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New to Me Smith and Wesson Model 28 Highway Patrolman

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Tallball, Mar 15, 2019.

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  1. Tallball

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    It took me a while, but I finally realized that someone with XXL hands does better with large handguns. Wow, genius realization, right?

    I like shooting 38's and 357's. My medium-frame 357's are okay, but I thought it would be fun to have a larger one that would fit my hands better.

    I wasn't willing to toss down the money for a Model 27, but eventually I won a bid on a Model 28 for around $425. The finish isn't perfect, but the trigger sure is nice. I picked it up today, and I'm going out to the range tomorrow morning with a friend to try it out.

    Does anyone know of a good holster for these? Right now I have absolutely nothing that will fit it.

     
  2. jar

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    My favorite holster for my Highway Patrolman is my old Bianchi .

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    But there are a Brazillion other options out there from Bucheimer, Hunter, Hume ...
     
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    Dang. Those non finger groove Pachys look good on that hogleg. I have the OEM Magnas and some Ahrends retro targets but neither is comfortable under recoil.
     
  4. jar

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    They are called "Presentation Grips" but right now I think I have the original stock grips on it.
     
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  5. Dunross

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    I have extra-large hands myself and a pair of Model 28's. Very pleasant shooting.
     
  6. Tallball

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    I just got back from shooting it. Dang that thing has a great trigger. I am becoming totally spoiled. It's one of the nicer revolvers I've ever shot, and I've shot quite a few. :)
     
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    I agree, I won't part with mine for any reason.

    You will be very happy with yours.
     
  8. SwampWolf

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    My choice too. I'm a big fan of thumb-break holsters when gun retention is an issue.
     
  9. jar

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    Remember that the Highway Patrolman was the budget version. The good finish and better trigger and sights was the M27.
     
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    Great handguns!
     
  11. Eddietruett

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    While the 28 was the "bargain" model, I've owned probably 10-12 Model 28's and I don't remember a one that didn't have a great trigger. I think the finish is the only place that S&W cut corners. I purchased and 27 and a 28 yesterday (posted on another thread) and I think the actions are about as equal as you would find. The 27 always feels a little slicker to me because of the wider target trigger, but when you put a trigger scale on them, most of the time they are about equal. With condition being equal, you can buy a 28 for 60-75% of the price of a 27 and if you can live with either a 4 or 6 inch barrel, for shooting it is a no brainer. Most people desire the target grips that are found on most 27's over the magnas that are found on most 28's but I actually like the N frame Magnas. The last few 28's I've owned came with Targets (factory or add on's I have no clue) but unless I'm shooting loads on the hot end, the magnas fit my hand just fine. They also feel great with a Tyler or BK Grip Adapter.
     
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  12. jar

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    All true. And while I did sell my 27 I still have the 28 I bought way too long ago.

    The hand work, the details, the wider hammer and trigger, the better sights all did add to the 27 but the finish was simply amazing.

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    Not parting with mine either!
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  14. Tallball

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    I am in my 50's, but still keep in touch with old friends from high school. One is a lady who used to be my science lab partner and now lives halfway across the country from me. She recently got interested in handguns for SD/HD purposes. She got a Model 28 and liked it so much that I started wanting one for myself. I sent her a thank-you note today for giving me the inspiration. :)
     
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    Tallball: congratulations on your new Model 28. You are going to love it.

    Personally I don't much care for firing 357 Magnum ammo out of a K frame, if I am going to pop off some 357 ammo I usually grab a Model 28.

    Some folks are surprised how good the trigger is in a Model 28, figuring that because it costs less than a Model 27, the action will not be as good. This is a misconception. The only difference between a Model 27 and a Model 28 are cosmetic differences on the outside. Inside they went through the same hand fitting of parts and quality control as any other Hand Ejector of the same era.

    The Model 27 began as The 357 Magnum, in 1935. It was an outgrowth of the older 38/44 Outdoorsman. This was the adjustable sighted version of the heavy N frame 38 Special revolvers that S&W introduced in 1931. These were developed for the high velocity 38 Special ammunition that preceded the development of the 357 Magnum. The 38/44 Heavy Duty was the fixed sight version.

    This is a 38/44 Outdoorsman.

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    In 1935 S&W developed the 357 Magnum cartridge. It was about 1/10" longer than a 38 Special so it could not be chambered in a standard 38 Special revolver. The name S&W gave to this new revolver was simply The 357 Magnum. The first ones were the Registered Magnums. This was a marketing campaign by S&W to interest buyers in the new guns. It was the height of the Depression, and S&W was charging a premium for these revolvers. The Registered Magnums came with a certificate certifying what they were. They had a special Registration number stamped on them, and the buyer could send his name to the factory to 'register' the revolver to himself.The 357 Magnum was available with a variety of options, including different barrel lengths and different front sights. Eventually The 357 Magnum became so popular that S&W could not keep up with the demand, so the 'Registered' idea was dropped. At this time the number of options available were also limited. One of the features of The 357 Magnum was checkering on top of the top strap and barrel rib, as well as the tang of the rear sight being checkered. These were simply cosmetic modifications to set the gun apart from others, they did not do much of anything to make it a better gun.

    In 1954 S&W introduced the Highway Patrolman model. This was simply The 357 Magnum without the high polish finish and the checkering on the top strap and barrel rib. Otherwise, it was the same as The 357 Magnum.

    In 1957 S&W changed over to a Model number system. The 357 Magnum became the Model 27, and retained the cosmetic features of the 357 Magnum. The Highway Patrolman became the Model 28, retaining the less polished finish of the Highway Patrolman.

    I must disagree that the sights of a Model 27 are any better than the sights of a Model 28. At least the sights of my Model 27 are not any better than the sights of any of my Model 28s.

    The Model 27 (and its predecessor the 357 Magnum) were thought of as target pistols. The standard front sight was a Patridge front sight. The Highway Patrolman and its successor the Model 28 were thought of as service revolvers, so the front sight was a quick draw Baughman style. This sight was designed so it could be drawn smoothly from a holster without hanging up.

    In this photo you can see the difference in the front sights on my Model 27 at the top and a Model 28 at the bottom. Other than that, and the finish and cosmetics on top, both revolvers are identical. Both have six inch barrels. Do not be confused by the perspective of the photo, making the Model 27 look slightly smaller. The frames are identical.

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    Here are the tops of the two revolvers. Not the best focused photo I have ever taken, but the checkering on the top strap of the Model 27 in the foreground should be visible, as well as the silly checkering on the tang of the rear sight. The top of the Model 28 has a matte finish to prevent glare. You can see the two hammers are identical, you cannot see that the triggers are identical too, but they are. Other than the checkering on the Model 27 rear sight, the rear sights of both revolvers are identical. (This Model 27 is a No Dash, it left the factory in 1959. I can't swear that later versions are the same.)

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    The finish on Model 28s has varied over time, some have been more highly polished than others. Some almost look like the standard high gloss finish of any other Hand Ejector of their era, most have more of a matte finish. That is where the difference in price figured in, less man hours for highly skilled polishers to buff them to a mirror finish. Playing around with both revolvers, I can detect no difference in the action and trigger of either.

    I'm not much help in the holster department since my Model 28s are range toys and I don't carry them. I did find this holster in the bargain bin in one of the local shops one day, and it fits my four inch Model 28 very well.

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    I'm pretty sure it was made by Triple K. If you are interested, here is the model number.

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    Anyway Tallball, I'm sure you are going to love your new Model 28.
     
  16. AABEN

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    YOU got one very good by for 425.00 I like my 28 it is not for sale it will go to my son
     
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    The difference in sights between the two is the finish on the top sight rail and sides that I find does make target acquisition somewhat easier under glare conditions. The pebbly finish between the sights works well on the 28 but the detailed checked finish on the 27 just works even better for me.
     
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    Congrats on you new Highway Patrolman. I have a 4" that dates to 1968. Its perfectly balanced and very accurate. The matte finish is well done on my gun.
     
  19. ThomasT

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    I have a 4" model 28 that belonged to my dad. he bought it in the early 1980's from a police supply house through my uncle the cop, his brother. He paid around $225.00 IIRC. He brought it home, threw away the box, loaded it up and stuck it in his nightstand. And there is where it stayed untill he passed away 15 years ago and it became mine.

    So far it has never been fired since it left the factory. If you want to know what a great trigger feels like thats the gun to find out on. Some day I will shoot it. It will go to one of my sons. They will have to work it out between them to see who gets it. But what a nice revolver. I need to get a BK or Tyler T-Grip for it. The factory grips are a tad small for my hands.

    I think you are going to really like your new gun. There is a guy I see in WM ever once in a while who open carries a 6" model 28. He is a retired Missouri policeman. And he is a dude. He wears a black hat with a silver band (think Crocadile Dundee) black pants and shirt and a vest. Black flat pointed boots with chains of some sort around the ankle area. I love talking guns to him. He's a super nice guy. His wife just rolls her eyes when we get to going.:thumbup:
     
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    Very true; the finish on the revolvers in question differ but the sights are the same.
     
  21. Lucky Derby

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    Congrats! The 28 (& the 27) are 2 of the best revolvers ever made.
    One other difference: with the exception of a few (25 IIRC) 5" 28s made for the Florida Highway Patrol, all 28s came with either 4" or 6" barrels. 27s came with 3.5", 4", 5", 6", 6.5", 8 3/8". I believe the early Registered Magnums could have any length the purchaser desired, from 3.5" up.
     
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    The sights can be similar but not necessarily the same. Like Driftwood Johnson’s post explains the 27 most often comes with Patridge style front sight and the 28 comes with the Baughman front sight and the rear sight has minor differences.
     
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    That was a really good buy, OP. Model 28s in good to excellent condition are generally in the $600-$800 range.

    The 28-2 I scored seems to be somewhere between the typical satin blue of "lower end" smiths, and the high polish of a 27. It's got more sheen than my 586-4, but not as dazzling as a 27 or one of the presentation grade 29s.

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    It sure is a shooter. Trigger is almost as nice as my worked over 686 no dash, fantastically accurate, just all around smooth & solid.
     
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    M28s are great guns, S&W made a ton of them. They used to be like 4 doors and station wagons, nobody wanted them and they sold cheap. Because they were so common and inexpensive, they were popular for caliber conversions when big bore revolvers like the M29s were scarce. Now, just like the prices on old Mustangs and Camaros have gone through the roof, nice M27s are commanding big money and the market has discovered M28s driving prices up, $425 for a solid example is a great buy.

    I have a couple but neither of them are anything close to original. One is a 3" RB .41mag that I had Mark Hartshorne put together a couple of years ago using a beat 28-2, the titanium cylinder from a 357PD, and a 4" M58 barrel that he cut down and made a new sight for. The other is the "Crowbar" a .45ACP 28-2 built by Marc Krebs back in the '80s using an M25 cylinder and barrel. Both are great guns and a blast to shoot.
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    Thanks for all of the kind comments. And thank you Driftwood for the nice history synopsis.

    After only one shooting session I already know that this will be one of my very favorite revolvers. They sure don't build things like they used to!
     
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