The M60 has been around since about 1965. Seen many used police guns years ago. Current models have an asking price over $500 if you look at gunbroker. Buds gun shop has last price at $600 for new. There are lighter & cheaper models with alloy frames. Not the one in photo tho. http://i338.photobucket.com/albums/n420/joe1944usa/Saved%20stuff-private/CarryGuns.jpg
May 25, 2012, 11:15 PM
(sorry rc, but some do come standard with longer grips)Awwww!
You got me!!!
I'm still stuck in the 70's, when a Model 60 was a Model 60 stainless Chiefs Special I guess!
May 26, 2012, 03:53 AM
Luving that pinned Model 60 :)
May 26, 2012, 08:41 AM
Later 60's came with a pinned front sight that can be changed out. Its been one of my all time favorites. Stainless gives you options. Its easy to carry and touch up. Properly polished it has a luster that to me exceeds factory nickel. I hand polished mine with Mother's Mag Polish and a terri-cloth towel.
You can't beat the gun for a small CCW and with practice they are very accurate.
As far as cost??? $500 would be my max on a used one. You can find them in the $400+ range on Gun Broker, but then you have shipping and transfer cost on top of that. Being able to lay hands on it and inspect it is worth something.
May 26, 2012, 03:42 PM
I remember when they first came out with the model 60 around 1965. If you could find one you probably paid way too much. I had a friend that bought one of the first ones and paid $500. in 1965 Dollars. There was so much demand for them. I waited and bought one when the price came way down - less than list. $500. is an insane price for a 1965 revolver. I think the list price was less than $150. at the time.
May 27, 2012, 12:10 AM
The S&W Model 60 spans a gamut of possibilities. You have early ones in .38 Special and later ones in .357 mag. There are those that have been shot extensively and others that are almost mint. As for box and papers, they make no difference. If the gun has been polished to the point they look like nickel, I'll be more likely to buy it. I also like guns to be tight and not shot a lot.
I'm old enough to remember the obscene prices the 60s commanded when they first came out. Most of the time you had to know someone. I just didn't have the pull to get one, nor was I willing to spend the money to get one. Later, I was able to get a 629 .44 mag, but had to agree to leave it on the dealer's shelf for a week so people could see it. When I went in to pick it up, people asked if they could inspect it...and many were green with envy. I never shot that gun, either, and kept it in my safe until I traded it for a S&W 3906 9mm and a S&W 317 .22LR. I still wish I hadn't made the trade at times, but then, I've come to really like the little 317. The 3906 is also outstanding.
Stainless was long in coming and the Model 60 was the first one that began the craze. The Chief's Special was always a gorgeous little gun, even in blue. It was featured in the series Get Smart and later in Tango and Cash. In Get Smart, Max often drew his Chief's Special when there was a knock on the door or when Kaos agents began to shoot at him. So people who were young in the 60s already had a special connection with the Chief's Special. It was also acceptable in those days to have toy guns, and many were patterned after that snub nose! I think that added to the popularity of the pistol.
So that little gun created a link with many of us that is still there. We can still remember it in the movies and television shows of that period. I still have a Marx toy gun (they were called "Golden Guns"), and the snub nosed gun was patterned after the Chief's Special. And years later, Silvester Stallone stopped a truck in the first ten minutes of Tango and Cash with a Chief Special. It's not clear what he did, but he emptied the rounds that were in the gun and he loaded other rounds that he carried in his pocket. The rounds still didn't poke holes in the front windows of the truck, but they caused the men in the truck to slam on the brakes, sending them out the glass windows (which weren't real truck windows, but glass that shattered when they came plummeting out the front). When the police arrived, Stallone then shot through the truck's metal storage area, causing high grade cocaine to spill out. Who wouldn't want a gun that could do that?
Maybe he was switching to armor piercing ammo, but they didn't go through the windows, only put dents into them. If the guys hadn't slammed on the brakes, the movie would have only been called Cash!
Far too expensive for a used model, I agree with the $400 suggestion.
May 30, 2012, 06:05 PM
More information needed, specifically which iteration of 60, a -1, -2, etc.? Box numbered to the gun, papers and tools included, or just the gun?
(Unrelated, but worth knowing that the 3" 60s have target sights; not all 60s are fixed.)
Rubber grips have been factory standard for years, but that doesn't mean these are factory; before the mid-90s, wood was standard, but you have to go back to the late '70s/early '80s to find grips still numbered to the gun -- S&W phased that out (unfortunately).
What do you mean by "perfect" condition? Looks good and feels all right when you dry fire? Or you've been over the finish with a flashlight inch-by-inch, and have checked specs on the cone-cylinder gap, headspace, firing pin protrusion, et al., and the thing's a beauty?
Without knowing the answer to these questions it's hard to say if $500 is a fair price, a good deal, or way too much. But going by the law of averages, if it's a typical slightly older used 60 in good working condition (but no more), the asking price is high.
May 30, 2012, 07:49 PM
I am gonna pass on it. I feel it's too high, and want a bigger frame revolver anyway. I already have a 642-1 Pro.
May 31, 2012, 10:04 AM
The 60 was originally a .38 Special - S&W's first SS revolver. It's gone through some 'engineering' changes. Open the cylinder - look under the yoke - it will have '60-x' and the s/n, if it is a newer model. They became available in .357 Magnum chambering by going to the larger J-Magnum frame in 1996 with the 60-9 - got the IL, etc, by 2001 and the 60-15. At least one current model, the '60 Pro', comes with a front tritium Night Sight, slab-sided 3" barrel, and nifty wood grips:
I bought mine new 1/11 for $640 OTD at a LGS. Knowing the value it is, I couldn't pay $500 for a used 60. Mine came with an improved trigger - pretty nice right out of the box. The Remington R38S12 +P 38 Special 158gr LHPSWC's are my idea of perfect protection, in the home and out, and shoot fine, recoil-wise, as the 60 Pro comes equipped. In fact, I liked the grips so much, I fitted all of my J-frames with them. The 60 Pro is a nice package.
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