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How to tell if a Smith & Wesson 27 is one of the nice ones?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by bushmaster1313, Nov 25, 2010.

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  1. bushmaster1313

    bushmaster1313 Member

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    I read that Smith & Wesson revolvers went down in quality after 1981.

    How do I tell if a Model 27-2 is pre-1981?

    Are all the 27-2's pre 1981?

    Does it matter?
     
  2. GUNKWAZY

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    27-3 was introduced in 1982.

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    Doesn't matter, as long as it doesn't have a key hole in the side.
     
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    Pinned barrel and recessed cylinder is what to look for. That said, my 27-3 is a great gun, despite not having those features, and I can't tell the difference between it and my 27-2 when shooting it.
     
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    Please explain where and what to look for?
     
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    David E Member

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    My initial response to this question is, "If you have to ask, then it's not one of the good ones."
     
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    I have a 4 inch that is not P&R, forget what dash it is. Bult like a tank & a smoking blueing. There are 6 in ,5 in & 3.5 inch models & other variations. The S&W forum has lots of info. 3.5 inch seems to be the most desireable.
     
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    The "Registered Magnum" (1935-1939), Pre-war Magnum (1939-1941), Post-war 357 (1948-1957), Model 27 (1958-1961), the 27-1 (1961-1962) and the 27-2 (1962-1981) are generally considered "the good ones." Note that some 27-2s made 1979-1981 (particularly the 4" versions) lack the pinned barrel and/or the recessed chambers as S&W started running out of these parts and began using the -3 parts.

    On guns made before 1982 (with the exceptions noted above) there is a small pin securing the barrel. See photo below.

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    Also prior to 1982 the chambers on the Magnum calibers (357, 41 and 44) were counter-bored, or recessed. See below photo.

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    If you want a top flight N frame 357 then a Model 27-2 with either a 3.5" barrel or a 5" barrel is considered a good choice.

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