S&W Model 61 (Pearl?)

Discussion in 'The Ask the Pros & What's It Worth? Forum' started by codydog, Oct 4, 2010.

  1. codydog

    codydog New Member

    Oct 4, 2010
    Got to love the name "Long Rifle" on this mini pistol. What can you tell me about it and what would it be worth?


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  2. RJay

    RJay Well-Known Member

    Feb 22, 2004
    Goodyear, Arizona
    Well, from the Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson,Caliber .22 Long Rifle, 5 shot. ,Plastic grips ( you can see the mold lines ), produced 1970-1973. Book gives a value of 325 NIB ( and with pouch ) 250 in exc. I've fired one, never owned one. Most people thought they were odd because the barrel was beneath the slide. Have friend who carried one for years with no complaints. Others may have a better value grasp that the above.

  3. oscarmayer

    oscarmayer New Member

    Jun 24, 2008
    RJay is right on with his value these escorts are better than they were given credit for being. i suspect it was because of the odd configuration too.
  4. Jim K

    Jim K New Member

    Dec 6, 2009
    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: Oct 5, 2010
  5. johnlives4christ

    johnlives4christ Former Guest

    Apr 28, 2008
    its on my list of guns to get
  6. 3/2 STA SS

    3/2 STA SS Active Member

    Great little .22- give a shout this a way if you need to off load it.
  7. codydog

    codydog New Member

    Oct 4, 2010
    I would be new to selling.

    How would I contact you (or anybody for that matter)?

    How would we do a interstate transaction?

    You know us newbies, all the stupid questions :D
  8. wonderwhippet

    wonderwhippet Active Member

    Jan 10, 2003
    I've had three of these Escorts I took in trade deals, but I would never buy one. Two of them were very unreliable, and they are handicapped by having only a five round magazine. My understanding is that they were taken off the market because S&W felt the pistol was bad for their image as makers of quality pistols.
  9. Jim K

    Jim K New Member

    Dec 6, 2009
    Well, that was what they said, but it is called "spin." If the Escort had come through those tests with flying colors instead of flying sideplates, I doubt S&W would have had many qualms about their corporate image.

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