Smith and Wesson .357 Highway Patrol


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rhp997
January 14, 2014, 09:34 PM
Recently traded for a .357 revolver. I was hoping someone could give me some info on approximate age and value.193571193572193573193574

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natman
January 15, 2014, 10:10 AM
Most Highway Patrolman (better known as Model 28) are matte blue. There were a few factory nickel plated, but IIRC, they had departmental markings (Florida Highway Patrol?) and were satin nickel.

Yours appears to have been heavily repolished and then nickeled. This is detrimental to any collector value. Should still be a solid shooter.

BigG
January 15, 2014, 10:46 AM
Ditto. Look it up at a fairly low condition for blue book value. S/b a nice shooter.

Jim Watson
January 15, 2014, 10:49 AM
Made around 1979, +/- a year or two.
I won't guess a dollar value. I am sure you traded something you thought of equal value for it.

Onmilo
January 15, 2014, 11:21 AM
Pretty gun.

Hanshi
January 15, 2014, 06:56 PM
Probably the best choice in a .357. They are designed to shoot. Yours is a great gun for that.

rhp997
January 16, 2014, 07:42 PM
I traded a Ruger 10/22...

highorder
January 16, 2014, 08:09 PM
I'd trade a 10/22 for a Model 28. :)

Radagast
January 18, 2014, 12:26 PM
The N5xxxxx range was used from 1978-1980. With a low serial number I would guesstimate 1978.
Good trade. In fact, as long as its mechanically sound, very good trade. It's probably worth 2 new 10-22s.

Rob62
January 27, 2014, 05:59 PM
It may be worth a call to S&W to see if hey can tell you whether the nickel finish is factory original or not.

Just an idea.

Rob

rbernie
January 27, 2014, 06:38 PM
AFAIK, factory S&W nickel plated guns always got an uppercase N stamped on the rear face of the cylinder.

Ohen Cepel
January 27, 2014, 06:47 PM
Very good trade, if it is factory nickle then an excellent trade!

Can buy 10/22's all day long, hard to find 28's at a good price these days.

Jim Watson
January 27, 2014, 07:26 PM
Pretty shiny. The 50 known nickel HPs in 1979 were brush nickel like the brush blue of the standard model. The FHP guns were polished but had 5" barrels and are vanishingly scarce.

I found a picture of a factory "change of finish" on a HP that looked like the OP's.
(S&W did not plate the hammer and trigger, so this one at least LOOKS right.)

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