Smith & Wesson model 28 Highway Patrol

Discussion in 'Revolver Handguns' started by rastas47, Jul 12, 2009.

  1. rastas47

    rastas47 New Member

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    Hello Folks,
    I just purchased a S&W Model 28-2 Highway Patrolman .357 revolver in pretty much pristine condition. A little holster wear on the muzzle and cylinder where the bluing has worn and it does not have the original grips. Does anyone have an idea of the worth, availability/rarity of this pistol. It has a red front sight insert that I'm told was factory installed and adjustable rear sights. All mechanical aspects of the gun are sound and it has the original "duty" bluing (not the pristine shiny bluing of some guns). The serial number is N530XXX. Any information would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks...Richard
     
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  2. WDB

    WDB New Member

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    Ras, welcome to the forum, take a few and visit the new member welcome intro thread.

    Also it's best not to list your firearms serial number. List it as N53XXXX. You should go back and edit your post.
     

  3. rastas47

    rastas47 New Member

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    Thanks for the advice, how do I go back and edit the post?
     
  4. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    Welcome to the FTF community. You have good taste. A Model 28 is on my wish list.
     
  5. stalkingbear

    stalkingbear Well-Known Member

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    I've had several model 28s and still regret selling all of them. They are basically a N frame model 27, but without the frills.
     
  6. WDB

    WDB New Member

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    If you go back to your post you should see a edit tab in the bottm right. If you don't see it ask the moderator to edit your post. They often do this when someone post a serial number.
     
  7. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    The M-28 is a work horse of a revolver. The -2 version was made from 1961 until 1982. The N prefix serial number puts it after 1965. You did not specify but most 28's were 4". There were some with 6" barrels but I am not sure of the exact numbers.

    I found a nice 28 several years back for $200. They are probably in the $400-$600 range today.
     
  8. trex1310

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    M28

    I recently acquired a M28 6" NIB unfired. Mine is serial# N954xxx
    made in 85 or 86 I think. The M28 is a great gun.
     
  9. rastas47

    rastas47 New Member

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    Thanks for the feedback Robo, I am even more pleased at my purchase now. I can't wait to get to the range and air it out a bit. I load my own ammo so I'm also looking for a nice recipe for target shooting. By the way, it is a 4" barrel. Once again, thanks...Ras
     
  10. rastas47

    rastas47 New Member

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    You folks are great, thanks for the feedback! Looking forwared to working up a good load for the range. Keep the comments coming...Ras
     
  11. Clem

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    My first handgun was a 6” Model 27-2 that I got used in 1974. It is the Model 28 with a nice finish. Mine has one of the best out of the box double action triggers I have ever tried. It also shoots beautifully. Rugged as he**. I still have it and don’t expect to ever sell it. That said, I don’t tend to shoot it too much these days. I shoot my stainless 627 a lot more. I know I can’t really damage the finish of the 627, and the 27 is becoming a collectable classic.
     
  12. trex1310

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    Value

    The value of your 28 is between $500-$700.
     
  13. danhill

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    Smith & Wesson model 28 Higway Patrolman

    I don't know who told you that the red insert was factory installed, but as far as I know the Model 28 did not come from the factory with any sight inserts.

    You have piqued my curiosity though, especially since you say it doesn't have the original grips. I had a Model 28 in the 70's that I lost due to financial problems caused by a divorce. Mine was a 6", so I don't think that it is the one you have, but I did replace the grips, hammer and trigger with the target versions of each and installed a red sight insert on it. I really miss that gun because it was a great shooter.

    I missed it so much that I recently bought another one nearly like it. It has the oversize target grips and target hammer and I installed a new target trigger on it. It's highly accurate and has a smooth, light trigger pull. Right now I'm trying to locate a source of translucent plastic so I can install a sight insert in it. Once that is done, I'll have pretty much the same one I had 30 years ago.
     
  14. wjcollins1

    wjcollins1 New Member

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    i need a barrel

    hello all,
    who can tell me where i can find a 6" nickel barrel for a 28-2
     
  15. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    The red insert in the front sight could have been a special order item. I have never seen a 28 with anything but a plain black front sight. That is not to say none were made that way. I have an old M-520 (the fixed sight version of the M-28) and it does have the red insert.
     
  16. ArizonaLawman

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    JERK! I HATE YOU!

    Lol...j/k!

    Awesome on the Mod 28. I have been looking to replace one that I let get away years ago. Nice score on a fantastic revolver.

    Around here a nice one can go for as much as $550.
     
  17. rjgnwdc

    rjgnwdc New Member Supporter

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    picture please

    We are going to need some pictures of the Smith & Wesson model 28 Highway Patrol :D
     
  18. ArizonaLawman

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    Back when they were still making the Model 28, you could still order Smith & Wesson wheelguns outfitted as you wanted them.

    I ordered my Model 66 with a red insert, black rear sights, wide target hammer, and NARROW combat trigger.
     
  19. Luderman

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    S&w 28-2

    I've just aquired a smith and wesson model 28-2 with a 6" barrel that was my grandfathers. I'm curious about the age of the gun, the serial number is G242XXX hoping someone can help.
     
  20. dthomas

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    Model 28

    They are a decent workhorse and the sand-blasted finish was because these were made in part for police departments as a a no-frills .357 magnum. By not putting a high polish on them - they saved money on the labor. I have two of them and they are in perfect condition, one still in the box never fired worth more than $1000. Both have the 6" barrel that I own.