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S&W Model 60 Snubby with adjustable sights, scarce gun (pics)

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Cocked & Locked, Sep 5, 2007.

  1. Cocked & Locked

    Cocked & Locked Well-Known Member

    Here's a couple of pics of my S&W model 60-1 snubby. S&W made only 660 of the model 60's in this barrel length with adjustable sights. They are scarce and were made in 1986 for Ashland Dist. Co.

    Recent production 60's with adjustable sights have 3" barrels.

    Two variations of 60-1's were made. An earlier 60-1 marked gun was made in 1972. Those have a 3" barrel, fixed sights, and a square butt. Those are rare as only 171 were made. Wish I had one of those!

    Smith & Wesson model 60-1, 1 7/8" barrel, adjustable sights.



    351 WINCHESTER Well-Known Member

    Nice looking gun, but adjustable sights aren't a good idea for a snubby. The rear sight will chew up your clothing and could impeed your draw from a concealed carry. Adjustable sights are more prone to breakage too. Most of the snubbies are regulated at the factory for 158 gr. loads. Some are right on and some are not. I've never seen one that was too far off.
  3. 35Rem

    35Rem Well-Known Member

    Good Lord, what a front site!
  4. Old Fuff

    Old Fuff Well-Known Member

    An awful lot of knowledgeable peace officers, and others as well, carried model 19 and 66 revolvers with 2 ½” barrels and adjustable sights. In earlier days there were also users of the original .357 Magnum (pre-model 27) with a 3 ½” barrel that might disagree with your opinion of adjustable sights on a short, but concealed revolver. Then of course there is the model 15 with adjustable sights and a 2” barrel. Many FBI agents went for the 3” model 36 with adjustable sights....

    But then, what do they know? :scrutiny: ;)
  5. Cocked & Locked

    Cocked & Locked Well-Known Member

    uhh...thanks for your thoughts (I think). :scrutiny:

    I suppose your opinion is valid for you to some degree and I assume you speak from experience? If I asked for opinions on carrying this gun as a concealed weapon, then your answer may have been a more valid one.

    I don't carry this gun concealed because it is worth too much. I like seldom seen S&W's and this is one.

    So there... :neener:
  6. Old Fuff

    Old Fuff Well-Known Member


    If you go to www.armsbid.com, and check out the prices from their last auction earlier this year, you'll find at least one model 36 with adjustable sights. It didn't go cheap as I remember.

    As for the high blade front sight. Because of it you can engage targets out to 100 yards and beyond, by holding the blade up in the rear notch. You can't do that with today's popular low-blade sights, but apparently no one tries to go further then 15 yards... :rolleyes:
  7. Ala Dan

    Ala Dan Member in memoriam

    Very nice look'in piece, there my friend~! Enjoy ;):D
  8. Atticus

    Atticus Well-Known Member

    Beautiful. You need to bang that thing up a little to give it some character.:)
  9. cpirtle

    cpirtle Well-Known Member

    Beautiful gun... but... those are the sexiest damn grips I've ever seen, were those included originally or did you put them on? Would love to find a set.

    According to SCSW the front blade on S&W's adjustable sight snub nose guns looks large but it's the same height as their longer barrel brothers. Just read that tonight when I was researching a new 2" 34 I picked up today.
  10. Cocked & Locked

    Cocked & Locked Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the comments folks! I like those grips too and they are NOT original to the gun.

    These grips are from a S&W J frame gun that was a limited special run for Talo Dist. Co. I recently bought them from a guy that has a Talo J-frame. He took them off his gun and replaced them with something else.

    The checkering looks flat in the photo, but it is not.

  11. W.E.G.

    W.E.G. Well-Known Member

    Very attractive gun - and excellent photography.

    I remember when '86 those guns were on the market. I wanted one, and could afford it. However, I was a cop living in DC at the time, and I already had an "off-duty" gun - of which we were only permitted to possess one. This one is actually a registered DC handgun - although other laws prohibit me from carrying it in DC. Been more than two decades since I pushed a scout car for the MPD.


    Many moons later, the three-inch barrel version you mentioned appeared.
    I did not miss my chance on the second opportunity.

  12. DrLaw

    DrLaw Well-Known Member


    Looks kind of weird when you are used to smaller front sights.

    Who, where or what was Ashland Dist?

    The Doc is out now. :cool:
  13. M1 Shooter

    M1 Shooter Well-Known Member

    Last edited: Sep 6, 2007
  14. magsnubby

    magsnubby Well-Known Member

    That thing is beautiful. I'm so jealous.
  15. DAdams

    DAdams Well-Known Member


    That's nice. Always nice to know and see a high value piece in case I stumble over one in pawnshop for $375. :D
    Wheel, wheel gun, I get it. Nice pics. Love the grips.
  16. Gator

    Gator Well-Known Member

    Wow, sweet! :D It is amazing how accurate adjustable sighted snubbies can be, try it out, you can win some bets.
  17. lesjones

    lesjones Well-Known Member

    Those are some sweet grips.
  18. Srigs

    Srigs Well-Known Member

    I love my Model 60 no-dash.



    Enjoy yours and good find.
  19. GaryP

    GaryP Well-Known Member

    I guess I'll just have to make do with my M60-4 purchased in 1993. :D

  20. Cocked & Locked

    Cocked & Locked Well-Known Member


    Actually, that thought didn't occur to me :scrutiny: I'm impressed!

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