I have wanted one of these since the early 1970s at least. I never had both money and opportunity in the same portion of the Space-Time Continuum prior to this occasion. But there it was; left in the display case and no one wanting it.
Actually, there was another fellow fondling it on the counter – but he hesitated and said he really didn’t want it. I pounced!
I will post a better picture of it when I have good light. The grips have been replaced as well.
For those out of the cognoscenti, this is one of the fabled Smith & Wesson “Three Fifty Seven Magnum” revolvers. After 1957 or so, they became known as the ‘Model 27’. This particular specimen has the most coveted barrel length of three and one-half inches. Smith & Wesson serial numbers are hard to identify as to year of manufacture; I can say this revolver was made between 1969 (has “N” prefix on serial number) and 1982 (changed to cheaper non-pinned barrel and ceased recessing chambers.). It is the older style ‘pinned and recessed’ manufacture.
This is better than sex.
More details and shooting report to follow. It does have a nice trigger pull, both double and single action.
Here are pictures with better lighting and the proper grips installed.
Shooting report to follow in a few days.