Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by bernie, Oct 29, 2021.
I also gave him a model 64-5 with a 4" and an extra 3" barrel which I will have installed and the gun finely bead blasted.
The Model 64 will look great once it’s done.
Slabside the barrel.
I guess, but that changes the look, too. By the time you spend all that money modifying a square butt 4” Model 64 you could have sold the 4” and bought a 3” and be ahead.
That would work, too. I just like my guns to look authentic. I sold a 3” 65 years ago. I shouldn’t have. Not easily replaced.
This is a S&W Model 22-4, from the factory,
The lettering is not centered.
Ok. Looking at my Model 10 and 64 4” barrels. If the barrel was cut to 3” it would end right after the lettering on both sides of the barrel. I’ve seen 4” cut to 3”, and the lettering looks all wrong. Without slab siding it, the whole look is wrong to me. If somebody has a 4” cut to 3” feel free to post.
You can't see the lettering when it is in that nice snuggly holster or from behind the sights.
I elect function over form. I'd probably just try to find a way to carry a tapered 4" and save the trouble, though.
ETA: Boy I had that one backwards. Function always.
Never said it would affect function. But I know it would bug me. I remember noticing it immediately in the tv show I spotted it in. It wasn’t a close up or a steady shot. The actor pulled a gun and pointed it at the guy. In real time, it might have been 2 seconds. It jumped right out at me. Hit pause and went to the TV to confirm it. Sure enough, the Smith and Wesson lettering ended right at the end of the barrel. Clearly a 4” chopped down to 3”.
My point is, the lettering is not always centered on factory revolvers.
Ok, but they’re factory. Not chopped down after they left the factory. People will do what they want. For me, I’m not interested. I saw a 3” 64 at a gunshow once. Got all excited and checked it out. Chopped down. Guy selling was telling me it’s a custom job. To me it just looked like a chopped down 64.
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