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Old 10-13-2020, 01:58 PM
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Good afternoon, ladies and gents. Just acquired a holy grail pistol on my list, a 651-1 snub nose in its original box. I've done a good bit of research on the 651-1 snub, but was curious to see if anyone knows actual production numbers and how many variants/runs there were of this gun and if there were any actual differences in the guns. I know that most if not all of the -1 Lew Horton guns had serial prefix LHS- and have the clean looking stamped serial numbers, then there were the -1 guns with the serial number that looks like it's a bunch of dots that make up the numbers. I understand there are also 651 no dash snubbies.

What I have is a -1 with the dot style serial CBD49XX, product code 103900, spec ord code 6173. From my understanding this is the same product code that was assigned to the Lew Horton guns as well. The box says 651 although the gun is stamped 651-1.

My initial guess was this may be a later 90s RSR gun, but another guy that I talked to said there was a run of these from 1983-1988 that would've likely been when my gun was made. I would've guessed at least early 90s based on the serial prefix, more likely mid to late 90s, and now that I think of it, the gun's box is the later blue plastic so there's no way this is an 80s gun, right? Perhaps someone with more knowledge could weigh in.

I also just submitted my application and payment for a SWCA membership, so I will likely cross post this in the applicable forum there too.

Looking forward to any replies. Thanks in advance.
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Here are couple of pics for you to study! Maybe they will answer a couple of your questions?/





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Those are absolutely beautiful! Thank you for the post! I want to reiterate that this thread is directed towards 651 collectors, but I can't even be mad. Those guns are gorgeous.

I only wish there was a [blued] Model 51 snubby
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Very nice. My 651 is a four inch. WO RR TH TT. Very accurate for a J frame.


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Updated info. Laid eyes on the gun today, just waiting to go pick it up. The gun is actually stamped 651-1 although the box says 651 with no dash.
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I agree these 650 and 651 are very accurate for their size.

I almost got one of the snubs but they cut us off so I wasn't able to get the 650 snub nose, 686 and all the holsters I tried to order.

I was able to get the 3 inch 650 and the 651 4 inch.

Would like to see how accurate the snub nose is. Post a target when you shoot it.

Here are two of mine at 16 ft.
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Here's a picture of mine. I never thought after many years of collecting that this 651 would mean so much to me, but as it turns out, this might be my favorite revolver! Hard to make that claim with a 3" 29 and a 3" 13 in the stable with it...

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