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S&W pre-27 6" price check

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by bikemutt, Dec 27, 2012.

  1. bikemutt
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    bikemutt Senior Member

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    I stumbled across one recently, lets say it's 90% with matching S serial numbers, made around 1955-56. Service (Magna?) grips.
     
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    I paid ~ $530 recently for this '77 27-2 and thought I got a really good deal. I don't have the blue book of guns or I'd be of more help. Hope this helps narrow it down a bit at least.

    I'm sure someone can do better than this for you though.

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    $530? You must still be hiding out :)

    There is no way imaginable anything that nice would show up around here for that price!

    The last pre-27 I saw around here sat for a long time at a LGS, I think he was asking $1350, it was a 4". I fondled it on several occasions but could never make myself do it. Anyway, it finally sold.
     
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    bikemutt,

    I have observed that you have a good eye AND a fertile field for classic revolvers. From my experience and as stated a PRE 27, you are easily over $1,000.00.

    For many this is the holy grail where mediocre Pythons are pushing $2,000.00. This is not an inexpensive handgun. To many, worth every penny. You are fortunate that the item in question isn't a "registered magnum" (or unfortunate?).

    The price of any highly desireable world class classic is in rapid flux. You won't get a definitive high and low from ANY gun board. What are you willing to pay? This'n as advertised commands north of 1 large.
     
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    If you go for the one I think you're eying, it might be worth his asking price. I saw one recently in a LGS -- not nearly in as nice condition -- and the ticket was $1079. But like I said in your other thread, I'd go for the 29 -- that's just me likin' the Ks for .357 over the Ls and Ns, though. Oh, and quit snatchin' up all the nice ol' Smiths all over Puget Sound!
     
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    I think your logic is right on Old Dog, I have sold off all my N-frame .357 mags, and bought more, and sold those too. The K and L frames I still own. Maybe life it trying to teach me a lesson.
     
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    OK, then give the rest of us a chance.

    Where is it and whats the current "ask"?
     
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    PM sent.
     
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    I couldn't agree more on the N frame 357's I keep buying them because I keep reading what great shooters they are I have had 3 27's and 4 or 5 28's and there all gone sans one that is a 627-3 V-comp (not the funny two tone one) 8 shot best shooter I have.
     
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    The 6" is the most common barrel length. A 90% example would not interest a collector. This is a "shooter" grade revolver. If the stocks are original (or at least period correct) that adds to value.

    My guess would be around $600 or so for the gun you describe with correct stocks. Deduct $50 for incorrect stocks. Bear in mind prices can vary wildly from area to area and sellers tend to start high with asking prices.

    For $1,000+ I would expect a near perfect example. A 90% gun is a shooter. My most recently acquired pre-model 357 is a 6.5" version which is far less common than the 6" and it's around 90% or so and I paid $950 knowing it was a tad high but I wanted it. A 3.5" 357 will bring a lot as this length is extremely sought after. The 6" is not nearly as popular and prices reflect this fact.

    It's your money and your decision. You have to figure out what you are willing to pay.
     
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    I bought a pre-Model 27 earlier this year, for the princely sum of $700, including box and tools. They are out there, and this one was at an antique arms gun show.
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    The 6.5" barreled models were catalogued until 1967, when S&W switched to the 6" barrel for the Model 27. I have a Model 27-2, produced in 1970, that came with a 6.5" barrel; evidencing that S&W used older parts to exhaust. Mine isn't unique, just a bit unusual.
     
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    pendenis, if I found one as nice as that one I would stretch both my imagination and my wallet, great find!
     

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