Smith & Wesson Forum

Go Back   Smith & Wesson Forum > >

Notices

S&W Revolvers: 1961 to 1980 3-Screw PINNED Barrel SWING-OUT Cylinder Hand Ejectors


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 09-11-2020, 09:05 PM
walldj45 walldj45 is offline
Member
What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2 What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2 What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2 What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2 What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2  
Join Date: Sep 2020
Posts: 1
Likes: 0
Liked 9 Times in 1 Post
Default What do I have here? Nickel or Chrome 28-2

I hope this is in the right sub-forum. I picked this up a few months ago and haven't gotten around to looking it up. It appears to be a 28-2 with a relatively early SN but I don't know what year. I'm guessing this is a refinished gun since the nickel factory ones are so rare, were there any factory chrome guns? Regardless I like that the left the ejector star, hammer and trigger in the original. The trigger and hammer look almost case hardened? I apologize for the cell phone pictures but they're all I have for now, any info would be appreciated!







Reply With Quote
The Following 9 Users Like Post:
  #2  
Old 09-11-2020, 09:12 PM
rwadley1 rwadley1 is offline
Member
What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2 What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2 What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2 What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2 What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2  
Join Date: Dec 2018
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 146
Likes: 305
Liked 370 Times in 83 Posts
Default

I'm not an expert, but factory nickel guns are usually stamp with an "N" on the back of the cylinder where yours is stamped "H".

They also usually have an "N" stamp under the stocks.
Reply With Quote
The Following User Likes This Post:
  #3  
Old 09-11-2020, 09:14 PM
RGNewell's Avatar
RGNewell RGNewell is online now
Vendor
What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2 What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2 What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2 What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2 What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2  
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: San Antonio, Texas
Posts: 418
Likes: 201
Liked 813 Times in 209 Posts
Default

I would get a letter

Sent from my SM-N960U using Tapatalk
__________________
MAGNUMCARRY.COM
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 09-11-2020, 09:45 PM
murphydog's Avatar
murphydog murphydog is offline
Moderator
What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2 What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2 What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2 What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2 What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2  
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 21,577
Likes: 81
Liked 11,664 Times in 6,324 Posts
Default

Welcome! The serial number indicates it was likely made in 1972.

As you know, factory nickel model 28s are rare, and their serial numbers are known; someone who has them should be along shortly. It is in the known SN range as I recall.

The H stamped on the rear cylinder face indicates the part was supposed to have a matte (instead of polished) blue finish.
__________________
Alan
SWCA 2023, SWHF 220
Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Like Post:
  #5  
Old 09-11-2020, 11:20 PM
Injunbro Injunbro is offline
Member
What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2 What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2 What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2 What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2 What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2  
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Arizona
Posts: 310
Likes: 2,344
Liked 618 Times in 191 Posts
Default

To answer your questions: Case hardened hammer & trigger is normal for factory nickel plated guns. I've never heard of factory chromed guns, I doubt yours is. Most likely yours is a refinish.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 09-11-2020, 11:55 PM
JP@AK's Avatar
JP@AK JP@AK is offline
US Veteran
What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2 What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2 What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2 What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2 What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2  
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Palmer, Alaska
Posts: 11,135
Likes: 3,647
Liked 11,546 Times in 4,485 Posts
Default

S&W did experiment with chrome for a short while, but not on the Highway Patrolman.

The jury is out, but I tend to doubt that is factory nickel. Also, the GA target stocks are not original. Nice though.
__________________
Jack
SWCA #2475, SWHF #318
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 09-12-2020, 12:04 AM
kraynky's Avatar
kraynky kraynky is offline
Member
What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2 What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2 What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2 What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2 What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2  
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Central Kentucky
Posts: 2,309
Likes: 8,878
Liked 3,724 Times in 1,412 Posts
Default

Good looking HP, whatever it turns out to be. Know any history about it? Is it a recent purchase for you? I like it, a lot.
Reply With Quote
The Following User Likes This Post:
  #8  
Old 09-12-2020, 06:11 AM
ACORN's Avatar
ACORN ACORN is offline
Member
What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2 What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2 What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2 What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2 What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2  
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: North Huntingdon Pa.
Posts: 2,470
Likes: 3,380
Liked 4,743 Times in 1,526 Posts
Default

Looks righteous to me, but what do I know?
If it’s a refinish it looks to be well done.
It looks like nickel also. To my eyes nickel has a slight yellow cast.
__________________
Who are those guys?

Last edited by ACORN; 09-12-2020 at 06:47 AM.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 09-12-2020, 07:04 AM
boykinlp's Avatar
boykinlp boykinlp is online now
SWCA Member
What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2 What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2 What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2 What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2 What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2  
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: South Carolina
Posts: 5,096
Likes: 6,622
Liked 6,039 Times in 1,880 Posts
Default

Wow OP,
That is quite a first post! The gun looks very well done to me. Thanks for sharing. I, too, would like to know what history you know on the gun. Getting a letter is definitely a good idea.
Larry
__________________
SWCA #3198-Each one, teach one
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 09-12-2020, 07:18 AM
OLDSTER's Avatar
OLDSTER OLDSTER is online now
Member
What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2 What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2 What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2 What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2 What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2  
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: North Dakota
Posts: 8,094
Likes: 9,853
Liked 7,697 Times in 2,246 Posts
Default

Looks like a pretty darn good refinish. Welcome from North Dakota
__________________
John
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 09-12-2020, 08:16 AM
Jack Flash's Avatar
Jack Flash Jack Flash is offline
SWCA Member
What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2 What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2  
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Michigan
Posts: 8,417
Likes: 25,916
Liked 9,073 Times in 3,332 Posts
Default

There were about 25 made up for the Florida Highway Patrol, but they had 5" barrels. Besides, they were shipped in 1959 and the 28-2 did not debut until 1961. S/N range is S189071 to S192687. All this is from the SCoS&W by Supica and Nahas.

Supposedly there were some nickel salesmen's samples made up, but I don't remember the details about those.
__________________
They lack our altruism.
Reply With Quote
The Following User Likes This Post:
  #12  
Old 09-12-2020, 08:47 AM
Doc44's Avatar
Doc44 Doc44 is offline
Moderator

What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2 What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2 What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2 What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2 What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2  
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Indiana, USA
Posts: 7,798
Likes: 930
Liked 21,035 Times in 3,040 Posts
Default

Your Model 28-2 has been refinished in nickel outside the S&W factory as the company did not offer a change of finish on this model. The fifty-four Model 28-2s with a brush nickel finish were shipped in July 1972 and have serial numbers in a much higher range. Your Model 28-2 dates to 1971.

Bill
Reply With Quote
The Following 6 Users Like Post:
  #13  
Old 09-12-2020, 09:20 AM
Jack Flash's Avatar
Jack Flash Jack Flash is offline
SWCA Member
What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2 What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2  
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Michigan
Posts: 8,417
Likes: 25,916
Liked 9,073 Times in 3,332 Posts
Default

If it dates to 1971, wouldn't that mean the non-diamond football target stocks could be original?
__________________
They lack our altruism.
Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Like Post:
  #14  
Old 09-12-2020, 09:39 AM
stansdds stansdds is offline
Member
What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2 What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2 What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2 What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2 What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2  
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Virginia
Posts: 3,710
Likes: 3,996
Liked 4,255 Times in 2,099 Posts
Default

I expect that is an aftermarket nickel finish, but it appears to have been very well done, keeping the hammer and trigger in their case hardened finish like S&W did with their factory plating. I would take off the stocks and look at the grip frame, is there an "N" or "RN" stamped on it near the bottom on the left side? "N" indicates factory nickel, "RN" indicates factory refinish in nickel.
__________________
VCDL, GOA, NRA
Reply With Quote
The Following User Likes This Post:
  #15  
Old 09-12-2020, 10:03 AM
Minorcan Minorcan is offline
Member
What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2 What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2 What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2 What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2 What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2  
Join Date: Apr 2018
Location: Georgia
Posts: 190
Likes: 393
Liked 233 Times in 110 Posts
Default

Very nice gun you have there. I have a nickel Model 27 that is a former Florida HiWay Patrol gun. Some LEs valued style too. Not having a “N” stamped on the frame and cyl makes it not likely as a factory nickel job. I wouldn’t be surprised if a LE had his Model 28 nickel plated.
__________________
I invest in Lead and Copper!

Last edited by Minorcan; 09-12-2020 at 10:04 AM.
Reply With Quote
  #16  
Old 09-12-2020, 10:57 AM
Hair Trigger's Avatar
Hair Trigger Hair Trigger is offline
US Veteran
What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2 What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2 What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2 What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2 What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2  
Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: western NC
Posts: 283
Likes: 168
Liked 556 Times in 178 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Jack Flash View Post
If it dates to 1971, wouldn't that mean the non-diamond football target stocks could be original?
M28's came standard with magna stocks.

Quote:
Originally Posted by walldj45 View Post
Regardless I like that the left the ejector star, hammer and trigger in the original.
Ejector stars weren't nickel plated because of close tolerances and being a fitted part, from my understanding. My nickel M29's ejector star is not plated, and it is a factory plate job. No need to plate a part that isn't seen unless the cylinder is open, much like why the inside edges of the gantry and breech face don't get the same level of finish as the outside of the gun.
Reply With Quote
The Following User Likes This Post:
  #17  
Old 09-12-2020, 11:09 AM
STCM(SW)'s Avatar
STCM(SW) STCM(SW) is online now
US Veteran
What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2 What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2 What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2 What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2 What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2  
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: E. Washington State
Posts: 4,644
Likes: 937
Liked 8,453 Times in 2,576 Posts
Default

Looks similar to mine and mine is not one of the rare one's either...
Attached Thumbnails
What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2-m28-2-390-jpg  
__________________
Only difference Fool/Mule-ears
Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Like Post:
  #18  
Old 09-12-2020, 11:14 AM
RGNewell's Avatar
RGNewell RGNewell is online now
Vendor
What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2 What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2 What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2 What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2 What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2  
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: San Antonio, Texas
Posts: 418
Likes: 201
Liked 813 Times in 209 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Hair Trigger View Post
M28's came standard with magna stocks.







Ejector stars weren't nickel plated because of close tolerances and being a fitted part, from my understanding. My nickel M29's ejector star is not plated, and it is a factory plate job. No need to plate a part that isn't seen unless the cylinder is open, much like why the inside edges of the gantry and breech face don't get the same level of finish as the outside of the gun.
The only way to tell about stocks is a letter. I have a 1st year May 54 that came with diamond targets.

Sent from my SM-N960U using Tapatalk
__________________
MAGNUMCARRY.COM
Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Like Post:
  #19  
Old 09-12-2020, 11:33 AM
Art Doc's Avatar
Art Doc Art Doc is offline
SWCA Member
What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2 What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2 What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2 What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2 What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2  
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: The kidney of Dixie.
Posts: 10,229
Likes: 48
Liked 12,300 Times in 3,083 Posts
Default

"The H stamped on the rear cylinder face indicates the part was supposed to have a matte (instead of polished) blue finish."

Learn something new everyday. Wonder why H and not M?
__________________
No life story has happy end.
Reply With Quote
  #20  
Old 09-12-2020, 11:41 AM
OFT II's Avatar
OFT II OFT II is offline
US Veteran
What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2 What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2 What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2 What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2 What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2  
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Odessa, Texas
Posts: 2,948
Likes: 3,251
Liked 3,129 Times in 1,259 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Art Doc View Post
"The H stamped on the rear cylinder face indicates the part was supposed to have a matte (instead of polished) blue finish."

Learn something new everyday. Wonder why H and not M?
Highway Patrolman?
Reply With Quote
  #21  
Old 09-12-2020, 12:04 PM
Jack Flash's Avatar
Jack Flash Jack Flash is offline
SWCA Member
What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2 What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2  
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Michigan
Posts: 8,417
Likes: 25,916
Liked 9,073 Times in 3,332 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Jack Flash View Post
If it dates to 1971, wouldn't that mean the non-diamond football target stocks could be original?
Quote:
Originally Posted by Hair Trigger View Post
M28's came standard with magna stocks.
...
One of the two options for this model was Target Stocks. The other being 4 or 6 inch barrel length.
__________________
They lack our altruism.
Reply With Quote
  #22  
Old 09-12-2020, 12:49 PM
Club Gun Fan's Avatar
Club Gun Fan Club Gun Fan is offline
SWCA Member
What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2 What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2 What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2 What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2 What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2  
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 4,810
Likes: 2,382
Liked 7,536 Times in 2,073 Posts
Default

If you decide to letter your gun, get the number off of the bottom of the butt, not off the crane.
Thanks
__________________
Don Mundell S&WCA LM614
Reply With Quote
  #23  
Old 09-12-2020, 01:00 PM
Hair Trigger's Avatar
Hair Trigger Hair Trigger is offline
US Veteran
What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2 What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2 What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2 What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2 What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2  
Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: western NC
Posts: 283
Likes: 168
Liked 556 Times in 178 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by OFT II View Post
Highway Patrolman?
^this. No stamp was blue M27, 'N' was nickel M27, 'H' was non-polished blue M28.

My gut tells me this is a nicely-done aftermarket nickel job, but I have no proof to back that up. It's a good-looking revolver, nontheless. A little Flitz and some elbow grease will make it look like bright chrome.
Reply With Quote
The Following 3 Users Like Post:
  #24  
Old 09-12-2020, 01:02 PM
ralph7's Avatar
ralph7 ralph7 is offline
Member
What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2 What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2 What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2 What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2 What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2  
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Houston, Texas
Posts: 3,527
Likes: 6,510
Liked 4,559 Times in 1,646 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Hair Trigger View Post
M28's came standard with magna stocks.



Ejector stars weren't nickel plated because of close tolerances and being a fitted part, from my understanding. My nickel M29's ejector star is not plated, and it is a factory plate job. No need to plate a part that isn't seen unless the cylinder is open, much like why the inside edges of the gantry and breech face don't get the same level of finish as the outside of the gun.
Never heard this term applied to a gun, what or where is it?
Reply With Quote
  #25  
Old 09-12-2020, 02:26 PM
flagman1776's Avatar
flagman1776 flagman1776 is offline
Member
What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2 What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2 What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2 What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2 What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2  
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Rhode Island
Posts: 2,004
Likes: 2,517
Liked 1,656 Times in 696 Posts
Default

I'm pretty sure some M28s were made in nickle. Hammer, trigger were color case hardened as yours is. Sights were blue as yours is. Nothing about this says to me that it's not factory nickle. The only way to confirm would be a letter of authenticity.
Nice piece.
__________________
NRA LIFE
Reserve Officer 9yrs
Reply With Quote
  #26  
Old 09-12-2020, 02:59 PM
Golphin's Avatar
Golphin Golphin is online now
Member
What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2 What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2 What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2 What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2 What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2  
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Micanopy Florida
Posts: 473
Likes: 1,703
Liked 583 Times in 249 Posts
Default

Look a lot like mine.I picked mine up a number of years ago from a pawn shop. It had Altamonte stocks on it so I put the ones that are on it now rather than trying to match the originals as the larger stocks saves my finger when I shoot hot 357's than the original ones. My serial number starts with N5982--.
Attached Thumbnails
What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2-s-w28-2-jpg   What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2-sw28-2-jpg  
Reply With Quote
The Following User Likes This Post:
  #27  
Old 09-12-2020, 06:11 PM
Hair Trigger's Avatar
Hair Trigger Hair Trigger is offline
US Veteran
What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2 What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2 What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2 What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2 What do I have here?  Nickel or Chrome 28-2  
Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: western NC
Posts: 283
Likes: 168
Liked 556 Times in 178 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by ralph7 View Post
Never heard this term applied to a gun, what or where is it?
[Gantry]

I meant to say yoke, which is S&W's term for the part. I keep "crane" in my mind, but that's a Colt term, and a gantry is a sort of crane, but not applied to firearms. My brain does cruel things to my mouth sometimes, and my fingers are complicit when they type what my brain is thinking..

Last edited by Hair Trigger; 09-12-2020 at 06:12 PM.
Reply With Quote
The Following 3 Users Like Post:
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
5-screw Nickel Chrome Mr Barker S&W Hand Ejectors: 1896 to 1961 13 03-24-2015 12:47 PM
Chrome vs Nickel bobbyd S&W-Smithing 6 05-10-2013 03:50 PM
Nickel Versus Chrome semperfi71 The Lounge 10 11-08-2011 02:54 PM
Nickel or Chrome Sidney S&W-Smithing 22 05-21-2011 08:11 PM

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3
smith-wessonforum.com tested by Norton Internet Security smith-wessonforum.com tested by McAfee Internet Security

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 07:10 PM.


Search Engine Optimisation provided by DragonByte SEO v2.0.42 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2020 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Smith-WessonForum.com is not affiliated with Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select: SWHC)