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Old 12-18-2017, 11:07 AM
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New to me pre-28 Highway Patrolman...

First pistol... And now I need more...

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S/N: S18890x Four Screw

According to its letter: "Shipped from the factory on March 30, 1959 and delivered to Union Hardware & Metal Co., Los Angeles, CA. Shipped with 6 inch barrel, brush blue finish, and checkered walnut grips. Records indicate that this order was for 10 units in this configuration. Target grips were added after being originally shipped from the factory."

Any thoughts on this 10-revolver order, the hardware store, or what agency in CA might have used this revolver would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 12-19-2017, 10:47 PM
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S/N: S18890x Four Screw

According to its letter: "Shipped from the factory on March 30, 1959 and delivered to Union Hardware & Metal Co., Los Angeles, CA. Shipped with 6 inch barrel, brush blue finish, and checkered walnut grips. Records indicate that this order was for 10 units in this configuration. Target grips were added after being originally shipped from the factory."

Any thoughts on this 10-revolver order, the hardware store, or what agency in CA might have used this revolver would be greatly appreciated.

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I maybe way off base but being an old Bullseye shooter and the mention of target grips added my mind goes right to 50's era shooting matches. I wonder of the LA Police Dept had a target shooting team. Somewhere on youtube, a few years ago I watched an old 50's era film which showed folks shooting Bulleye type matches at a range. If memory serves me (and it doesn't as well these days), I believe there were both police and civilians at the range and I only recall seeing them shooting revolvers. It also showed them collecting and processing the fired .38SPL brass, casting bullets and reloading ammo for future matches, I wouldn't have a clue what terms to search for now, I stumbled across it while looking at gun videos. It may possibly have been an old NRA or police dept video, possibly...

You might try searching LA county clerk records if they are available online, many counties now have records available online where you can look up deeds. You might be able to find out who owned that hardware store, from there see if you can find family members who might have some info and maybe even remember that order. Or contact the police dept's in the area and see if they had teams within the dept, might get lucky and get someone who likes to chat target matches or ask if they have anyone who acts as a dept historian. If they went to a law enforcement dept, even for target shooting I would think they would have been marked "Property of XYZ Dept." but then again maybe not if they were never issued for carry or if each officer paid for them just for target shooting.

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Old 12-20-2017, 09:12 AM
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Well this was bugging me, I found a colorized version of that old video in the middle of the night. It was farther back then I remembered, 1938. Note, don't try some of these shooting skills at home, You'll shoot your eye out kid!
(Copy and paste link if you want to download it --> youtube.com/watch?v=jDP8BRSEjrA )

ETA: You'll see my memory is not as reliable as it use to be, no civilian shooters and it appears there were some 1911's (?) being fired toward the end, the video is not quite as I remembered. (Has anyone seen my keys?)


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What a great old movie! Thanks..I could just watch stuff like this till the sun comes up.
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Old 12-23-2017, 04:40 PM
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Thanks for posting this. I don't care how good of marksman my co-workers are, I'd never trust them enough for some of those shots.
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Old 12-23-2017, 05:23 PM
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Thanks for posting this. I don't care how good of marksman my co-workers are, I'd never trust them enough for some of those shots.
Yeah, Amen to that! Did you notice where the officer had the chalk sticks in his ears? Did you see how close the shot to the left was! Yikes! "Oops, sorry about that" just wouldn't cut it!

OK, back on topic, I'm going to get in trouble for derailing the thread. To the admins, if you want to delete these posts please PM me first, I'd like to start a new thread first where folks can continue chatting this topic and just post a link here to redirect folks, or you can start the thread and move the posts. Or just delete them all together, it's your forum! Sorry about going off topic folks....
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6" joined the group on Christmas. It's a '79/'80 to go with my '72 and '75 4 inchers.





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28-2 S2222xx recently purchased.
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She looks nice! I gotta ask, what is that object in the upper left of your pic, just above the other muzzle?
Thanks!

That's my illuminating loupe to help check numbers without removing the stocks.
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While I love the magna's on the four inch, they just weren't working out on the six inch HP. I was shooting better with the shorter barrel, just better balanced for me. My $86 targets from ebay were delivered today and I'm confident they're going to help my shooting with the longer barrel.



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Hello to everyone on the thread here; I stumbled onto a Nickel version of the Highway Patrolman yesterday. This one is a 28-2 # N1894xx, in 6 inch , Target stocks, counterbored cyl, Pinned barrel. no insert in the ramp front sight.

I think the rather unique point on this particular piece is the Model 28-2 stamping on the frame was struck twice!

I will try and get some decent pictures of it to share with everyone here on the forum.
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Welcome to the forum, Greywulf4570, I'm sure you will enjoy that classic Highway Patrolman!!

You ought to post an introduction over on the "new members" sub forum. I'm sure that everyone would like to get to know you....

Edit... I just saw that you joined some time ago, but apparently just posted for the first time...

Again, welcome from West Virginia!!!

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28 No Dash number S19078X. Obviously not an issued service weapon since it has no holster wear or blueing degradation at all. Only a turn line and bottom of the stocks dings. One of the best deals on a revolver I've ever done.
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I have yet to take a real glamor shot but I'm really loving this 28-2. Just shot her for the first time last night. As expected, the trigger was butter smooth and single action was downright scary.



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New stocks for one of my 4's. It's 1975 that did not have it's original magna's. And in spite of all of the "magna on magnum's" love, even my not so huge hands love target grips for their intended purposes. And these Goncalo Alves were a $81 ebay score. Only needed a little TLC.

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Round butted and beveled cylinder face...wasn't done by me. The mods, S&W combats, and the price attracted me to this gun. It's an S-Prefix, and has the action quality you would expect. It dates 1967-68.










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My new 1954 Highway Patrolman


The 1954 with my 28-3


I suppose I need a 4" now.

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Hello to everyone on the thread here; I stumbled onto a Nickel version of the Highway Patrolman yesterday. This one is a 28-2 # N1894xx, in 6 inch , Target stocks, counterbored cyl, Pinned barrel. no insert in the ramp front sight.

I think the rather unique point on this particular piece is the Model 28-2 stamping on the frame was struck twice!

I will try and get some decent pictures of it to share with everyone here on the forum.
Would love to see pics of the Model 28-2 double striking, never heard or seen that before. Is one stamping much lighter then the other? Wonder if it was a bounce of the hammer when struck? But I would think if struck by hand they would use a dead blow hammer to stop any bounce. Just curious.
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The evolution of my 4Ē 28-2


Was a drunken (at least buzzed) gunbroker purchase. I figured itíd be a damn shame to let a good gun suffer. I bought it with plans to have it cleaned up.



I had it a few months and decided I wanted to have it reblued. Sent it to a place a couple of hours from the house. The smith said all he could basically do is blast the spray paint off and reblue. I didnít care too much, and the turnaround time he quoted was pretty quick, so I sent it off. Also picked up new shoes for it as I hate the hogue mono.


Still ugly, but much less ugly. About a year or so after getting it back, the rear sight wasnít adjusting, so I took it to a local Smith to get that fixed. He said he could do it no problem, then asked if I wanted to send it out to have it polished and blued. He said it would look like a new gun. I had a little extra cash, so I said sure, and he sent it off for me. Came back about 6 weeks later. They did a hell of a job, but they still couldnít get all the pitting on the cylinder, and basically all of the logos were buffed out.

All in all, itís one of my favorite wheelies, and itís already best so no fears of turn lines or wear.




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Here is a few photos of my recently rescued Highway Patrolman, The Model number has been struck twice, I think it was made around the 1971 timeframe maybe, it was pretty filthy when I first acquired it. I managed to get the baked on deposits out of the chambers with a mix of Kerosene and Marvel Mystery oil.
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a few more pictures of my Highway Patrolman.
I confess , I did not know much about these pieces until I discovered this one.
It really stuck out huge among a row of some 30 polymer semi autos on the shelf of used hardware.
The last picture in this bunch is what it looked like the day I brought it to the house.
It cleaned up ok, and after careful inspection, It is now ready to take to the range.
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I have a n.m.m. S 1762** which would be from late 1957 I'm guessing?
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gunnison it's a 4". I'm trying to post a couple of pics but I'm having some trouble doing it from my phone. Thanks for asking!
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Picked up a nice looking Highway Patrolman. Serial number dates to 1967: S2855xx
Seller figures unfired or very little use.
Haven’t got my hands on it yet but here are a couple of pictures from the seller. I’ll do a nice photo shoot when I get it this week.

IMG_005 by Paul Dubois, on Flickr

IMG_003 by Paul Dubois, on Flickr

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I didn't know if I'd ever be able to join this elite club. Here's my new to my safe 4" 28-2. SN N28355x. It's everything you folks have said it'd be!



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Congrats. What is that propping up the gun? Looks like a S&W cigar tube.
I need one of those.
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That's a "prop rod", some of the guys on the forum sell them, I believe.

Normally 75Vette needs something a little longer to prop up his Smiths:



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In 1977, I started my LE career with a 4" M28-2. As young, low paid cops are apt to do, I traded it away for a Model 19 as soon as I found one a couple of years after I started (they didn't exactly grow on trees in those days). I wish I had that 28-2 back. I'll run across another some day, I'm sure. Until then I'll just continue to look at all of the pictures here and drool on myself.
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That's a "prop rod", some of the guys on the forum sell them, I believe.

Normally 75Vette needs something a little longer to prop up his Smiths:



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Congrats. What is that propping up the gun? Looks like a S&W cigar tube.
I need one of those.
Les is correct. I bought it from a forum member in the classified section.
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Thought you all would find this interesting. I bought this off a friend a while back. When I inspected it I found "STO" inscribed on the frame just about the serial #. STO stands for State Traffic Officer, the official title of a California Highway Patrolman. May be the official title of other state highway patrol officers...I don't know. This pistol has the well worn look of a carried revolver.
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A highway patrolman's Highway Patrolman! How cool is that!
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I was short on ammo, but I've picked up some since, but I got to test my HP for the first time last weekend. I only had six .38s and four .357 rounds in my case since I was actually just taking it to show my dad and not actually planning to shoot. I was thrilled that it performed just like everyone on here said they do. Straight as and arrow with a trigger like butter!
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I'm curious, are the n.m.m. models worth any more or less than any of the other versions of the HP/28?

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Could anyone clue me in as to what the 75967 stamped on the frame and the yoke means if anything? The gun was made in 67 so I'm thinking date of manufacture...Sept 67? Thanks
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Could anyone clue me in as to what the 75967 stamped on the frame and the yoke means if anything? The gun was made in 67 so I'm thinking date of manufacture...Sept 67? Thanks
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Thought I would make another contribution. Here is a 5 screw 6 inch Highway Patrolman with non-relieved diamond target stocks.

All the numbers match including the stocks!

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I picked up my 2nd grail gun today--a S&W model 28-2 HP 6" with the original grips. SN N544XXX makes the born on date 1978 or 79.

I haven't shot it yet, but I'm sure it will not disappoint.

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Pictured with original grips and Pachmayer rubber grips.
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Here's my 1978 28-2.
Its an excellent choice for rabbit hunting.
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My one and only HP contribution is this 6" beauty, from "about" 1958, my birth year. Serial # 1890XX, it's close enough that I feel very fortunate to have found it. It's a 6" shooter grade, just as I wanted. However it didn't have the target hammer I wanted, so I bought one from a fellow member and fortunately it was a "drop in" fit. That's 2 blessings.

Then I was fortunate again when I was selected the winner of a Karma drawing here for two 27/28 N frame speedloaders. Awesome! A fourth favor from the Good Lord was when I was chosen in yet another Karma drawing for a Tyler T-grip. The numbers matching magnas didn't really fit my hand so well until now. This Highway Patrolman is my own personal reminder that God still loves me.
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My 28-2 6" Highway Patrolman 1967:
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Should this revolver have the diamond stocks or was 67 right where the changeover occurred?

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28-2 4" N127xx
28-2 6" N5292xx
28-3 4" AJK37xx NON P&R smooth trigger
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I recently acquired a pre 28 from a forum member who is also a friend, having acquired many S&W revolvers over the past 3 years from him. My new pre-28 is 6" with all numbers matching including the stocks. The color is almost black and would be rated 99%. It was shipped 6/11/54 to Stoeger Arms Co., NYC. SN S110462. It is my first 28 but not my last. Sorry no pictures.

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Someone burgled my car and stole a highway patrolman in 1970, Jacksonville, Florida. I have no idea what the details of it were, other than it had a short barrel. I used it when I stood watch at Cecil field Naval Air Station. Someone got a good revolver.
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Picked up this S prefix 28-2 today. Has some nice Herret's on it. Cant find a single scratch, but it has plenty of holster wear on the muzzle and cylinder. Bore is basically perfect. Must have been carried a lot and shot very little. Probably a service gun. I'll take some better pics when I take it to the range in a couple days. Thanks for looking.

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I brought this one home today. I know the grips are not original and not sure about the finish. Serial #N598XXX
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Been a while since I posted mine. The evolution from how it began, to what it is now.

When I first bought it:


After the first refinish (blast and blue):


After second refinish and current configuration:





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