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Old 08-17-2021, 06:53 PM
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I am considering buying a S&W Model 28 ser. # s213692 and I can't find any info on it can anybody tell me anything about this revolver?
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Old 08-17-2021, 07:01 PM
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Most likely from 1961. The Model 28 was not highly thought of for years but has skyrocketed in popularity in the last 5 or so years. They are fantastic great shooting guns. Condition is everything so they can range from $600 to $1000.
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Old 08-17-2021, 07:52 PM
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Well, a M28 is a M27 on steroids. It's bullet proof. Not the prettiest N frame in the world, but manly and sexy. S serial number! No N frame collector worth his salt doesn't have a HP.

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"Beauty is in the eye of the beholder." Said someone, some where at some time and they may have been talking about the Mod. 28!

My Mod. 28's are shown in the attached photo.
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Old 08-17-2021, 10:50 PM
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Old 08-18-2021, 12:08 AM
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Price? Condition? Originality? 4” usually sells higher all things being equal. 6” is better for hunting. Came in a somewhat matte blue finish only. Any nickel gun is refinished and best avoided. Avoid guns that have been “improved” by action jobs. Original grips would likely be diamond magnas and would be a plus. Always best to avoid reblued guns that will have blue triggers and hammers rather than case hardened. The 28 is basically the 27 with a plainer finish.
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Old 08-18-2021, 01:00 AM
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I have one. I love it!
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Old 08-18-2021, 06:44 AM
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There is no mechanical or physical size difference between the Model 27 and Model 28. The Model 28 was a less expensive version of the model 27. The Model 28 deleted the checkering on the top strap that is hallmark of the Model 27. Although a few Model 28's were nickel plated, the vast majority have a satin blue finish. Model 28's used to be the least expensive N-frame S&W revolver available, but these days, all N-frames are pricey. An Model 28 these days will fetch $600 to $1000, depending upon barrel length and condition, even more if it happens to come with its original box and papers.
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Old 08-18-2021, 08:58 AM
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I am a recent convert to the Highway Patrolmans. I wish I got smart a few years back before so many people wised up. The day of bargain prices seems to be past.
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There is more information on the Highway Patrolman/M-28 here than you could read in an afternoon. Have at it, educate yourself and buy one.

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I have one, a 6" 28-2. I added the Target Stocks. It came to me wearing Pachmyar grips.
My brother bought it new and let me take it rabbit hunting for years.
He gave it to me in 2014. He said that it should be mine because I was the only one who had ever fired it.
I've put more hot .357 loads through this than all my other hand guns combined.



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You will never go wrong with a 28. One of the best all around guns ever made.
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Model 27's are a sight to behold. Model 28's are a gun to be shot! If it has wear and good modifications, they detract from the collectors value, but my 28 has an action job that is way beyond anything the factory will do, and has Mag-na-porting! Not a collectors gun, but what a shooter.

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About 1996 I bought an Anschutz 200 or 225 pellet rifle for $225. I hung out at an Anschutz dealers shop and ask what it was worth? The answer was "about $225, maybe only $200" I felt a little dejected but thanked him anyway. Then he says, "That doesn't include the $475 in sights!" I had forgotten that those target guns don't include sights.

Fast foreword about 10 years: My Godson had turned 14 and finished the year with a 3.5 GPA, so I told him it was time he learned to shoot 22 the way you're suppose to. I had a 1960's Anschutz 2000 (bottom of the line) smallish target rifle and put the sights from the pellet rifle on it. With Ely Club, that rifle put 10 shots in the same 1/4" hole at 50 yards, all I had to do was adjust the group to the center of the target and it was ready for giving lessons! My #2 son, shot expert in the Marine Corps, so I had him give the Godson the lessons. Safety First, How to get into you sling, How to aim, How to squeeze the trigger, How to follow through. (and I taught him: How to properly clean my rifle!

At 50 yards on a calm morning he shot 125 rounds of Ely Club. He shot 1 "8", 14 "9"s & 110 "10"s, 52 of which were "X"s. That was the most excited I ever saw him! (his older brother was a medic for SF and couldn't shoot near that well) He always has the knowledge and memory from that morning. He was away at college and always asked If we could shoot when he's home? If the weather cooperated, I always obliged!

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Well, a M28 is a M27 on steroids. It's bullet proof. Not the prettiest N frame in the world, but manly and sexy. S serial number! No N frame collector worth his salt doesn't have a HP.

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Not exactly.
A model 28 is a less polished, less refined model 27. No topstrap checkering, matte finish instead of high polished finish.
Mechanically they are the same gun. Same frame, same lockwork, etc. The differences are purely cosmetic.
Not as pretty as a 27 for sure.
But both fit the bulletproof description - manly and sexy are fitting descriptives too IMO.
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M27-2 on top, M28-2 below. 2nd pic is the top strap and sight ramp of the M27-2, note the fine checkering and ribbed ramp. 3rd pic is the top strap and sight ramp of the M28-2, note they are smooth with a matte finish. Most M27 long-barrel guns came with the Patridge front sight, all the M28-s came with the Baughman ramp.
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If it is still available....buy it and enjoy.
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Well, a M28 is a M27 on steroids. It's bullet proof. Not the prettiest N frame in the world, but manly and sexy. S serial number! No N frame collector worth his salt doesn't have a HP.
27 on 'roid's???? More like a 27 for the cheap seats. 28s are great guns and they get you all that N frame goodness without the cost of the bright polished blue and checkered top strap. For decades they were a dime a dozen, that's why they were so popular for caliber conversions when nobody could find 24s, 25s, 29s, 57s, etc..
Both of my 28-2s are caliber conversions, one's a .45ACP and the other is a .41mag.
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Get it. I have a lot of handguns, revolver and semi-automatic, to choose from, but when accuracy counts; I go to my Model 28.
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My 28 no dash shipped in 1960. S201147. They are wonderful guns! Have N Magnas, and N Targets for it. Of course it came with "Rubber Booties" on it. Not sure what are on it now. Bob
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I have a 28-3 6 inch one of the last made box and papers less than 200 rounds through it
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I really like both 27s and 28s. My first LE duty gun was a 4" Model 27-3 (see bottom photo). Top photo is a Model 28-2. These photos let you compare the difference in polish and bluing, red sight insert, plus the top-strap checkering. If you get the 28, please show us photos.


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I have one, a 6" 28-2. I added the Target Stocks. It came to me wearing Pachmyar grips.
My brother bought it new and let me take it rabbit hunting for years.
He gave it to me in 2014. He said that it should be mine because I was the only one who had ever fired it.
I've put more hot .357 loads through this than all my other hand guns combined.



This is how it rests on top of my nightstand.
My check was cashed July 2nd. I'm looking forward to getting my letter.
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Highway Patrolman designed as the "working man's" version of the Model 27. As mentioned, serial number probable to 1961. 1961 mfg probably makes it a 28-2. If it's a 28-1 you just found gold. Diamond magna grips probably standard for that year. Value estimates will vary on condition, location etc.. Look at what they have been sold for on Gun Broker to give you and idea but $600-$1000 is a good range. I paid $450 for my 28 no dash about 6-7 years ago. It was a great deal at the time. Today, it would be a steal. I would have posted a pic of mine but the forum is only allowing me to post on "quick reply".
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