Re: S&W Model 61 (Pearl?)
Those grips were factory, and went with the nickel plate option. They are not real pearl.
That gun appears to have been heavily buffed and (re?) plated; if so it would be a fair amount less than the value range RJay gives.
They are nice little guns and pretty reliable with the right ammunitiion. It is strongly recommeded to NOT disassemble the gun beyond removing the slide for cleaning. Do not remove the sideplate or you will be back asking how to get the gun back together.
One interesting point about those guns. At one point when Congress was in seven kinds of hysteria about "Saturday Night Specials" and banning same, some tests were run with the purpose of "proving" that cheap imported guns were dangerous. The idea was to do torture tests, repeated firing of proof loads, overloads, etc. To the chagrin of the anti-gun gangsters (and S&W), a couple of RG-10's took everything thrown at them, while the Escort kept blowing sideplates off. S&W later withdrew it from the market and avoided the small auto pistol market until the new Bodyguard.
The odd design harks back to the Clement patent, which S&W acquired and used in their first auto pistol and which keeps cropping up, at least in appearance, in their auto pistols (the Model 41 for example).
Last edited by Jim K; 10-05-2010 at 12:47 PM..