New (to me) Highway Patrolman

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by HPCadm17, Jun 19, 2022.

  1. HPCadm17

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    Stumbled cross this old workhorse at the LGS the other day. Model 28-2 ca. 1974-77. This is the gun that made me fall in love with S&W revolvers, and I'd almost given up finding a decent one locally.

    Needs some TLC but mechanically it's tight and smooth, very good working condition. I've had new revolvers off and on but never clicked with any. This one's a keeper.

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  2. ECVMatt
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    That is a great revolver! Honest wear and still ton's of life; congratulations.
     
  3. J-Bar

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    Hardly broken in yet. Shoot that one and show us some target photos! :thumbup:
     
  4. stonebuster

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    Congratulations on finding that fine revolver. I found a same vintage (mid seventies) 28-2 at my LGS a few months ago and like it. The action's the same as the Model 27 but just not finished with the high polish and checkering. They're all business and are built like the proverbial brick "outhouse".
     
  5. gunlaw

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    Nice find. My first center fire revolver was a model 28-2. After looking at your pics I better check my gun safe. Looks familiar
     
  6. NIGHTLORD40K

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    Nice score! Someone swapped the grips for modern N-Frame target wood and they look great, IMO.
    It also appears to have a full-target, .500" wide, hammer installed rather than the .400 semi-target which was standard in the M28. This was a factory-option, but could have been done by a gunsmith as well.
     
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  7. 2ndtimer

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    Hard to go wrong with a vintage Highway Patrolman. 601DB7D6-C502-4A53-B87F-87655DD038B7.jpeg
     
  8. shoebox1.1

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    I’m jealous for sure!
     
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  9. wcwhitey

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    Very Nice Find! Keeper for sure!
     
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    Looks like a great gun with experience. :thumbup:

    Congratulations! Great find. :cool:
     
  11. Jonesy814

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    Nice looking Highway Patrolman. I have a 6 inch and a friend has the 4 inch. They are absolute tack drivers
     
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  12. Starter52

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    An excellent catch.

    The Model 28 is one of the finest revolvers ever made.

    I agree with Nightlord about those beautiful grips.
     
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  13. Tallball

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    Great find! Mine is from the same time period, but a 6". It's tied for the best trigger of any revolver I've ever owned. It mostly eats 38's and some occasional middle-of-the-road 357's. At this rate it will still be completely tight when my grandchildren are shooting it with their grandchildren. :)
     
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  14. DR505

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    I sure like HPs. I found an unfired 28-2 from '69/'70 a bit ago and snapped it up.
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    And here it is sitting with its 4" N-Frame brethren (top left). Its prettier sister, a Model 27-3, is bottom left.
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  15. jar
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    I had a 27 and a 28. Sold the 27 but still have and at times carry the 28.

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  16. GeoDudeFlorida

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    Wow! Great find! Targets, for sure.
     
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  17. KyJim

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    Congrats on the “new” revolver. Like some of the others here, I also have a 28 and agree they are great guns.
     
  18. ThomasT

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    Really nice find. I like the target grips too. I have a model 28-2 that belonged to my dad. I got it in 2003 when he passed away. He bought it new, brought it home, load the cylinder and put the gun in his nightstand. Then threw away the box and paper work. Its never been fired. Not since he bought it or I got it. I am waiting for one of my sons to go shoot with me and let them have the first shots from Granpa's old gun.

    I do wish I had better grips on it. Those target grips would be nice but they are hard to find and expensive when you do find them. I thought about just getting a BK grip adapter and being done with it.
     
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  19. bangswitch

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    My M28-2 has the .500 target hammer, and you could also get a smooth semi-target, or "combat" trigger. I love both the M27 and M28, these are both -2's below:
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    I like your M58, what year is it? I've got one from 1967.
     
  20. kwb377

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    Those are Altamonts...I have an identical set I use on my 19-3 (I keep the factory smooth Presentation grips wrapped up).

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    And this is a timely thread...I just "won" another 28-2 on GB less than 5 minutes ago. Seller says it's a mid '60's "S" serial number, and it's got Presentation grips. Seems like a nice find for $640.

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    I also have a circa '75 28-2...

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    I usually keep a set of Altamonts on it for range use.

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    I foolishly sold a circa '64 nickeled 28-2 a few months ago...

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    Somehow I keep falling into 6" HP's...I'd love to pick up a 4".
     

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  21. doubleh

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    That is a nice find. I could live with just like it is. Shows to be experienced.
     
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  22. Palladan44

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    Doesn't get much better than that right there, a vintage N-Frame Smith you can shoot all day without worry about knocking 300+$ off her value....
    You just reminded me of a point.... I'm about to create a new thread on....
     
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  23. bangswitch

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    Not to change the subject away from M28's but what is the story on that M19-3? Is that a commemorative of some sort, what is on the right side plate, and the hammer and trigger are not color case-hardened. Dash-3's have the S&W roll stamp on the right side, unless it is a commemorative, the roll stamp wasn't changed to the left until the dash-5 on regular production guns. Here's my M19-3, from 1974: (I also keep the GA target stocks stored away, and use Altamont stocks. Included are my other two K frames, a M66-1 and a M48-4 Revolvers S&W K frames.jpg
     
  24. kwb377

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    It's a 1973 Texas Ranger Commemorative I picked up at a gun show @ 6 months ago. The sideplate has some specs and haze, but the rest of the gun is flawless. I was looking for a shooter-grade 19, and found this one for the same price as some clapped out 19's.

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    They also featured a cut-away trigger guard...
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  25. bangswitch

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    That cutaway is cool. What was the purpose? To allow a gloved finger to get a faster access to the trigger? The smooth combat trigger is nice also.
     
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