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Did S&W come out with a stainless steel version of the Highway Patrolman and call it the 628? Just like the stainless steel version of the Model 29 was called the 629. Just curious.
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No, but there are plenty of model 28s refinished in hard chrome, satin nickel and similar stainless-like finishes that lead to new questions here about once a month.
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It's probably a safe bet they might have, had production of the 28 lasted longer. Without dragging my book out, I think the 28s ended production in 1986.

You had the K frame 66s and L frame 686s on the market, so the model 28 kind of became redundant to be made in stainless. This was a time when you could still find a lot of revolvers in police holsters, but more and more were packing autoloaders. The writing was on the wall for the 28. I am a little surprised they lasted as long as the did after the 686 was produced.

The 27 was still the full featured model and still had marketability.
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No, but they did produce the 627. That should quench your thirst!
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No, but they did produce the 627. That should quench your thirst!
I would guess that since both would be stainless, the difference in fit & finish between a 627 and the proposed 628 wouldn't be great enough to warrant a substantial price reduction, so what would be the point?
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No, that's under 'things S&W SHOULD have made'

Just like they should have made a M658.
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Thanks for the input. Yes I can see why they would have gone the route they did. I just think the Highway Patrolman is just a cool revolver. I got my first one just about 50 years ago. A guy wanted an outboard motor in the worst way and sold his 28 to me for $45 and this included a holster!
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I think for any real practical use the L frame 357s were the end of the N frame 6 shooters. Kind of a shame the 27s and 28s were iconic guns
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Stainless guns were introduced for law enforcement and the 28 was the lower price point to the 27. Model 60’s and 66’s were the mainstay and doubt making a stainless 28 ever came to mind as N frames were loosing their appeal for law enforcement carry. It was years later they even made a stainless 27 and only then in small numbers.
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Thanks for the input. Yes I can see why they would have gone the route they did. I just think the Highway Patrolman is just a cool revolver. I got my first one just about 50 years ago. A guy wanted an outboard motor in the worst way and sold his 28 to me for $45 and this included a holster!
For the longest time I thought of it as a lesser gun. It wasn't until I had one in my hand that I realized the error of my thinking. The model 28 isn't a lesser gun at all, but rather all the gun you need.

The same size, heft, and action of the iconic model 27, but in a stripped down version that made it easier to acquire. A Patrolman on the beat in 1954 could have had this gun in his holster, and his hand nor his holster could have told the difference between it and a model 27.

Not to mention it has a badass name. It even says it on the barrel. If only the model 27 were so cool.
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