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smith and wesson model 27

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by coronel, Nov 29, 2007.

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  1. coronel

    coronel Member

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    A friend of mine is selling a smith and wesson n27 to me for $700.00 it is about 98 % condition. Is this revolver worth this price and is it good for ccw it has a 3 and a half inch barrel. Would appreciate your input thank you.
     
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  2. Gordon

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    I'll buy it for $700 if it is like new in the box. Maybe without the box. 3.5" barrels are rare and desireable. I WANT one. NOT an Ideal CCW revolver these days, but a very nice combat gun to be sure!
     
  3. tasco 74

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    buy her and be happy!! s&w model 27s are my all time favorite revolver.. i would still try to talk him down if i could though but that's just me.. if that price is his bottom $ i'd get it before someone else does!
     
  4. Gator

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    Kind of big for concealed carry, IMO, but thats not a bad price for a 3.5". But I wouldn't carry that one because of its collector value, not its weight.
     
  5. XavierBreath

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    Depending on where you are located, of course, I'd call $700 high, even for a LNIB three and a half inch Model 27. The SCS&W lists a NIB Model 27 at $750, and an Excellent example at $500 . If a box, tools, and documents are worth $750 to you, go for it. The three and a half inch barrel does command a premium. A pinned and recessed version is at the top of the price range, an unpinned example is less.

    For a 98% gun, I might go $500, but not any more. Each of the ones below were purchased for $400 with the original grips. The long barreled one was in a presentation box with tools, purchased about three years ago from a dealer. The three and a half inch gun was purchased for $400 from a gun show walker.

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  6. Gordon

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    Ain't no non P&R three and a halfs.
    Best deal on any like new P&R 27 in AZ and Ca. is $600+ in the last year I've seen. I DID buy a 5" 27-2 NIB in Oregon a couple years ago for $500. All three and a halfs I've seen around here in 95+% are going for $850 blue and $1000 nickeled .
     
  7. XavierBreath

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    Gordon,
    That is why gun dealers buy in one state and travel to gun shows to sell in another. They make money that way. Smith & Wesson prices vary widely around the country. As a result, Blue Book prices, and even the SCS&W can be a bit off, because they are national averages.

    I don't believe I said there were.
     
  8. .41Dave

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    Yes, there are. S&W reintroduced the 3.5" barrel on the model 27 in 1991. The 3.5" barrel was available (production run of 1500) on the non-pinned & non-recessed model 27-5.
     
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  9. keyboard commando

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    357 Magnum

    Prices do vary by region,but are steadily going up everywhere.I recently found a pre model number 5 screw circa 1950.;)
    :scrutiny: 357 Magnum.jpg :scrutiny:
     
  10. jeff-10

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    I think it is worth $700, however here in Florida it would probably go for less. I wouldn't CCW it. First of all I would not want to damage the finish and second its rather large. However it would more than suffice as a carry piece if its your only handgun.
     
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    XB: Beautiful grips on that beautiful 3 1/2 incher. Who makes them?
     
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    I got my 3.5" 27-2 about 3 years ago for $300. Of course it didn't come with a box. I would agree that its a little big for concealed carry. It is a great gun!
     
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    Gosh! Prices have sure gone up. I bought this P&R model 27 NIB in wooden presentation box several years ago for less than $300:

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    Prices are soaring on P&R Smiths. All the price books will soon say $700. If you want one, I'd get it now. But you probably won't be CCing it, unless you don't mind larger guns.

    Swampwolf: looks like Hogues to me. Personally, I like Ahrends.
     
  15. rcmodel

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    Wonderful guns, but you ain't gonna like it for CCW I betcha!

    .44 & .45 caliber N-frames are big!
    .38/.357 caliber N-frames are not only Big, but also Heavy!
    (Because they don't have big holes drilled in the barrel & cylinder like the .44's and .45's!)

    I would probably buy it, but not if CCW was the intended use.

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    SwampWolf,
    The grips on my Model 27s are Hogues. They fit my hand well.

    I really missed out at the last gun show I attended. I found something shiny to keep my attention, but a deputy buddy of mine was scouring tables across the arena. He found a beater Model 27-2 with a three and a half inch barrel. The thing had more patina than blue, in fact, it was practically all patina. One grip was chipped. It did lock up tight, the bore was bright, and it functioned perfectly. It had a dignified character like an old tractor. He bought it, and I almost cried........$285. He gave it to his daughter. I do have dibs if she ever decides to sell though.

    I'm not surprised prices are on the rise. These are one of the pinnacles of S&W firearms manufacture.
     
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    I would buy it if it were P&R at 98%. Xavier, I think if you were to cruise the S&W forum, you'd find that the SCSW values were probably out of date the day the book came out.

    I bought a 3.5 inch 27 and a 5 inch as a package deal at 1200, and was told that I did very well at that.
     
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    The 3.5" M27 is hot right now. If a nice one is offered on the S&W Forum at $850 it is snapped up in minutes. I have seen them with a box go for $1,100 recently on GunBroker.
     
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    I've recently bought three 3.5" 27's.

    Two 27-2's, unfired. One in pressentation case, the other in the original box with all the tools, etc, the third a "pre-27"

    The two NIB 27-2's were bought on the Smith forum for 1500.00 and 1100.00 respectively and are dated 1973 and 1975. The pre 27 3.5" dated 1952 was 735.00 in 90% condition.

    They are getting expensive [ all older smith revos ], they do not last long on the Smith forum at all, and I've been lucky to get the three I did IMO. Did I pay too much? Probably to some people, but here's the saying they have about old Smith revos over there----

    You never pay too much for them, you only pay too early.:)

    Brownie
     
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    Here's some pics of the 27's

    vanilla_gorilla, I think you did fine for two of them at that price as well.

    Getting two, NIB, one in presentation case with all the tools, etc was a big score IMO if you want 3.5" N frames. I would not say they are getting scarce, but they are getting pricey and will not last long when they come up for sale over at the Smith site.

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    When I use a 357 magnum, I carry a K frame. Which is a lot lighter and handier, plus its stainless. And when I feel the need to carry the size and weight of an N frame, I carry a 3 inch 629 which is much more versatile and resistant to the elements.

    My 3 1/2 inch model 27 is the one gun I own that I have no real use for. Of the three revolvers I own, I only keep the 27 because it was the cadillac of revolvers (personally I think it was a substantially better gun than the Python) and an example of S&Ws finest work. But my other two are better for my uses.
     
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    I picked up a picked up a 95% S&W model 27 with a 6" barrel for $433 otd back on october. I hate to admit it but with the rising prices of P&R Smiths it is destined to be a safe queen:(
     
  24. XavierBreath

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    I certainly can't dispute the prices these guns are selling for.

    OK, here is the real question............

    With the market driven escalation of S&W pinned N frame prices, does anybody predict a fall from the $1000+ levels? In other words, is the three and a half P&R Model 27 a flash in the pan trend, or does it have staying power?

    There is no historic significance such as with M1911A1s.
    It is a heavy carry gun, and a bit too dolled up and valuable for carry any way.
    As a home defense weapon, an unloaded locked up safe queen is about worthless.
    The attenuated barrel and corresponding sight radius is not ideal for target work.

    I'm not saying it's not an impressive weapon. Heck, in my range report, I said it was a "fire belching weapon of the gods." I'm just wondering if it has the staying power in the marketplace at these prices.
     
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    If you want one cheap then it has to be one like this with a few freckles and a more common barrel size(6 inch)

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