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Old 05-07-2012, 10:38 AM
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Notice I didn't say best, just the coolest.

1. They are N frames. Sorry fans of M, I, J, K, L etc. but N frames are just cooler than any of the others. I love K frames but the N frames beat them out. Blame Dirty Harry.

2. Caliber. .38/.357 is the premier revolver cartridge. The .357 started us all down the path to high power hand gun rounds. They also served as the standard LE round for many years. They would still be used if you could come up with a 15 round K frame.

3. 27's are available in just about any barrel length you need from 3.5" to 8 3/8"

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4. You can also get any of these in nickel if thats what floats your boat.

5. They have great bluing and the triggers are among the best Smith ever produced.

6. Now before you start your counter arguments about why some other model is more cool than the 27, there is one thing the 27 has that no other model does. It has the checkering on the top strap. Sorry the argument ends there



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I am sure everyone will have their own preferences but I sure do enjoy taking my 3.5" 27-2 to the range and then cleaning her up.
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You're close, but Pre-27s are cooler!

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The Registered Magnums in the 1930s, and their descendants through the Model 27-2, were always the top of the S&W line. The 44 Magnum was more powerful, but the 27 was the most deluxe revolver and was the flagship of the S&W line.

The 27 has long been my favorite revolver with the 5" being my personal preference for the best one. But I also have some in 3.5", 4" (that one is actually an RM), 6.5" and 8.375". The 6" is the only one I have never owned because that length never excited me.
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I can't offer any argument, they are incredibly cool. I really like my 4" M27-2. Never realized how scarce those are until I joined this Forum.
One thing I have always wondered about. Why is this the only model they put the fancy checkering on? I would think the .44 Magnum, later called the M29 would be a good candidate for it. If I had to guess, I would say it was because when the .357 Magnum came out in 1935 it was the top of the line gun. In 1956 when the .44 Magnum was offered it's only outstanding quality was caliber.
I'd like to hear others thoughts on why the .357 Magnum M27 and it's Pre variants were the only ones that got this treatment.
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If I could own only one S&W revolver it would be a model 27-2, blue with a 4 inch barrel.

If I could own only two S&W revolvers, I'd add a model 29-2, blue with a 4 inch barrel.

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I agree with everything SaxonPig said and to me they are the best looking S&W revolver in the line up. I also think the 5 inch is the best balanced and I like shooting my 3.5 inch at the range. I have a 4 inch in nickel finish and it's really pretty and the crown jewel in my collection is a 5 inch only fired at the factory with a nickel finish.

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I believe it’s somewhat of a macho thing, a finely made Large frame .357 Magnum revolver just screams I’m all about business don’t fuss with me. The original 3 ” barreled guns were developed for one purpose only, to put law enforcement on even footing with the gangsters of the day.
I will be the first to admit I’m as enthralled the N frame’s as the next guy.
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Thanks to everyone for adding their photos. I have to find the elusive reasonably priced 3.5" gun.
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I have had two Model 27's over the years, a nickel 5-inch and favorite 3 1/2 inch. It's hard not to like these.

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I foolishly sold a 5" a couple years back , but still have this one.


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I had a M27 8 3/8" in the 70's. Sold it...
Now have a 5", I like it better then the 8 3/8", easer to carry.

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3.5 inch has about the best balance of near all of my revolvers.
Here is an old 27-1 with a Berns-Martin rig.
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Could you post a better pic of the checkering you've mentioned. Can't quite see it in the one you posted.

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Can't go wrong with a 27/627. I hope the find a nickel 3.5 one day
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You are spot on about the 27. I have never understood the cachet that the Python holds to many over the 27, it's pretty but a weaker action, its DA is not as pleasant nor consitant to me, recoil is not as well managed as in the N frame and it doesn't have the groovy checkering. The 27 is the pistol version of a Spartan hoplite in a tuxedo: stately, polished, looks good and totally capable at any moment of killing in a very violent and efficient manner.

The only problem I have with the 27 (besides the fact that I am currently 27/RM-less) is the caliber. My perfect gun is the 27 configuration chambered in .44 Special, that's the ultimate.
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I saw a nickle 3.5" Model 27 at the Ft. Worth gunshow yesterday in a wooden box w/ papers and some of the original tools for $950. Don't know if it was a good deal or not.
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The gunniest gun I ever saw is a 3.5 inch model 27 with a nickel finish. Nothing looks more .....I trying to think of a word that fits and can't think of one.

The second gunniest gun is the 2.5 in model 19. I just think those very short shrouded barrels have the most business like look of any firearm. Bar none.
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Here's a detail of the checkering.





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Only N Frame I ever owned was a Model 28 I was given for doing some work; I traded it out right away. The 28 is nowhere near the finish of the 27. My only .357 is a Model 19 . My question is: Is the Pre-27 comparable to the Python, or was it a competitor to the Shooting Master?
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Yes, 27's are COOL, but what can a 27 do that my 28 can't do?
Sure, it is missing some of the bling, but ALL of the function is there!
My 28 no dash 6 incher, is mighty nice. Maybe if I had a 27, I'd agree. Regardless enjoy your 27, they are a fine sought after Smith. Bob
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The 27 has long been my favorite revolver with the 5" being my personal preference for the best one.
The Model 27 is my favorite Smith. And I also think the 5" M27 is the absolute best in balance and eye appeal. Here's another pic for a great thread.

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Love the 27's they are "All That" and more.
Oh BTW also love my 28, K-22's, 19's etc......
Here's my 2 short barrel 27's the 3 1/2" and the 4"



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That's a fact! I guess I'll make do with my nickel 27-2 for now.
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Could be my favorite S&W - right now anyway.

3 1/2" 27-2 Nickel - Austin Police Dept. It shows carry wear, but I love it.

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I'll let you know what I think of the 27 in a week. Just bought an S-prefix 5" one this morning - my first 27. I pick it up next week, when I can get some time off from work.

And now let me ask - what's the importance of the S-prefix? Apparently it's sort of a big deal, but I can't find anything to tell me why.

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I think what's cool about the M27 is that they are just great shooters.



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Mine has to be the best shooting gun I have ever owned.

1964 27-2



Got a little artsy with this one.

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I think the 27 embodies both the old and new of Smith and Wesson revolvers. A revolver first offered in the 50's and still a seller in the 80's, proves that classic quality never goes out of style.
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There is one other gun with a checkered topstrap, the stainless steel Model 627 and 627-0 of the 1980s.

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There's a couple 28's mixed in, and for shooting, I can't tell the difference. Joe
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Wow, what's not to like about this thread. So far I've only got long tubes, an unfired one circa 1976 and the super sweet S prefix circa 1964'ish, not original grips unfortunately. Need to get it out and warm it up again.

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Yup!

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The gunniest gun I ever saw is a 3.5 inch model 27 with a nickel finish. Nothing looks more .....I trying to think of a word that fits and can't think of one.

The second gunniest gun is the 2.5 in model 19. I just think those very short shrouded barrels have the most business like look of any firearm. Bar none.
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I envy you guys that can settle on 1 favorite revolver.
My list of must haves gets longer and longer everytime I visit the forum. I really need to win the lottery.
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Because they're the only N frame that came with a 3 1/2" barrel and when you shoot some LOADS in them around about twilight....!!!
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I want to know what Sal thinks! Calling Dr. 27...are you in the house? Why are they soooooo COOL?
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How cool is that?! Awesome picture! Thanks for posting it.


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"...what can a 27 do that my 28 can't do?"

If you have to ask, you wouldn't understand.

A Cadillac and a Chevy are both cars, too...

I have a first year Highway Patrolman and the HP/M28 is a good, serviceable revolver. But it really shouldn't be mentioned in the same breath as the 27. The question really becomes "What can a 28 do that the 27 doesn't do with more style and panache?"


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You are spot on about the 27. I have never understood the cachet that the Python holds to many over the 27, it's pretty but a weaker action, its DA is not as pleasant nor consitant to me, recoil is not as well managed as in the N frame and it doesn't have the groovy checkering. The 27 is the pistol version of a Spartan hoplite in a tuxedo: stately, polished, looks good and totally capable at any moment of killing in a very violent and efficient manner.

The only problem I have with the 27 (besides the fact that I am currently 27/RM-less) is the caliber. My perfect gun is the 27 configuration chambered in .44 Special, that's the ultimate.
How about this one? It is a 1962 era M27 that was shipped with a 3 1/2" barrel. Back in 1976, Walker Arms in Selma, Alabama rechambered the cylinder to .44 Special and added the original 6 1/2" 1950 Target barrel. In 2005, I had David Clements in Woodlawn, Virginia cut the barrel to 5", add the ramp front sight, and reblue it.

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