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Old 11-21-2020, 06:30 PM
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Between the .357 CTG and HIGHWAY PATROLMAN ?
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A common question. A "dingbat". No fooling.
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Dingbat... I wonder why they decided that the M28 needed something different?
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I heard the 28 got this additional mark so in the future refinished guns would not be mistaken as 27’s. I have my suspicions of that account as there are many differences between the two other than finish, but that is what I heard.
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Dingbats were commonly used by S&W on barrels back in the day. They were decorative at each end of the words. In this case, it serves as a separator between .357 CTG on the left and Highway Patrolman on the right.
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Nice looking revolver!
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I heard the 28 got this additional mark so in the future refinished guns would not be mistaken as 27’s. I have my suspicions of that account as there are many differences between the two other than finish, but that is what I heard.
So do I, because the name "Highway Patrolman" roll stamped there would be evidence enough it is not a M27, should it be refinished.

A "dingbat", huh? I have wondered about that design ever since I bought my M28-2. Well, I suppose one dingbat deserves another.
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Maybe it is just to keep new and inexperienced gun owners from saying, "I have this gun marked .357 Highway CTG. Patrolman. What does that mean?"
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Nice looking revolver!
Thanks. I got it from member here a few years back. In fact that is his picture. I never got around to taking my own. The revolver wears a nice set of football relief Targets nowadays. The right stock has the typical wear you see on guns carried on the right and used. I would like to get the stocks restored someday. I love the guns wear and she shoots nice too .
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I would say it is a type of dingbat, but calling it that is only half the explanation. A dingbat (when not used to describe the late Mrs Bunker) is a typographical design or flourish. Calling this a dingbat is like calling a specific family crest just a crest.

If all we have at this point is dingbat I'd say there's still an opportunity for an S&W specific name.
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Although it does not seem to be a motivating factor here, the origin story of dingbats is that they helped line up roll stamps so that the writing that followed was distortion free and straight.

Decorative was incidental.

However, other gun manufacturers never seemed to see the need for that, so it‘s hard to say how much of a factor that really was at the beginning.


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In modern parlance, it’s a “wingding . . . “
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Even Roy Jinks doesn't know the reason or name of that marking. I don't believe it qualifies as a dingbat because of its location. It may be a mystery we never know the meaning of.
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Well, whatever it is, whatever it is called, it is one of the things that make the 28 special. Along with the non serrated rear sight and barrel rib and the fact that it’s name is roll marked right on the barrel make the 28 unique amongst S&Ws. They are supposed to be plain and ubiquitous but they are more special than most realize.
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