Smithy & Wesson Highway Patrolman

Discussion in 'Revolver Handguns' started by raveneap, Apr 17, 2013.

  1. raveneap

    raveneap New Member

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    I've been wanting a Model 28 for quite a while and finally found what looked like a good deal at a show a couple months ago. Highway patrolman 4", tight all seems mechanically good but was not well cared for cosmetically. Many light scratches and rust spots and generally poor finish. As I have no thought of ever selling it but just want it for my own enjoyment, I sent it off to SW for complete refinishing about 6 weeks ago. According to serial number I believe it was built in 1972. Smith said probably 12 weeks turnaround so waiting like a kid for Christmas morning. ;)

    Will post before & after pics when it gets home.
     
  2. ratpacker

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    Good Luck with your ...re-finish N-FRAME orig.jpg
     

  3. Olympus

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    What kind of refinish did you have done? The 28 originally came from the factory with more of a matte blue.
     
  4. aandabooks

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    Not to be nosy but what did you give for the gun? I know where there is a NIB Model 28 for $600 that I've been thinking about for quite awhile. I think they are great looking guns. Congrats on getting yourself one. I can't wait to see what S&W does with yours.
     
  5. raveneap

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    The only rebluing SW offers now is the "Blalck Pentrate.". More of a black than blue but all you can now get for Smith factory refinish on blued guns. Reportedly polishes up really well and I think it's pretty close if not the same as new SW blued revolvers. Apparently they stopped doing the old high gloss blue due to environmental concerns re: the chemicals involved.
     
  6. raveneap

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    i picked it up in a trade but have about $400.00 in the gun itself . If you can get one NIB for $600 I'd grab it. Just my opinion but I'd been wanting one for quite some time.That's about what I'll have in mine including trade and rebluing.
     
  7. raveneap

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    Thanks. Very nice looking job.
     
  8. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    A 1972 Model 28 is FAR superior to a newly made version. The MIM parts used now are inferior to the old forged parts. $600 for a pre-lock 28? Freaking awesome! I would'nt give $400 for a new one
     
  9. raveneap

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    Think he must have meant an old NIB - the Model 28 nasn't been made in quite a while.
     
  10. aandabooks

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    The one I have a line on is a 1970 model. Don't know that I can be the guy to buy it and fire a 43 year old NIB gun. I don't have safe queens.
     
  11. raveneap

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    Buy it and shoot it. From all i've read, they're tougher than nails!
     
  12. boatme98

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    Mine is a 1956 Highway Patrolman, 4" barrel. I'm the third owner.
    It had a very light rust spot on the tip of the barrel from holster storage (polished right off).
    The cylinder ring is almost nonexistent. It's been fired very little in its fifty-seven years.
     
  13. onenut58

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    Rat packer that looks like a model 27 barrel on your pinto with that partridge site on it.
    The model 28 was a no frills working gun. It had the satin finish blue and no checkering and ramped front site. The model 27 had the partridge target site and high polish blue and the checkered back strap and barrel rib.
    That is the the only difference in a model 27 and 28.
     
  14. boatme98

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    The 28 also has a case hardened hammer and trigger. Does the 27?
     
  15. gunsmoke11

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    Yes the model 27 has a casehardened hammer and trigger.
    [​IMG]
     
  16. swpd107

    swpd107 New Member

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    Dude. I'm so jealous!!! That was the first gun I ever owned!!! I haven't seen one around for 20 years. If I remember correctly the bluing on those was the economy type. The Model 27 was the real deep pretty blue.
     
  17. boatme98

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    Jeeze Gunsmoke, that's art right there!
     
  18. gunsmoke11

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    Thanks. In 1989 Cherry's Guns in NC issued 500 sets containing 12 guns each with guns consisting of both S&W's and Colt's. Each gun represented a Fredrick Remington painting and laser engraved a representation of it on the frame with the painting's name on the barrel. Each gun had features not normally found on that model. The 7" barrel on this one is just one of those. The model 27 was the only gun among the 12 that didn't have over sized grips. Most of those sets were broken up due to their high cost. With that said this one is one of five hundred 27's made and the rest of this set was divided up between my friends. I shoot this gun and it shoots great.
     
  19. raveneap

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    Well, should be nearing the receipt of my refinished Model 28. It went to SW on 3/4/13 so it's been a little over 4 months.