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Old 08-28-2011, 09:46 PM
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Don't know if this is the proper forum for this question---But-What do you all consider the most desired and collectible of the more modern S&W revolvers? I'm really looking at the pre-lock era.
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The original 627pc bloodwork would be towards the top of the list
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Fixed sight 629 with 3-inch (or maybe 4-inch?) barrel. Very few of these.

I would also look at the rarely seen 631 in .32 H&R Magnum. Barely 5000 made in total, and four different varieties within that range. Probably the rarest is the round butt adjustable sight Kit Gun with a four inch barrel. According to SCSW, about 40 were made in 1998. If you ever seen one of those, just buy it without question.
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For me it would be stainless P&R models, but I'm not really a "collector."
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Fixed sight 629 with 3-inch (or maybe 4-inch?) barrel.
I had to pay quite a bit for mine
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i don't do collectibles but fyi they are slowly removing the locks from there guns . starting already with there 642.
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i don't do collectibles but fyi they are slowly removing the locks from there guns . starting already with there 642.
And I was all over that 642 as well
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Fixed sight 629 with 3-inch (or maybe 4-inch?) barrel. Very few of these.

I would also look at the rarely seen 631 in .32 H&R Magnum. Barely 5000 made in total, and four different varieties within that range. Probably the rarest is the round butt adjustable sight Kit Gun with a four inch barrel. According to SCSW, about 40 were made in 1998. If you ever seen one of those, just buy it without question.
Here is a picture of the 631 mentioned.
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the 631 or the 331 in 32 h&r magnum 2 inch is the bees knees. This 4 inch 631 I bought was from a forum member who had one post and just ONE S&W revolver.
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Peyton, thanks for the pics. I had never seen a 631 4" .32 Kit Gun or even an image. Now at least (and at last!) I know what I'm looking for.
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For me any S&W revolver I don't have is one I want -- and in some cases more than one of each
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I like building compete sets:

63


651 with aux 22 LR cylinder


631


617 no lug, 4"


617 no lug, 6"


pre-lock Mountain Guns
686+ -5 MG


657-4 MG


629-4 MG


625-6 MG, 45ACP


625-6 MG, 45 Colt
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I don't know about the most desired and collectible but I suspect the PC 66-4 Super K would be up there. I know it's the one newer model I most want.

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3" Model 29 or 629-1 and my model 625-4 SAC are 3 models that come to my mind...Just my opinion. Their prices are going thru the roof.
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I don't know about the most desired and collectible but I suspect the PC 66-4 Super K would be up there. I know it's the one newer model I most want.

Works for me! Of course that's because I have one...and an original dual cylinder Bloodwork...All mine are limited run PC guns, fun to shoot AND collect...
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Perhaps a 696?



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[QUOTE=Nygma;136101667]I like building compete sets:


617 no lug, 4"


617 no lug, 6"


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These are ultra rare....at least to me.....i would let out a war cry if i found one!
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Great pictures and collection. I did not realize the 686 was available in a half lugged version!!
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Not P&R guns, but no IL's either.....


29-4, 3" 1 of 2532 in 1989




29-4, 5" 1 of 500 in 1989




29-4, 8 3/8" 1 of 2500 in 1989

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I'm surprised no one has mentioned the Ashland Shooters Supply half lug 617's.
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the 629 44 mag avengers Only five of them made.I own number one.The dealer i got mine off has 2/3 .
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the 629 44 mag avengers Only five of them made.I own number one.The dealer i got mine off has 2/3 .
So where is the picture? You have a 1 of 5 and you don't want to show it to us. Come on be a sport, show us some pictures. Chances are it will be the only one we will ever see.
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While not pinned nor recessed I would have to say the 4" 24-3, .44 special is certainly in the 'collector' definition, 2,625 made in 1983. Also the 4" 16-4, .32 H&R Magnum, only 8,800 of the total run of 4, 6 and 8 3/8" models made from about 1988 to 1992, I believe the 4" was only made in '90-'91 but could be off a year.
As with considering any 'collectable' try for as near NIB condition as possible, they will always hold value longer than lesser grades, all else being equal. The trick is to get them NIB and then have the patience it takes to keep them in that condition, that is the hard part.
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How about the Model 45.





Or maybe an Aircrewman





Or a factory nickel Model 48.

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I guess it depends on your definition of Modern. However if I had to pick one. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Back in 1973 I saw a revolver on display in Lew Horton's shop. I fell in love with it but was too young at the time to buy it. I briefly chatted with one of the salesmen and was told that S&W produced 10,000 of this particular Commemorative revolver. So I was not too worried about finding one as soon as I was old enough.

The problem is I was looking at a Deluxe Texas Ranger. Over the years I learned the following

10,000 of the Texas Ranger Commemoratives were produced in three different configurations.

2,000 of those were shipped with just a fitted presentation case and no knife.

The remaining 8,000 had knives with serial numbers matching the revolvers. These came with presentations cases that held the revolver and knife.

Of those 8,000 sets, 50 revolvers were master engraved and sold as Deluxe Texas Ranger Commemoratives. Here is mine


Here is the original tear sheet




It took me 15 years to find the revolver pictured above. I consider myself quite lucky that I found it so fast considering only 50 were produced.
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I had to pay quite a bit for mine
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i don't do collectibles but fyi they are slowly removing the locks from there guns . starting already with there 642.
Yes that is part of the evil plot to sneak the MIM parts in on us...
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