%) B (50%) and C (25%). Yours looks like it has A coverage.

Paul Piquette was a S&W engraver in the early '80s and yours look like his work, but I am not even close to being an expert on these matters.

Get it factory lettered. It's the only way to be sure.

cat9x
March 9, 2012, 01:40 PM
I can't thank y'all enough! I'm going to take your recommendation and attain a factory letter. I'll post the details when I find out.

Jim NE
March 9, 2012, 02:18 PM
Hey guys I was recently given this gorgeous Smith Model 57. I know nothing about Smiths but now have a growing interest.

Can't imagine why :)

Congratulations on a magnificent acquisition.

icanthitabarn
March 9, 2012, 02:34 PM
The only thing anyone gives me are headaches and the flu. ;)

scramasax
March 9, 2012, 05:02 PM
It looks exactly like my A coverage m57. Too bad you didn't getthe factory box. It is still a very claasic revolver.

Cheers,

ts

BYJO4
March 9, 2012, 08:04 PM
Great looking model 57. Getting a factory letter confirming that the engraving was done by S&W will add to value.

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