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Old 01-22-2013, 09:11 AM
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Default Model 60 in .38 Special?

I know with all the Scandium and Airweights out there now it's easy to get spoiled. But any love out there still for the Model 60 in .38?

Back in the day I had a 649 and regreted that gone ever since. I'm not a real fan of alloy. Something about stainless steel in a "snubby" that just does it for me.

I recently grabbed a pre-lock model 60 .38 (1984) and it just feels good. Anybody else still loving the older model 60's in .38?

I see the prices around $400 - $500 in the used market so that might be a hint.
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I too love the little 60, it's what I have on my side right now and carry quite often. Mine is a pre R/J prefix from 1969. The 60 .38SPL is underrated and doesn't get talked about enough. For more firepower I carry the 3" 65 .357Mag.
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I have mine with me today also. Nice carry guns.
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About four years ago, I checked out a place called Gunsmoke (before they became famous with the reality show shtick) for some gunsmithing.In a display case,on the bottom shelf,was a dirty model 60 they had just taken in.Offered em $250 and took it home.It's a keeper.

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In 1978, my father purchased a model 60 no dash snub and presented it to me at a promotion ceremony during my PD day's. I carried it as my back up on duty, and it served me well as my off duty piece. For 23 yrs. the little 60 was with me as my back up either in a upside down shld. holster or in a special holster attached to my body armour.

Although I now carry a 66-1 (2.5") as my primary in retirement, I continue to take the 60 to the range at least once a month, and it still performs as well as it did the day I got it. I have the box and all the papers including the receipt of purchase and the unopened cleaning kit.

Each time I open the gun safe, the 60 looks at me and my thoughts return to the day that my dad gave it to me, and how proud he was of his son. I do miss him.............
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I think the Model 60-ND is one of the finest small revolvers ever made. They are only 4-oz heavier than the ubiquitous 642/442 and well worth the small weight penalty.
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Pre-lock m 60, .38 spl...It don't get no better.
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Have had one for over 30 years. Great guns. Giving it to my daughter this weekend as she loves it too.
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My little pocket companion for 35 years.
Purchased new ($123) from Jensen's in Tucson.
Southern Arizona was a bit dangerous even back then.
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I bought this one new in '85 and still carry it around the place quite a bit. If we weren't having Summer Bear visitors lately, I'd carry it even more.

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I picked up a model 60 about 5 years ago for $325. Had the hammer bobbed and a trigger job by a local GS. Added a tyler T-grip. Been a great pocket gun.

I haven't carried it much for about a year, but it came out of the safe this past weekend and is back to being my EDC.

BTW, my first J frame was a 60-9 in .357. I love that gun, but not a good pocket carry.
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Hey! One-upmanship is not nice!
More seriously, that is a very nice looking Chiefs Special Stainless. I have never been a big fan of engraved revolvers and will probably never own one. In fact, if it is so covered with engraving that you can hardly see the frame, I actually don't like it. But this one - this one looks great. The essentially minimalist engraving looks quite lovely on this revolver. And the ivory stocks set it off very well. Thanks for showing it to us.
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I think I bought this 1988 60 no-dash in about '05. Carried it a lot and put some honest wear and scratches on it . . .

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I have a Model 60, purchased it new in 1974. Did a polish and spring job on the gun (this was in the era before the spring kits came out) Turned that little gun into a nice carry gun. It was my constant companion for a couple years and then I replaced it with a .45 1911. Still have it but itís mostly a safe queen now!

Carried in an upside down Bianchi holster under my vest when I was ridding my MC. Gun fit the bill small light and very concealable.
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My little pocket companion for 35 years.
Purchased new ($123) from Jensen's in Tucson.
Southern Arizona was a bit dangerous even back then.
I like that 5-round strip. What brand is it?
I use an old Bianchi Speed Strip that I load with 6 rounds, just because that's what they hold. All my Speed Strips are due to be replaced as the tab has already broken off one of them, and all were purchased at the same time.
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I've been keeping my eye out for a reasonably priced 60. Kinda hard to come by any more!
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Bought my one and only J frame, a M-60, in 1974 it went to work with me every day for 27 years. Enough said.
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I like that 5-round strip. What brand is it?
I use an old Bianchi Speed Strip that I load with 6 rounds, just because that's what they hold. All my Speed Strips are due to be replaced as the tab has already broken off one of them, and all were purchased at the same time.
That's a Tuff Products Quickstrip.
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I've been keeping my eye out for a reasonably priced 60. Kinda hard to come by any more!
Yeah, I've seen them going for $600 around here. Too rich for my blood.
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I seen one today (ladysmith) for a few dollars under $400, It is at beaver sport and pawn in beaver utah. While I didnt handle it, it looked nice in the case. Clarance is a good guy to deal with.
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I cut that tabs off mine, same on Bianchi's. Makes it smaller to carry and there is no right or wrong end to orient and you can load from either end.
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My wife still carries her 1980 vintage Model 60 I bought for her when we got married in 1986. Bumped into a friend a few weeks ago who was the department armorer at my old agency and asked him do a spring job on it. Just got it back and man is that thing sweet.
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In follow up to my earlier post, I use the Bianchi strips with my 66-1 and always use the six strip for the 60. 11 rounds are better than 10 anyday, and who knows, you might need that extra round for the kill shot. I can understand cutting the tab, but I look at it as something extra to grab a hold of in a fire fight especially if you are on the move finding cover.

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I love the 60s. I have owned several over the years and still have one. Every time I would sell or trade one I would go find another.
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I can understand cutting the tab, but I look at it as something extra to grab a hold of in a fire fight especially if you are on the move finding cover.

Just my thoughts, yours may vary............
I just grab the strip either end and strip off two at a time. On a 5 or 6 shot, it's three strip offs, two at a time, either way that I've gotten used to. Everyone does it their own way, that's mine.
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They just did a run of Model 60's in .38 and all of the dealers in my area had a few. i grabbed one and love it. It does have the lock, but its great looking, great shooting, and easy to carry .
I also have a 3inch 60 .357 no lock which i use as my hiking gun, but there is nothing like the 60 in .38 only
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I cut that tabs off mine, same on Bianchi's. Makes it smaller to carry and there is no right or wrong end to orient and you can load from either end.
I can see your point. I like the tab but then I'm just used to it that way.

The ones I have were made sometime back in the 20th Century.
They're just not as pliable as they were when new.
The tab broke off one and if it broke there it might break anywhere under stress, so it's about time to retire them from carry and replace them.

I still have the broken one, I just tossed it to the side. I may clean it up and experiment with it.
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Have like many others carried mine for many years.

Sometimes wonder if it was the best purchase I ever made.
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Bought my first J a M-60 in 1977 and carried daily as a back up and off duty gun til 1994 when I stupidly traded it off for a new M-640. I have several j frames nowadays but sadly no M-60.
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I like the Model 60, compact, strong, well built and fun to shoot. Here is a photo of an early 60 and some papers that were with the gun when I bought it.






And here is a Target sighted brother.

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This is a picture of a no-dash Mod 60 I bought new in 1982. It was the first S&W revolver to show up in my area that didn't have a pinned barrel, yet still retained the "no-dash" designation.... It and many other S&W's of that era shipped without a pinned barrel and/or a recessed cylinder. They became known as "transitional guns" until both those features were completely phased out later...

I would guess these fine Mod 60 firearms had to be among the most carried off-duty and CCW revolvers by law enforcement officers for a couple of decades. They were in short supply to the public from their introduction for that very reason....

Just a short recalled history lesson, children...

Long live the Mod 60!!
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Love mine. It's a 60-7 and is rated by S&W to be ok for +P ammo due
to internal improvements but retains the older and smaller pre magnum
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This is a picture of a no-dash Mod 60 I bought new in 1982. It was the first S&W revolver to show up in my area that didn't have a pinned barrel, yet still retained the "no-dash" designation.... It and many other S&W's of that era shipped without a pinned barrel and/or a recessed cylinder. They became known as "transitional guns" until both those features were completely phased out later...

I would guess these fine Mod 60 firearms had to be among the most carried off-duty and CCW revolvers by law enforcement officers for a couple of decades. They were in short supply to the public from their introduction for that very reason....

Just a short recalled history lesson, children...

Long live the Mod 60!!

No .38 ever had recessed chambers. That was just for .22's and Magnums.
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Its a strange thing, the model 60 is one of the most affordable S&W's you see up in these parts. I constantly see nice (to very nice) conditioned no dash 60's priced at $299-349 at local gun shops. I have carried an early 70's one for approximately 15 years and will never give it away, but that hasn't stopped me from buying 3 more in the last two years. How do you say no to a $300 model 60 no dash???

Most of my gun friends usually carried the typical Glock/XD/Sig semi-autos and they constantly ribbed me about carrying an "old man's" gun. But I kid you not, all three of my recent model 60 purchases are now owned by three of those semi-auto guys. Two of them use it as their primary carry gun, and the third is leaning that way. I guess an "old man's" gun is not too bad after all.

And yes, I will still buy more if I see them at a nice price.....
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Its a strange thing, the model 60 is one of the most affordable S&W's you see up in these parts. I constantly see nice (to very nice) conditioned no dash 60's priced at $299-349 at local gun shops. I have carried an early 70's one for approximately 15 years and will never give it away, but that hasn't stopped me from buying 3 more in the last two years. How do you say no to a $300 model 60 no dash???

Most of my gun friends usually carried the typical Glock/XD/Sig semi-autos and they constantly ribbed me about carrying an "old man's" gun. But I kid you not, all three of my recent model 60 purchases are now owned by three of those semi-auto guys. Two of them use it as their primary carry gun, and the third is leaning that way. I guess an "old man's" gun is not too bad after all.

And yes, I will still buy more if I see them at a nice price.....
When I had one, it was my most carried gun. I didn't plan it that way, but they just conceal so well that it is a gun that can always be with you. When I bought it, my main carry was a 1911. That M60 really came in handy!
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I just made a trade for one. Can't wait to get it. I traded my 40c for it and I think it was a good deal.
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No .38 ever had recessed chambers. That was just for .22's and Magnums.
If you re-read what I wrote you'll find I said "and/or" as I was referring to all frames of that era...
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I love the S&W Model 60 but i prefer the later model 60 with the 3 inch barrel and the
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I have 5 S&W's-- all revolvers, all j-frames, and all pinned-barrel Chiefs. Two of those are model 60's, one of which (along with an old model 36) is my EDC. So, jetflier, I guess you could say that yes, all these other guys & me are still loving the original 38 spl model 60's.
BTW I have a couple 5-round quick-strips too, handy and cheap at under ten bucks for the pair. A quick-strip carries very well in the watch pocket of a pair of jeans, or a belt pouch- way less obtrusive than a speedloader.
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I picked up a used S/S M60 no dash in 2007 from a LGS. took it home and took off the grips to do a good cleanig. The backbone is engraved Pittsfield PD.
My ser# is R299xxx, and I am pretty sure is was late 1983 production.Great little gun,
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How about a NIB, unfired, manufactured in 1973 Model 60 with box, papers, cleaning kit, etc?

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I know with all the Scandium and Airweights out there now it's easy to get spoiled. But any love out there still for the Model 60 in .38?

Back in the day I had a 649 and regreted that gone ever since. I'm not a real fan of alloy. Something about stainless steel in a "snubby" that just does it for me.

I recently grabbed a pre-lock model 60 .38 (1984) and it just feels good. Anybody else still loving the older model 60's in .38?

I see the prices around $400 - $500 in the used market so that might be a hint.
Carry guns come and go, but I always come back to my 3" Model 60. Especially in the summer.
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Model 60 goodness - until Wifey decided she liked it also. Now it's hers so I picked up this M649 to replace it.
Like to have a nickel for every offer I've had to purchase the M60.

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I picked up a used S/S M60 no dash in 2007 from a LGS. took it home and took off the grips to do a good cleanig. The backbone is engraved Pittsfield PD.
My ser# is R299xxx, and I am pretty sure is was late 1983 production.Great little gun,
Loved the paperwork that came with your gun!!
According to the book it was shipped in late 1981. Hope that is of some help.
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I picked up my first snubbie this past summer, a Ruger SP-101 .357 Magnum and soon decided I needed a Model 60...been keeping me eyes open for one ever since.
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