Holy Grail Found….

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Jonesy814, Jun 20, 2022.

  1. Jonesy814

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    … Have found and purchased my grail gun. I have wanted a 3.5 inch S&W model 27 for quite some time. Usually, something else I wanted to have would come along that I wanted and could afford before I had enough money saved up…. but not this time.
    I figured I would probably get a 1970’s blued version. They seem most common and most affordable, but I really like the pre dash 2, nickel plated revolvers with the blued,pinned front ramp & blade.
    Well, a model 27 no dash came up on Gunbroker. Never used Gunbroker but started watching and eventually bidding and winning the gun. Here is a picture from the auction. The grips have been altered but the finish looks pretty decent
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  2. ontarget

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    Nice score!
     
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    A few more. The Standard Catalog of S&W says its a 1960-61


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    Wowza!
     
  5. .455_Hunter

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    Outstanding!

    I would ditch the 2"x2" lumber profile grips for some barked elk horn Magnas and put it on duty immediately. A warm 158 gr LSWC-GC loading paying homage to the original style ammo without the leading should do nicely.

    I love that the sights are free from the red ramp insert abomination.
     
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  6. Armored farmer

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    Yea
    That's a nice one!
     
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    The M27 is the pinnacle of S&W revolvers but for the original Registered Magnum. That seems like a really nice example. Please post new photos when you get it home.

    I would love a M28 to shoot every range trip lol.
     
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    Congratulations. I have a blue version of that. I like your nickel one much more.
     
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    Congratulations on finding one of your grail guns, I'm sure you have others.:)

    Personally, I'm not a fan of short barrel large frame revolvers but they do have some historic significance. I have a 3" Model 624 Lew Horton 44 Special. I'd rather shoot my 4" Model 624 than the 3" Model 624.
     
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    Congratulations ! That gun was for me my grail gun too. Looks like I won't be getting it- "the one that got away " !
     
  11. Jonesy814

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    Were you bidding on it?
     
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    I haven't yet decided what to do about grips. I might go with period correct Magnus with a Tyler T grip. I don't care for horn grips with bark. Period correct targets are another option I may explore. The gun about cleaned out my discretionary funds so nice grips may have to wait a bit.
    With the nickel finish I have thought about a black horn grip, like some I have seen that were possible buffalo/bison
     
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    no, I would have if I saw it! I am selling down my collection, but a 3.5" Nickel .357 like that , especial your earlier one would have got me going.
     
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    Gorgeous!
     
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    Congratulations! :thumbup:
    That is a very sharp looking revolver. And thanks for planting that seed in my head…I didn’t know there were 3.5” model 27s out there. :D
     
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    Wow. What a mighty fine specimen of a S&W revolver. :cool:
     
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    Nice!
     
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    Pinned and recessed, does it get any better than that?

    Good luck with your new gun!
     
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    Congratulations! That's a gorgeous revolver.
     
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    No sooner than I get done commenting on member kwb377's nickel plated Model 28, when you show up with a beautiful nickel plated Model 27 no dash with the 3.5" barrel! And to top it all off it has blued front and rear sights!

    It really doesn't get any better than this...it really doesn't.

    Congrats on the most outstanding acquisition!
     
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    As Chief Thunderthud would say: "COWABUNGA!"

    Nice find!

    P.S. For you youngsters that don't get it...google it.
     
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    I'm not sure the grips were altered. To me it looks like they're K frame grips.
     
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    They definitely are altered. I didn’t post all of the pictures but it is fairly obvious in a couple of them.
     
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    The original standard barrel lengths for these was 3.5”, 5” with 6.5” and 8 3/8” added later. In 1967 the 6.5” was discontinued in favor of a 6 inch and in 1979 the 3.5” and 5” were replaced by a 4 inch. The 4 inch is the most uncommon but sells for less than the 3.5 or 5 inch. In the 1950’s, the FBI carried 3.5” model 27’s
     
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    As far as other grail guns go, there is nothing I really, really want. About a month ago I was browsing Gunbroker and thought to myself, Man, a model 27 will cost a good bit of money. If not that, then what would I want instead. I looked at some favorites I don’t have like. 2 inch M15 or a 2.5” M19… maybe a 3 inch M625 or 3 inch M13. In the end, none of those did it for me. Even IF I could have bought 2 off that list for the same money or not much more it was only briefly tempting.
     
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