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Old 01-29-2013, 11:58   #1
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S&W Model 28 - Spill the beans...

If you have some firsthand, what can you tell me about these revolvers?

If I was looking to get one is there a time period, - model or other things to be aware of?

What would an okay price be for one in good condition?

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Old 01-29-2013, 12:07   #2
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I have an M28-2 with the 5" barrel. Essentially it's a non-pretty version of the M27 which is the descendant of the original .357 Magnum.

I paid $400 for it about six years ago.
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Old 01-29-2013, 12:33   #3
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I have an M28-2 with the 5" barrel. Essentially it's a non-pretty version of the M27 which is the descendant of the original .357 Magnum.

I paid $400 for it about six years ago.
I used to have the 'fancier" 27 in 5" now I've got a 4" and a 6" 28. I've never seen a 28 in the 5" length.

Here's the 4" on the left, (bad pic a while ago with new camera) it was actually used as a "highway patrolman" by a motorcycle officer.

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an the 6" I rescued from pawn shop almost 30 years ago when I realized I'd made a mistake trading off the 5" 27,

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Great revolvers, they have their own unique characteristics
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I used to have the 'fancier" 27 in 5" now I've got a 4" and a 6" 28. I've never seen a 28 in the 5" length.
Now you do. At least on picture, anyway.

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Now you do. At least on picture, anyway.

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You sure that ain't a 6"? the underlug appears to be almost exactly 1/2 the length of the barrel (from the frame) and that is a pretty good sign of a 6" barrel.
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You sure that ain't a 6"? the underlug appears to be almost exactly 1/2 the length of the barrel (from the frame) and that is a pretty good sign of a 6" barrel.
I think you might be right.

I got confused between it and the 686 5-incher. I know I got a 5-incher in the stash somewhere.
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I've had a M28 in pristine conditions for about 5 years now. It was actually given to me by an elderly neighbor lady. My wife and I had been very helpful to this lady through the years... and she want do something for us in return. Sometimes I guess it pays to be nice.

I have a number of handguns which are part of my Home Defense strategy...... but oddly the M28 is not in that group.

Is there any difference between the M27 and M28 as far as reliability and accuracy goes? (I know the M27 is much fancier, etc than the M28).............
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Old 01-30-2013, 07:57   #8
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Old 01-30-2013, 08:11   #9
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The Model 28 was my first handgun, sold to me by a Baptist minister FFL holder in Kentucky.

It is a big, ugly, brute of a revolver that will always, ALWAYS go bang.

Shoot the thing at night with full power .357 loads and watch this amazing flame come out of the muzzle.

I had rubber Hogue grips on mine foe amwhile...beat the hell out of my hand. Went back to the stock grips.

Frankly not my favorite piece to shoot but would take nothing for it.
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Old 01-29-2013, 12:40   #10
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As already stated, the M28 is the "economy" version of SMith & Wesson's old flagship revolver, the M27.

I have a 27, so I doubt I would get a 28, but its a great revolver nonetheless.
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oddly enough, found a 4" M28-2 in pristine condition today, think I am going to buy it and ditch my 6" M28.
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IF anybody runs into a P&R 'ed 5" 27 with a yellow insert front sight with a narrow trigger and hammer, get in touch with me. I don't have the serial number but there are a couple of "individual" things I can identify it by. I miss her. young and dumb hurts.
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Old 01-29-2013, 15:39   #13
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IF anybody runs into a P&R 'ed 5" 27 with a yellow insert front sight with a narrow trigger and hammer, get in touch with me. I don't have the serial number but there are a couple of "individual" things I can identify it by. I miss her. young and dumb hurts.
Will do, I'll keep an eye out for you. Most of the plastic has disappeared, but the revolvers seem to showing up more and more. Sorry for your loss.
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Old 01-29-2013, 15:54   #14
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I loved my 4" MOD 28-2, it was the best balanced revolver I ever owned.
They are pleasant to shoot with full power .357mag too.
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The M27 has a gorgeous polished blued finish and checkered top strap as opposed to a simple black blued finish and plain top strap on the M28. I don't know what other cosmetic differences are.
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The mod 28 looks more ninja.
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Old 01-29-2013, 19:31   #18
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According to Supica's wonderful book the gun started in 1957 as The Highway Patrolman in 1954, changed to the Model 28 in 1957, changed the extractor to left hand thread as Model 28-1 in 1960, cylinder stop changed and trigger guard screw eliminated as Model 28-2, and no more pinned and recessed as Model 28-3 in 1982.

For a shooter I would probably migrate to a 28-2 (which I would guess were the most produced.) For a collector I would think the 28-1 or the pre Model 28 would be the most desirable.
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Thanks everyone for the great info. I definitely want one for a shooter. The quest begins. I'm thinking a 4 inch 28-2 is the model I'll be after. Should be a lot of fun once I find it.
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I only have model 27s, so I am not certain, but I do not believe that target triggers or target hammers were factory options on a Model 28.

I know that the 27’s finish is a lot better. I have always thought(imagined?) that the 27 has a smoother action, but I may be delusional. In my opinion, the serrated rib on the 27 looks a lot nicer than the plain matt ribon the 28.

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