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Smith and Wesson question

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Akeva41, Jun 25, 2010.

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  1. Akeva41

    Akeva41 Member

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    I have been trying to find information on my revolver. I have been looking at different sites that list ways to date and identify but none have the particular serial number I have. On the bottom of the frame under the grips and behind the cylinder arm it is listed as AWA75xx MOD 67-1. It is a 38 S&W SPECIAL CTG. 4 inch barrel in stainless steal. I would like to know more about it and if it would be possible for a Smith to put a Heavy or Bull barrel on it.
     
  2. rcmodel

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    K-Frame stainless steel with adjustable sights made in 1987.
    Otherwise know as a stainless Combat Masterpiece.

    Changing barrels on a revolver is always possible.
    But in your case it would probably cost more then just trading it for one like you want.

    It would also devalue the stock gun if you were to later want to sell or trade it.

    rc
     
  3. The Lone Haranguer

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    It takes factory level equipment and training to change a S&W revolver barrel.
     
  4. gordy

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    I hope you will not change the barrel out on you S&W, You will in the long run wish you had not. If you must do it, try to find a older m-10 to play with. They can be picked up on the used market at a price that you should be able to handle.
    The gun you have would be a shame to lose.
     
  5. Lucky Derby

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    Do not do a barrel swap. You will more than likely be unhappy with the results. Been there, done that.
    If you must, sell the 67 and buy a revolver more to your likeing, you will be money ahead. Or if you can aford it, keep the 67, and buy a revolver more to your likeing. you will be a gun ahead.
     
  6. Oro

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    If you really want a heavy barrel .38, look on Gunbroker for old PPC guns. Lots of guys paid lots of money back in the day to have K-frames kitted out that way, and now you can buy them for a few pennies on the dollar.
     
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    Or trade it for a .357 magnum Model 66. These had the heavy barrel and are built on the K frame. It's not much heavier, but still thicker than the tapered barrel Model 67. You can still shoot .38 specials through it. If you want a much heavier barrel trade up to a model 686 with the full underlug. Beyond that you will need to find an old PPC gun or have a gunsmith shape a custom barrel blank for you.
     
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    That's a good idea. The 686 makes a fantastic "heavy" .38 special gun.

    Saxon Pig has a good rule among his cryptic, unreleased notes. Something like, "It's always cheaper to sell the gun you have and buy the gun you want than to try to modify the gun you have." This is an excellent example of that.
     
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    damn, I wish I had access to that notebook!

    Of course Saxon Pig may not have every gun he wants...he might have every gun that I want. Damn he has a collection!!!

    When one of his buying experience speaks, even through "unreleased notes", one should listen.
     
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