S&W 357 magnum 1950? era value?

Discussion in 'The Ask the Pros & What's It Worth? Forum' started by kody, Sep 19, 2010.

  1. kody

    kody New Member

    Sep 19, 2010
    I am looking for assistance in identifying the model and value of this S&W 357.
    Possibly model 27 or 29. Six shot revolverIt has a 3 inch barrel, wood checkered grip, blued finish. On the butt the serial# is S 138xxx. 3 screws on the side, one on trigger guard and 3 on the grip, and 2 on the top with the site . Smith and Wesson trademark on handles in silver and engraved on below trigger. Engraving of " Made in USA, marcus registrdas, smith&wesson, springfield, mass.
    Thanks in advance for any input you could offer.
  2. Oneida Steve

    Oneida Steve Well-Known Member

    Sep 28, 2006
    Upstate NY
    The revolver would be what collectors call a "pre-model 27" S&W. The serial number places it made in 1955. S&W didn't change over to the number system until 1957.

    The gun is likely a 3.5" barrel when measured from the forcing cone inside the frame. Collectors like this barrel length for pre-27 revolvers. 5" are more common.

    Prices for pre-model 27s are all over the board depending on the almighty condition. In average condition with the original wood grips you're looking at $600 at least. Pre-model 27s with 3.5" barrels are desireable.

  3. BillM

    BillM Active Member

    Jan 16, 2010
    Amity Orygun
    Serial number puts it as a N frame, possibly made in 1954-1955. There
    were some in the S138000-140000 range that didn't get manufactured until
    later, possibly as late as 1958.

    Model: Well it isn't a 29. That's a 44 magnum.

    Probably a 27, it did come in a 3 1/2" version. Your gun have adjustable sights? Swing out the cylinder and look at the side of the frame that was
    behind the crane. Any numbers stamped there?
  4. kody

    kody New Member

    Sep 19, 2010
    The #'s behind the crane were the serial # repeated under the ejector rod, then 51280 to the left and above the trigger guard base. It is a 3 1/2' barrel length. 99% sure they are the original grips. It was my fathers gun and I have owned it since 1970. The bluing is good just some minor pitting. Sorry I don't know all the correct terminology to describe everything correctly, but I'm learning fast here. Thank you very much for your input.
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