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bac1023
01-11-2013, 14:23
Like the title says, I stopped at one of my local shops today and in the case sat a mint blued Smith & Wesson model 40 from the early 1970's. It had just been traded in towards something made of plastic the day before.

Though its far from traditional, its a beautiful revolver. Its got the box and papers, also in like new condition. If it was ever fired, I certainly can't tell. The grips and the steel have no signs of wear at all and the bluing is very nice.

I can get it for just under $600 out the door, which seems like a decent deal. I've seen used models go for that on GB. When they're actually on there. Most of them are the new production "Classic" series models selling for $800-$900.

I think people have got to be out of their friggen mind to buy a reproduction when you can get the original for less. Sorry, I digress.

Anyway, what do you S&W fans think? Should I go for it? Its a beautiful piece and certainly not one you see every day. :cool:

One good thing about so many people panic buying a bunch of plastic is that it leaves a lot of the nice stuff for those who appreciate it. :supergrin:

GNut76
01-11-2013, 14:29
If you've got the funds buy it.:wavey: I'm glad I already have black plastic....cause I wouldn't want to buy at panic prices. Too bad ammo is so bleaping high.

pennlineman
01-11-2013, 14:35
I would....

SigFTW
01-11-2013, 14:38
In the condition you described and at the price, I say go for it!

faawrenchbndr
01-11-2013, 14:39
I would be all over that if I found one local.

bac1023
01-11-2013, 14:41
If you've got the funds buy it.:wavey: I'm glad I already have black plastic....cause I wouldn't want to buy at panic prices. Too bad ammo is so bleaping high.

I have enough black plastic myself, but even if I didn't, I wouldn't be worried about it.

countrygun
01-11-2013, 14:41
You have moral imperative. Do it

bac1023
01-11-2013, 14:41
I would....I wouldn't expect anything less from you, my friend. ;)

bac1023
01-11-2013, 14:46
I would be all over that if I found one local.

Thanks Greg. I don't ever remember seeing one around here in this condition before. :cool:

427
01-11-2013, 15:04
I have a late production M40 and I'd say buy it.

http://i627.photobucket.com/albums/tt354/MattP427/000_1949.jpg

pennlineman
01-11-2013, 15:13
I wouldn't expect anything less from you, my friend. ;)

:supergrin:

Where's it at? :whistling:

nursetim
01-11-2013, 15:19
I pay you $20 more than you pay for it, plus shipping of course. :thumbsup:

northwood38
01-11-2013, 15:49
:cool: I'll buy it and you can borrow it once in a while

elde
01-11-2013, 16:01
I'm unsure why you would even ask "should I", bac. At $600 in that condition with the box it's a must buy.


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Bruce M
01-11-2013, 16:14
Not unlike a cardboard Bren Ten box, a S&W box matching a gun seems to have some desirable value, so to me it sounds like a pretty good deal also.

SigFTW
01-11-2013, 16:33
It's a sweet revolvers, only see maybe a couple and that was years ago. My great aunt would carry one in her purse for protection, she worked in a bank.:wow:

Faulkner
01-11-2013, 19:03
I regularly carry a model 42 and I really like it. Original model 40's are very nice indeed.

http://pic50.picturetrail.com/VOL488/1124764/2120947/403554799.jpg

RyanSBHF
01-11-2013, 19:16
Go for it before someone else does.

bac1023
01-11-2013, 19:37
:supergrin:

Where's it at? :whistling:

I called the shop and asked them to hold it for me. :)

bac1023
01-11-2013, 19:38
:cool: I'll buy it and you can borrow it once in a while

This must be a cool thread if you have been a GT member for a year and just now posted. :wavey:

bac1023
01-11-2013, 19:40
Go for it before someone else does.I called the shop earlier this evening and asked them to hold it for me. I'll pick it up later this month or early February. :cool:

bac1023
01-11-2013, 19:40
You have moral imperative. Do it

Its a done deal :thumbsup:

porschedog
01-11-2013, 19:42
Yes yes yes! Grab it!

bac1023
01-11-2013, 19:45
I regularly carry a model 42 and I really like it. Original model 40's are very nice indeed.

http://pic50.picturetrail.com/VOL488/1124764/2120947/403554799.jpg

Very nice

ctfireman
01-11-2013, 19:48
I'd buy it. I've never seen one in person.

RJ's Guns
01-11-2013, 19:50
Brian
I have the Airweight model 42, that I bought in the late 70ís. I do not know when it was built. I carried it a lot and it shows a fair amount of wear. I do not know if you are aware of this (and I do not know how long S&W provided this) but the owner had the option to disengage the grip safety by inserting a small pin that was supplied and shipped with each revolver. The Pin could be found in its designated area in the frame between the stock panels.
RJ

jfost11
01-11-2013, 19:50
I'm looking forward to the famous carpet pics in the coming days!

bac1023
01-11-2013, 19:52
Brian
I have the Airweight model 42, that I bought in the late 70ís. I do not know when it was built. I carried it a lot and it shows a fair amount of wear. I do not know if you are aware of this (and I do not know how long S&W provided this) but the owner had the option to disengage the grip safety by inserting a small pin that was supplied and shipped with each revolver. The Pin could be found in its designated area in the frame between the stock panels.
RJ

That's interesting, RJ.

I did not know that. Thanks :wavey:

bac1023
01-11-2013, 19:54
I've never seen one in person.

Well, you'll see one on my carpet before too long.

That's the next best thing, right? ;)

gunsmoke92
01-11-2013, 22:42
That's awesome. :wow: I've only seen an original once. Looking at the prices being quoted, I probably should grab the retro model setting in my LGS, as it's priced well below that $800 threshold, and I really like the look of the "Lemon squeezer".

bac, that is a great find, good job. :supergrin:

fastbolt
01-12-2013, 13:36
I was going to mention the grip pin available with the original models, but someone beat me to it. ;)

Glad you decided to get it. I'd also have suggested picking it up, if it was really in LNIB condition with original box & papers. Why not?

Of course, I'd also shoot it and carry it upon occasion, too.

One of the guys picked up an original Lemon Squeezer in great condition several years ago and put it in his off-duty line up. I'm not sure he really grasps how lucky he is, though.

fnfalman
01-12-2013, 15:02
Do it!!!

Fox
01-12-2013, 15:10
You know you want it. Just do it, do it now.

bac1023
01-12-2013, 17:35
I'm looking forward to the famous carpet pics in the coming days!

It will be done. :supergrin:

bac1023
01-12-2013, 17:36
Do it!!!

You know you want it. Just do it, do it now.

Thanks guys.

Its a done deal.

...pics when I have it. :)

BuckyP
01-12-2013, 18:17
Nice. Looking forward to seeing pics.

BTW, now you need a shoe phone to go along with it. :supergrin:

CJStudent
01-12-2013, 18:44
Thanks guys.

Its a done deal.

...pics when I have it. :)

:woohoo:

Beat me to it!

bac1023
01-12-2013, 19:14
That's awesome. :wow: I've only seen an original once. Looking at the prices being quoted, I probably should grab the retro model setting in my LGS, as it's priced well below that $800 threshold, and I really like the look of the "Lemon squeezer".

bac, that is a great find, good job. :supergrin:

Thanks

Yeah, you don't see the originals that often.

ChuteTheMall
01-12-2013, 19:50
Pics or it didn't happen.

:tongueout:

bac1023
01-12-2013, 20:30
Pics or it didn't happen.

:tongueout:

I'll pic it up soon. Most likely this month. :)

TexasVine
01-18-2013, 21:16
I as well am looking forward to seeing a picture once you pick it up. All of a sudden I have started getting interested in the smaller S&W revolvers. Don't know why but just caught the bug.

bac1023
01-18-2013, 21:18
I as well am looking forward to seeing a picture once you pick it up. All of a sudden I have started getting interested in the smaller S&W revolvers. Don't know why but just caught the bug.

I already have a thread started with pics...

Palouse
01-18-2013, 21:45
Haven't been on GT in over a year. I've missed your carpet and the things you leave laying around on the floor.

Sweet Lemon Squeezer. My uncle used one to shoot at an intruder back in '42 when he was 12. I've always wanted one.

Ha! Wrong post. If you read this, it was meant for the post with the pics.

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ChuteTheMall
01-18-2013, 21:47
"When lemon squeezers are outlawed, only outlaws will have lemon squeezers."--Trini Lopez

bac1023
01-19-2013, 06:49
Haven't been on GT in over a year. I've missed your carpet and the things you leave laying around on the floor.

Sweet Lemon Squeezer. My uncle used one to shoot at an intruder back in '42 when he was 12. I've always wanted one.

Ha! Wrong post. If you read this, it was meant for the post with the pics.

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Thanks for the kind words.

Good to see you back to GT.