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Any comments on S&W Performance Center?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Kacerdias, Sep 7, 2005.

  1. Kacerdias

    Kacerdias Well-Known Member

    I'm concidering sending my Mod 637 to S&W's Performance Center for a master revolver action job. Does anyone have any positives or negatives about their work? Were you satisfied with the end result?
  2. Ric

    Ric Well-Known Member

    bought a 627 from the Performance Center and I'm very pleased with it. Sent it back for some laser engraving and it's probably my favorite.

  3. Joe45acp

    Joe45acp Well-Known Member

    They have done action jobs on my 629 and my 696 and they came out awsome. I would highly recomend them.

  4. Smurfslayer

    Smurfslayer Well-Known Member

    +1 to what Joe said. Sent my 625JM in for the same work you want on your 637. Just a word of caution.... DON'T do it unless you're prepared to spend a lot more for your ammunition budget. :evil:
  5. LeadPumper

    LeadPumper Well-Known Member

    Performance Center


    The S&W PC shop is one of those hidden gems. They do awesome work and I have yet to be displeased with the quality.

    I did have to send a PC 629-5 back once. The SA sear broke and needed replacing. I shipped it back from my local shop (no charge), S&W did the repairs (no charge) and shipped it back within three weeks (no charge).

    And I had bought the gun used (LNIB).

    YMMV, but I think highly of the PC shop.

  6. Kacerdias

    Kacerdias Well-Known Member

    I just called the S&W Performance center. I told them that I was interested in a master action job on my J-frame .38 and was told that it "wasn't worth it" by the rep over the phone. From what she said, there isn't much they're able to do to lighten and smooth out the trigger on a 637.

    Since S&W don't want to touch it, does anyone here have any recommended gunsmiths who specialize in S&W revolver lockwork or can work some fantastic mojo on a J-frame? Brand new and out of the box - no revolver should feel like this. I've handled a bone-stock Taurus .357 which had a trigger pull that was worlds lighter than my Smith.
  7. Boarhunter

    Boarhunter Well-Known Member


    The last two Taurus revolvers I purchased (905 9mm revolvers) likewise had better and lighter trigger pulls than anything I have gotten from Smith in many, many years. And I like Smith products. But that has been my experience, too.

  8. roo_ster

    roo_ster Well-Known Member

    It was the trigger that won me over from a S&W642 to a Taurus 651.
  9. Ky Larry

    Ky Larry Well-Known Member

    My Model 17-2 and my Model 29 came from the factory with better triggers and smoother actions and are more accurate than anything I've seen from the Performance Center. IMHO, S&W's stock work was better 25 years ago than their "custom" work is today. YMMV.
  10. ewayte

    ewayte Well-Known Member

    Trigger specialist

    Contact Teddy Jacobson Actions by T. He's semi-retired but is a true artisan when it comes to trigger work. He's worked on my Ruger SP101 and my wife's S&W 60LS.

    Highly recommended.
  11. fedlaw

    fedlaw Well-Known Member

    I thought the PC did a nice job on my 629PP. I sent it back to S&W when the timing went south. After the repair, under warranty, I had them walk it over to the PC shop for a bit of finessing. 1.5" groups @ 50 yds. handheld, (edge to edge), no problem; more accurate at every distance than my very accurate Hammerli .22. It did take 6 weeks, but the big .44 stoked with .44 specials is unbelievably accurate and totally reliable.
  12. rbert0005

    rbert0005 Well-Known Member

    Just a thought.

    Chuck the 637 and pick up a snubby model 10 or 15 and then you will be able to get a gun with one of the slickest actions possible.

    Love those K Frames.

  13. Smurfslayer

    Smurfslayer Well-Known Member

    The J frames use a different lock work... I've owned Taurus, shot rugers and own smiths. The best triggers without a doubt were on the S&W PC guns, period. The Taurus guns I've owned have been fine examples, but the trigger pull on all of them is 15 pounds minimum in DA, and I'd be willing to bet money it's more. If the PC said there isn't much room for improvement, that should be high value information.

    There's a butt-load of K-frames out there just waiting for a loving home.
  14. Shear_stress

    Shear_stress Well-Known Member

    I've got nothing but good things to say about S&W's gunsmithing services. I've had two guns in their capable hands over the last year, and have a third (a pretty worn M&P) at the factory right now. Not only did they tune my M63 for free, but they turned it around in less than two weeks!

    Officially, they don't work on pre-1958 guns, but they were willing to take on a five-screw, pre-model number k-frame of mine. The gun came back like new. Literally, like new. I am confident they will do the same for that M&P I sent them recently. One note, though. If you want the gun reblued, don't plan on getting it back that week. If you are patient, however, the results are worth the wait.
  15. Rembrandt

    Rembrandt Well-Known Member

    Great workmanship, smooth crisp trigger....would highly recomend the Performance Center.
  16. Sheldrake

    Sheldrake Member

    What is the approximate shop time for the revolver master action job? My 629 mountain gun could stand a little smoothing of both the single and double action trigger pulls.


  17. Shear_stress

    Shear_stress Well-Known Member

    Like all shopwork, this can depend on a number of things. However, you can opt for the "Express Package" with a five day turnaround.


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