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Would you fire this gun?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by cowtown22, Mar 28, 2010.

  1. cowtown22

    cowtown22 Member

    S&W model 27 -2 n.i.b. d.o.b. 1975 mint mint mint Thanks
  2. MrBorland

    MrBorland Moderator


    If NIB means never fired, with box and papers...

    and if it was a particularly hard-to-find gun, cost a pretty penny up front, but will likely appreciate in value...

    and if I had other guns I shoot a lot (I do)...

    and if I don't mind spending money on a gun that I'll never shoot...

    ...I probably wouldn't. YMMV, though.

    This 27-2 sounds like a nice find, and many feel the M27 to be the quintessential .357, but I don't think it's a particularly rare gun. Tough call.
  3. FoMoGo

    FoMoGo Well-Known Member

    Its a gun... its meant to be shot... I refuse to own a safe queen.

  4. dfjaws

    dfjaws Active Member

    Either you own the gun or the gun owns you, I say shoot it! They're mean't to be shot. Even old guns. It's like firing a piece of history.
  5. Iggy

    Iggy Well-Known Member

    Sell it on the S&W forum and have money to buy a shooter and ammo to boot.
  6. SaxonPig

    SaxonPig Well-Known Member

    Yes. I shoot my guns. I have purchased numerous older guns that were unfired when I acquired them (including several Model 27s, BTW) and I have shot every one of them. I wasn't looking for unfired examples, I just happened to find them at my price.

    I wouldn't shoot a collector gun if I paid collector price for it. Then again I would never pay collector price.
  7. Old Fuff

    Old Fuff Well-Known Member

    Keep in mind that some of out members simply hate money. :what:

    O maybe it's a case of just being dumb. :uhoh:

    For longer them some of them have been alive the Old Fuff has been able to partly support his gun buying habit by knowing what to shoot, and what not to.

    If it's really unfired, an older Smith & Wesson revolver, especially an N-frame, and extra especially if it's an early model 27 or pre-27.... well it's like money in the bank, and better - particularly at today’s interest rates.

    In this case the 3 1/2 and 5 inch barrel lengths are especially popular, and draw the most $$$$$. A box with papers and accessories will add substantially, but not having them won't reduce the basic value of the gun.

    If you watch the larger collector auctions (and I don't mean ones like Gunbroker or Guns America) you would know, as I do, that classic and antique high quality guns are going through the roof - even in the present down economy.

    Shooting a perfect unfired collectable will reduce it's value, and it's the collectors - not the I-shoot-everything-I-got crowd that have the desire, and big bucks to pay for what they want.

    On the other hand if what ever you have has already been used or shot some, the extra-high value of an unfired/unused piece is gone, and shooting it a bit more won't decrease the value enough to matter so long as the additional use is only occasional.

    As for shooting antiques - using current smokeless cartridges in what was made to shoot black powder can reduce a valuable collectable to scrap, and if you break a spring or some other part, finding a replacement and a qualified gunsmith to fix it will likely prove to be expensive, and without a fix the value is substantially diminished.

    On the other hand since I know how to repair some of these older guns I've taken some of the I-had-to-shoot-it-'cus-it-was-made-to-shoot guys to the cleaners after I bought the remains on-the-cheap because they had too do what they had too do.... :evil:

    So do what you want. But keep in mind that they're two kinds of people. Those that always buy what they have out-of-pocket, and those that buy using profits from what they buy. I'm way too smart to shoot everything I've got.
  8. MCgunner

    MCgunner Well-Known Member

    I don't own guns to look at. If it was worth a lot of money and I picked it up cheap, I'd sell it and buy something I could shoot. JMHO.
  9. Old Fuff

    Old Fuff Well-Known Member

    Obviously MCgunner doesn't hate money.... :D

    Yup' that was my point. If you buy something that isn't a particularly good shooter (or maybe even is) for the right price and then turn around and make money on the transaction you can go out and buy a better "shooter," or whatever.

    If you do something to reduce the value of the first purchase (such as shooting a mint/perfect collectable) you likely can't. :scrutiny: ;)
  10. Old Fuff

    Old Fuff Well-Known Member

    Recently while watching a collector's auction I watched a gentleman pay over $1,200.00 for a Smith & Wesson pre-war Military & Police .38 revolver. :what:

    There was nothing exceptional about it except it was in "like new" condition.

    Would I pay that price to get that gun? No way!!!

    But if I had one I sure would sell it for that! :evil:
  11. natman

    natman Well-Known Member

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  12. 19-3Ben

    19-3Ben Well-Known Member


    I'd keep it as an investment and by an old Security Six for $300 as a shooter.
  13. Carl N. Brown

    Carl N. Brown Well-Known Member

    I am happy with my ~$300 Security Six shooting iron/nighttable gun with a few scratches and dings.

    I would not be happy with a pristine NIB I was afraid to shoot. Besides, every gun has been fired, even if only as test at the factory.
  14. sagebrushjim

    sagebrushjim Well-Known Member

    Guns are Like Women and Trucks -- Meant to Enjoy and if You Put a Few Miles on Them and Maintain Them Properly You Have No Problems ...... Ride it, Drive it and Shoot it !!!!!
  15. sw282

    sw282 Well-Known Member


    I won this a couple months back. It truly never has been fired outside the factory. As evidenced by every other cylinder charred by factory test firing. Have a box and papers for it. sn puts it in the mid 60's. Its gonna get shot. Like cars and women. Gonna be enjoyed. Not just looked at. It will be well cared for. After 3000 rds the nickel will still shine. No nicks in the wood. The only sign of wear will be a cylinder ring. I say all this because I have others that have been treated the same and look like they did when I got them years before
  16. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam


    If it was a 1910 Colt SAA worth $5,000+ I might not.
    But it isn't.

    It's a really nice S&W, and I would shoot it as I have both a NIB 1967 Model 36 and a NEB 1958 Model 34 I found in the last couple of years.

  17. Vonderek

    Vonderek Well-Known Member

    Is there really such a thing as "unfired"? I thought all guns were test fired at the factory before shipping.
  18. MCgunner

    MCgunner Well-Known Member

    If I could just go back in time with a wad of cash before the movie "Dirty Harry" came out. :D But, I don't manage my own IRA for a reason.....:scrutiny:
  19. cottonmouth

    cottonmouth Well-Known Member

    You could take a picture of it, frame it and then send me the 27, I'll shoot it!!

  20. Supertac45

    Supertac45 Well-Known Member

    I'd hang onto it unfied for another 10 or so years. Money. Buy another used for shooting.

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