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Like many others, I have been wanting a 5-screw .357 Magnum, pre-27 for a good long while. The mail man delivered this one to my door today. It has the most common barrel length, 6", and it has a number of small scratches and blemishes. Even with them, it still looks pretty nice. According to Mr. Jinks, it was shipped in January, 1951.

The pics aren't the best. I took them outside and was not very successful in eliminating all the shadows.
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Like many others, I have been wanting a 5-screw .357 Magnum, pre-27 for a good long while. The mail man delivered this one to my door today. It has the most common barrel length, 6", and it has a number of small scratches and blemishes. Even with them, it still looks pretty nice. According to Mr. Jinks, it was shipped in January, 1951.

The pics aren't the best. I took them outside and was not very successful in eliminating all the shadows.
A nice early one - great example for a first one. If you are like many of us, once you get it to the range you will be hooked.
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Old 04-06-2020, 07:49 PM
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Gotta love those early 357s, and it looks like you picked a really nice one.Good catch!
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Old 04-06-2020, 07:57 PM
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Very nice your revolver, congratulations.
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Congrats, Charlie!

Looks like a beauty. If I could find a birth month and year I'd spring, but I'm mighty happy with my early Highway Patroman.

Enjoy!
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That's a great catch Charlie. I captured this shooter grade 6"er from 1954 last month...
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Very nice Charlie. Took me a while to find one too. I like yours better than mine, yours is in better condition. The pristine examples get snapped up quick and price also shoots up over a thousand pretty quickly. Are you going to shoot yours? If so we are looking forward to a range report.
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Nice revolver. I have one exactly like it shipped in 1957 and made in 1956. Thanks for sharing. Big Larry
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Nice .357 Mag.revolver.
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Beautiful - the photos make it look like the darkening evening reflected off of a calm summer lake with just a few small ripples here and there - liquid blue.

Congrats and thanks for sharing,
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WOW!! That's really nice. Good on you.
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Thanks a lot to all you guys for the nice comments. You will have to take my word for it that this is "only" a shooter. Nothing wrong with shooters since that is all I own. There are quite a few handling marks and scratches on the gun along with a couple of blemishes. None of them are bad, and the gun still looks really nice. Like Richard said, the "liquid blue" of the bright blue finish does a great job of hiding the scratches.

This is pretty much the type of S&W I try to add to my "collection". I like to shoot my guns and I like my guns to look nice. But imperfections do not bother me at all. Now if Leo918 would just "loan" me his set of Keith Brown stocks so I could see how they look on my gun...

I have seen lots of Pre-27s sell for $1200 and way up. Most of the ones I have seen that sold for what I gave for this one are very used and much abused. I don't think I got a smokin' hot deal for this one, but I gave $800 for it. All I know is that I am now happy with this one and it brings me closer to finishing my "want list". Riiiiiiiiiiiight... At least that's what I tell the wife.
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You got a good one, and congrats on that. But now its time to expand the wish-list....life gets boring when there's nothing left to chase!
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Personally, I’d rather have a shooter grade 5 screw, than a mint -2 for the same money. Congratulations!
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Very nice find! I'm thinking the barrel would be 6 1/2". I just picked up an 8 3/8" from 1956 to go with my 6 1/2" from 1953. They are just such gems. Congratulations.
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While dead bang mint guns have a place in my heart, on some days I prefer guns that have done things.

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Like many others, I have been wanting a 5-screw .357 Magnum, pre-27 for a good long while. The mail man delivered this one to my door today. It has the most common barrel length, 6", and it has a number of small scratches and blemishes. Even with them, it still looks pretty nice. According to Mr. Jinks, it was shipped in January, 1951.

The pics aren't the best. I took them outside and was not very successful in eliminating all the shadows.
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Very nice find! I'm thinking the barrel would be 6 1/2". I just picked up an 8 3/8" from 1956 to go with my 6 1/2" from 1953. They are just such gems. Congratulations.
6" barrel. I was pretty sure it was a 6"er, but I had not even thought to measure, just to be sure, until I saw your post.

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Got it off GunBroker. It came from a shop in Florida. Shipped last Friday and it arrived at my door on Monday. USPS priority mail. Given the circumstances we are living with today, that is outstanding delivery service.
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Beautiful - the photos make it look like the darkening evening reflected off of a calm summer lake with just a few small ripples here and there - liquid blue.

Congrats and thanks for sharing,
Richard, I had no idea you were such a romantic poet. Although I should have guessed that, knowing how much you love the artwork on so many of your guns. I honestly think that is the most beautiful description of a gun I have ever read. And I totally agree.

Thank you very much for that comment. You made my week!
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Very nice, but how do you get guns delivered to your door. You must have a FFL, I wish guns would show up at my door like that ………………………………………….M*
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Awww yes. I was looking at that one too on gunbroker but live in Florida and would have to pay taxes. So after mulling it over I checked back with the auction and seen some joker named flinthillscharlie had put in a bid on it so I figured "well maybe he won't have to pay any taxes" so I will just let him have it without a fight. Now I am very happy I made that decision, the gun is in a good home. Enjoy
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