S&W 28-2 Highway Patrolman

Discussion in 'Revolver Handguns' started by aandabooks, Aug 30, 2013.

  1. aandabooks

    aandabooks New Member

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    Discarded the Uberti thought from the other thread. Was at the LGS and they just took in a 28-2 with a 4" barrel. Quite a bit of holster at the front of the muzzle and the rear of the cylinder. Locks up tight and feels really solid. Doesn't have the original wood grips. An older style hard rubber grip is what it has. I'd put it cosmetically at 75% and mechanically at near perfect.

    They want $400 for it. By searching Gunbroker that looks to be near the low end of what they are listed for. Does this seem like a good price? What does it normally cost to have a revolver reblued?
     
  2. Overkill0084

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    Note: I'm not an expert by any means.
    Around my neck of the woods I'd be satisfied with that price. IMHO, you should snag it before it gets away.
     

  3. JW357

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    I'd buy it. Not sure on the reblueing costs but that seems like a reasonable price for an older Smith.
     
  4. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

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    I spent about $12 on a bottle of Birchwood Casey Cold Blue. I used it to re-blue my Super Blackhawk cylinder. Doesn't look brand new. But looks a lot better. You wouldn't notice unless you were looking for it.
     
  5. KG7IL

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    The Model 27 and 28 were certainly strong revolvers for the .357.

    You can't beat the S&W trigger on these big guys.
    If it's going to be a shooter, you are lucky. It sound's like it has it's first dents already!
     
  6. Jpyle

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    That's a good price for a 28-2 with a bit of wear and lacking the original grips. I picked up one about a year ago for $525.00 with near flawless finish and the original wood. A rebluing should set you back between $75-$100.

    [​IMG]
     
  7. JW357

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    Beautiful gun.

    I swear to God, if i had the money I'd prolly buy every single S&W wheel gun I came across if its a good value for the model.
     
  8. boatme98

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    I'd jump at that price.
    Don't know about the reblueing cost but if it's really bad it's worth doing.
    At least the Highway Patrolman isn't the high luster (nitre?) blue. Should save some cash there.
    Cylinder and bore clean?
    Just a warning. My HP (original, not a mod. 28) trigger had been worked.
    When you cocked it, you could lightly press on the hammer with your thumb and it would release!
    Put something between the frame and hammer when checking this-a wooden dowel or even your other thumb will do. Don't want to break the pin.
    Very inexpensive fix. I don't recall how much but I got the trigger work, some minor rust cleaning, and some original walnut grips for about $100.
    Go get it and enjoy.
     
  9. txpossum

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    I'd buy it at that price. To much, imo, but these days everything is too much, and that seems reasonable for current prices on a model 28.
     
  10. boatme98

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    If you get it, brigade gunleather has a very nice, hand boned service holster for it. I believe it's the M4 Classic.
     
  11. aandabooks

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    I'm seriously still considering it. Might be a good chance to try my hand at bluing. The only thing holding me back is that I already own a new 686. This would be a straight duplicate. I do love the .38/.357 round though. If it was a 6" model I would have already bought it.
     
  12. boatme98

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    Not quite. The 686 is an L frame, I believe. The 28's are a N frame.
    That's enough difference to add it to the safe. :)
    Go ahead, you know you want it......
     
  13. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    Boatme is right. the 686 is considered the medium framed class of revolvers.

    the 27 and the 28 were built on the large frames, just like the 29 in 44 magnum.

    the 28 was a less fancy version of the 27, marketed for LE usage. damn good pistols.

    $400 seems about right and i would be comfortable with giving that for it.
     
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  14. boatme98

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    Aandabooks, what about it?
    Did you go back for the 28-2?
     
  15. nitestalker

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    The Mdl. 28 was an economy version of the S&W Flagship Mdl. 27. The 28 lacked the high polished blue and checkered rib etc. of the Mdl. 27. This allowed police and civilians the reliable S&W "N" frame platform at a reasonable price. In 1962 you could buy the Mdl. 28 for $68 bucks. :)
     
  16. aandabooks

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    Not yet. I had another couple gun expenses come up and the cash fund is a little low at the moment. Hopefully the revolver will still be there next week when funds are available again.
     
  17. Bob Wright

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    Be aware that the Highway Patrolman and similar N-Framed Smiths are highly prized for conversion to .44 Specials. This generally means they don't weigh down the dealer's shelves too long.

    Bob Wright
     
  18. boatme98

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    Wow, I did not know that.
    Do you know how they hold up after conversions?
    No interest in converting mine, just curious.
     
  19. Bob Wright

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    These are old time Smith & Wessons, known for their endurance. Also, they usually are used with mild .44 Special ammunition, so far as I know are superb shooters.

    I haven't done such a conversion, only actually seen a few, most of them the older .38/44 Heavy Duty revovler (fixed sights) which have the old super smooth S&W DA action.

    Bob Wright
     
  20. aandabooks

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    I now have the money for it but a decision is needed. The other revolver I have been tossing around is this one:

    http://www.firearmstalk.com/forums/f16/any-17hmr-other-than-taurus-95444/

    It is a Ruger Single Six brand new for $369 at a farm store. About $200 cheaper than MSRP.

    If you had $400 burning a hole in you pocket for a new revolver, which one gets bought?