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Model 57, Rare 5-inch Barrel, A "Tool Room" Job

Posted 09-10-2009 at 11:11 AM by Doc44
Updated 09-11-2009 at 11:39 AM by Doc44

By late 1967, the Model 57 had been part of S&W's line of N-frame revolvers for nearly four years. It was standard with a 4, 6, or 8 3/8-inch barrel and either a bright blue or nickel finish. Like the Model 29, the Model 57 was never cataloged with a 5-inch barrel. In January 1968, S&W shipped a special order Model 57 with a 5-inch barrel and nickel finish. It was made for Colonel Cunningham, a person who had contacts in the S&W plant and was friends with S&W executives. The gun was shipped to Camfour, Inc. who also handled employee sales for S&W (it is unknown if this gun was sold at a special price).

In discussing this rare revolver with Roy Jinks, I mentioned to him it did not have a model number stamped in the yoke cut and the S&W logo on the side plate was slightly different that what is usually seen. He told me the revolver was made in S&W's tool room and that is why it did not have the usual markings. It is also the only Model 57 with a 5-inch barrel that has been lettered.

The only other Model 57 with a 5-inch barrel I have seen reference to was in the article, "Pistol Predator Hunting", by John Lachuk that appeared in the 1972 Guns & Ammo Annual. Mr. Lachuk shows a picture of a Model 57 with a 5-inch barrel and nickel finish and indicates it was a special order revolver made for him.

This rare revolver is shown in the photos below.

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    45Wheelgun's Avatar
    Another fantastic gun, thanks Bill!

    Can we see a picture of the unique logo on the sideplate?
    Posted 09-11-2009 at 07:52 AM by 45Wheelgun 45Wheelgun is offline
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    rfo1's Avatar
    What a gorgeous gun ! If possible I would like to see a photo of the right side of the barrel.
    Rick rfo1
    Posted 09-20-2009 at 03:02 PM by rfo1 rfo1 is offline
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    153's Avatar
    The sideplate logo actually looks hand engraved!
    Posted 10-14-2009 at 01:24 PM by 153 153 is offline
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    jj2am44's Avatar
    Boy, you can even see the scratches in the metal.
    Posted 12-09-2009 at 01:34 PM by jj2am44 jj2am44 is offline
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    Ok, I'm a new owner of a model 57. If I measure from the tip to the ridge before the actual cylinder, the barrel is 5 inches in length. Am I measuring this wrong?
    Posted 07-19-2012 at 11:09 PM by johnnylaw1 johnnylaw1 is offline
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