Lets see your Oldest 357


December 7, 2013, 09:56 PM
Hello friends and neighbors,,
I like .357s and hope a few of you folks do too.

My oldest .357 is a 1961 Colt Python

Anyone have a .357 Colt OMM, Colt 357 or a S&W Registered Magnum?
Love to see some of my "dream" revolvers!

If your like me and can't afford the above, please show us your "Oldest" .357.

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December 7, 2013, 10:08 PM


A 4" Utah Highway Patrol Registered Magnum and a 5" RM that started out in Louisiana and ended up with a Dallas Officer who retired as an Asst. Chief.

December 7, 2013, 10:09 PM
Not too old but my oldest 357

December 7, 2013, 10:53 PM
Not too old but my oldest 357
Cool, those aren't exactly growing on trees!

My oldest is a 1958 Ruger Blackhawk "flat-top that's hardly been used:

December 7, 2013, 11:26 PM
My oldest, and only .357. Model 28 Highway Patrolman. I think it's from '69 or '70, not as old as some, but it's older than me. One of these days I'm going to find some diamond grips with some wear on 'em.
http://i414.photobucket.com/albums/pp225/9mmfan/F883329C-ECD3-4359-9EEA-F6720E01F940-17266-00000D88C9197899_zps8b231259.jpg (http://s414.photobucket.com/user/9mmfan/media/F883329C-ECD3-4359-9EEA-F6720E01F940-17266-00000D88C9197899_zps8b231259.jpg.html)
The .38 is from 1920. It's actually the oldest gun I own.

BTW, nice guns guys. sgt127, I particularly like that 5 incher. Really dig a gun that's had a life.

December 7, 2013, 11:39 PM
Craig you have good taste. My 1958 Blackhawk
http://i266.photobucket.com/albums/ii261/mavracer/SANY0896.jpg (http://s266.photobucket.com/user/mavracer/media/SANY0896.jpg.html)

December 8, 2013, 08:20 AM
No access to photos right now but my oldest .357 would be my Ruger Blackhawk built in the late '60s.


Really sweet looking grips on your Blackhawk!

December 8, 2013, 08:41 AM
Now this is a great start!

Sweet looking RM( very early and unusual), Colt Peace Keeper(only made for a couple of years I believe), vintage Black Hawks one mint FT,, one used and loved and what looks like a Police stamp on the Highway Patrolman.

Can't wait to see what pops up next.

December 8, 2013, 08:53 AM
Couple of Ruger Police Service six from late 70's and early 80's

http://i247.photobucket.com/albums/gg134/bikerdoc1948/IMG_1256.jpg (http://s247.photobucket.com/user/bikerdoc1948/media/IMG_1256.jpg.html)

December 8, 2013, 09:03 AM
The Six series is gaining serious ground, nice pair. I'll bet that snubbie packs a punch!

I enjoy shooting the Service, and Security 4" in .357 but my snubbie Speed Six is .38sp only.

December 8, 2013, 09:03 AM
1964 Python

Second oldest would be my 1968 Trooper

KY Sparky
December 8, 2013, 09:21 AM
Not too old, my 586 from 1987 w/ George Lawrence holster that is much older than the gun, but not sure how much.


Bullet Bob
December 8, 2013, 09:32 AM
My oldest is a first year Colt 3-5-7, 1953 If I remember correctly:


The one I shoot the best is this Browning 92:


And my favorite is this early 70's S&W Model 27:


December 8, 2013, 10:19 AM
First year Colt 357, ty sir an outstanding example! My new screen saver.
Do you ever shoot that one?

The 27-2 is in great shape as well.
I put vintage S&W Combat Grips on my, 3 1/2", 27-2 and the groups improved immediately.

December 8, 2013, 10:25 AM
You know Bullet Bob....distance makes the heart grow fonder.....I'm just over the border in S.C. and would be more than glad to hold on to the 357 for a bit... just to help you miss it of course.:D

December 8, 2013, 11:22 AM
First year (1954) Highway Patrolman is my oldest magnum.
http://i286.photobucket.com/albums/ll108/bamabiker1159/FAs/FAPictures772.jpg (http://s286.photobucket.com/user/bamabiker1159/media/FAs/FAPictures772.jpg.html)
I do have this magnum predecessor, the 38/44 Heavy Duty from the 30s. Some of these have been altered to accept the magnums, this one has not.
http://i286.photobucket.com/albums/ll108/bamabiker1159/FAs/FAPictures939_zps2fe146d8.jpg (http://s286.photobucket.com/user/bamabiker1159/media/FAs/FAPictures939_zps2fe146d8.jpg.html)

Bullet Bob
December 8, 2013, 11:28 AM
"Do you ever shoot that one?"

Yes, but not much, and usually with .38 Specials. At heart, I'm a S&W guy.

December 8, 2013, 11:38 AM
I also have a first year Colt 357, but I think the year is 1954.

December 8, 2013, 12:58 PM
Bamabiker, I have a twin to yours. They are wonderful firearms! A guy who can handle one of those well need not think he is ill prepared for whatever happens.

December 8, 2013, 03:59 PM
My oldest .357 Magnum is a 4" stainless Security Six from 1978.

December 8, 2013, 04:18 PM
I have a pre-Model 27 S&W from 1950. It's rather beat up but still my oldest .357.

December 8, 2013, 09:03 PM
Not too old. Ruger Security Six circa 1978, with Fuzzy Farrant grips. The only .357 I own. ........................ http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m247/matquig/DSC05790.jpg (http://s106.photobucket.com/user/matquig/media/DSC05790.jpg.html)

December 8, 2013, 11:20 PM
If I could only afford a Reg. Magnum, I'd be happy. As it is, this no dash Model 27 is my oldest. It's a four screw from 1961.


December 9, 2013, 01:36 AM
Dframe is correct, 1954 is the 1st. year. I have a COLT.357 with a 4in. bbl. serial # 6XXX. I will try & post a pic. I can never get it to post ?? :confused:

December 9, 2013, 02:39 AM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v30/Throckmorton/Gun%20pictures/DSCN0277.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Throckmorton/media/Gun%20pictures/DSCN0277.jpg.html)

Not a real Flattop,it's a newer model that was modified for fast draw,back in the 70's by a state champ. It's my oldest and only .357 right now. Used hard and still running great.

Lucky Derby
December 9, 2013, 02:50 AM
a 1967 Colt Trooper.

Geezer Glide
December 9, 2013, 06:25 AM
1966 Model 28-2.


December 9, 2013, 06:55 AM
S.D.M- I like the Fuzzy Farrants, have a similar looking set on my Security Six but they are Cocobolo...don't know the maker.

F.I.U.O. Great shot of the 27 no dash, the finish still looks liquid, one of my favorites.
Looks like the 28s and Blackhawks have lasted well.

I rarely shoot my 1976, 28-2 anymore..getting about time to take it for a spin.
My only Blackhawk is a 7 1/2", 30carbine, accurate but loud.
Those 4", .357s sure look handy, need to give the SA .357s a bit more attention. Thanks folks

December 9, 2013, 10:04 AM
This is my oldest, and extremely accurate; S&W Model .357, made in 1953:


December 9, 2013, 10:15 PM
My oldest 357, and oldest gun, is a GP100 from 1994. I don't think it would really fit in with the beautiful classics being posted but I do want to follow this thread so I thought I'd post something. Carry on. Please!

December 10, 2013, 12:52 AM
Yes it would. Think of it as the grandchild of a lot of the guns posted. The GP100 doesn't take a backseat to many, it's a fine gun in its own right.

el Godfather
December 10, 2013, 02:12 AM
2004Boss very nice.

The oldest I have is King Cobra.

December 10, 2013, 05:36 AM
pendennis -- Outstanding example and great pic. How long have you cared for that one?

7mmb -- The 1994 GP100 is certainly welcome,I wish some of mine were older/rarer too.:D

December 10, 2013, 06:51 AM
Shipped 1953 -

S&W Pre-Model 28, Five screw, Highway Patrolman.
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f232/ch47gunner/newM19stuff/PA250010-1.jpg (http://s48.photobucket.com/user/ch47gunner/media/newM19stuff/PA250010-1.jpg.html)

December 10, 2013, 07:27 AM
Colt Trooper. 1964 I believe.

Bullet Bob
December 10, 2013, 12:42 PM


December 10, 2013, 12:52 PM
Thanks for the correction ..changed it .. need a better memory!

Peter M. Eick
December 10, 2013, 01:08 PM

50 shots 15 yrds offhand with a hot load of 2400.

This is my 1939 Registered Magnum. It was one of the original 5500 odd 357 Magnums back when that was it. It is the 1939 Camp Perry Prize gun and was speced out by the winner. He had good tastes for accuracy as you can see.

41 Rem Mag
December 10, 2013, 02:57 PM
They are not the oldest or the prettiest but they be mine!!!

Old Model Blackhawk 1963
Colt Python 1977

December 10, 2013, 07:22 PM
1968 S&W Mod 19-3.

December 10, 2013, 08:00 PM
1966 Smith & Wesson Mod 19-1 4" Nickel finish. It was my duty weapon until the Mod 66 came along. Still my favorite revolver!

December 10, 2013, 10:06 PM
http://i227.photobucket.com/albums/dd224/mmb713/100_0186.jpg (http://s227.photobucket.com/user/mmb713/media/100_0186.jpg.html)

Ok, here's my 1994 GP100 with its companion '95 SP101, my first two guns. At the time I thought I had a perfect handgun battery. Then I kept reading gun magazines. The madness still hasn't stopped...

Driftwood Johnson
December 11, 2013, 12:29 AM

Flat Top 357 from 1962.


Model 27 No Dash, shipped June of 1959.


December 11, 2013, 07:08 PM
Can't really say how old for all of them but they have been at my house for decades.
5" M27/6" M28 (Highway Patrolman)/Python (in the pic is my M15)/my old M19 I carried as an LEO in the early 1970s.

http://i599.photobucket.com/albums/tt74/hanshi_photo/84bd7cab-67c1-479b-af34-b82075d92dc8_zpsc860fcc2.jpg (http://s599.photobucket.com/user/hanshi_photo/media/84bd7cab-67c1-479b-af34-b82075d92dc8_zpsc860fcc2.jpg.html)
http://i599.photobucket.com/albums/tt74/hanshi_photo/ca4b3e33-2dc2-4248-bee8-e43f24064ac6_zps5f2b8c6f.jpg (http://s599.photobucket.com/user/hanshi_photo/media/ca4b3e33-2dc2-4248-bee8-e43f24064ac6_zps5f2b8c6f.jpg.html)
http://i599.photobucket.com/albums/tt74/hanshi_photo/58d260a7-29ce-4742-9ac8-1c938f1d0199_zps87634c50.jpg (http://s599.photobucket.com/user/hanshi_photo/media/58d260a7-29ce-4742-9ac8-1c938f1d0199_zps87634c50.jpg.html)http://i599.photobucket.com/albums/tt74/hanshi_photo/8572a8da-5026-4fc2-aeb0-4a769d71e073_zpse96aa386.jpg (http://s599.photobucket.com/user/hanshi_photo/media/8572a8da-5026-4fc2-aeb0-4a769d71e073_zpse96aa386.jpg.html)

December 11, 2013, 08:32 PM
pendennis -- Outstanding example and great pic. How long have you cared for that one?

7mmb -- The 1994 GP100 is certainly welcome,I wish some of mine were older/rarer too.:D
I've had the .357 for about three years now. It came out of an estate sale, and it's a one-owner gun. It was used for bulls eye competition, and even had a trigger shoe attached.

I've put about 300 rounds through it, a mix of everything from wadcutters, to 158gr JHP's.

December 11, 2013, 11:44 PM
1970 Colt Python 4" workhorse ....



December 12, 2013, 08:26 AM
Liberty (1976) Blackhawk:


December 14, 2013, 07:38 AM
Some sweet additions, thanks folks!

Peter M. Eick... thanks for posting the 1939 RM, the Camp Perry connection is a huge bonus. (The box of Winchester, S&W .357 staynless in my pic is from 1939 as well)

7mmb...nice pair, you were we armed with those two.

Driftwood Johnson .. the 1962 Flat Top BH still looks new!
Outstanding to have the box with your 27 no dash as well...wish I had more boxes.

Salmoneye...I like guns from 1976... always a bonus to me. The grips and Damascus knife look as sweet as the revolver.

December 14, 2013, 07:45 AM
Hanshi..I'm liking the 5" 27 the best... nice well cared for group.

41 Rem mag....Nice grips on the Python, they look smooth in the pic.

Hamfisted... made to get you home from the job everyday!

December 15, 2013, 03:18 AM
S&W 13-3 from the 80s is my only .357, and the only one I need. Shiny RM and holster worn Pythons can't tempt me. No, they can't!

Doesn't mean it's the only one I want. :D

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