I was trolling a local shop when I thought I had snagged a short barreled OP. It turned out to be chopped. I bought it anyway. I put the Tyler on it, it just seemed like the right thing to do. It has the "bin there" look to it.
I love it,gunfish-good "catch"! As a lover of O.P.s,my only complaint about the 2" factory O.P.s(and Marshalls)is the "asthetics. I know "looks" and symmetry mean nothing as far as function,but the factory 2" bbl. just looks too short! Took me years to find a nice 2" O.P. to "complete the "length collection",and then my wife appropriated it for her carry piece in her"fanny pack".(she keeps getting any larger,she will soon be able to carry a Buntline Special there!)
Whats this been bobbed to,about 2.5"-2.75",as they can use the original full length ejector rod? I once did this same size bbl. to a totally beat,(non P.D. roll marked) /forums/images/graemlins/laugh.gif /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gifbut servicable Army Special I got for $50 at a surplus supplies by a sherrif's department. Hopefully the front sight is well brazed on,and you got "pre war fitting" to boot!
Grip adapters are great,and all my E/I frames wear them. You can always "round the butt",modify the existing stocks,or pick up some aftermarket Marshall stocks that seem to abound on FleaBay
Getting back to the "looks",the 2" O.P. just looks "cut off",but the worse I ever saw,was a 2" New Service 1917,that a very fine gunsmith was doing for a State Police detective who wanted to carry a larger gun in his "other job",moonlighting as a "guard" escorting large sums of cash from a race track to the bank's night deposit box. He had huge hands,and liked the .45 acp. power of the 1917. But to me,the New Service just "looked" wrong. I saw one of those new S&W .45 acp. snubs,the 625-13(?) and it looked barreless! I call these snubs,"eunuchs"!
Anyway,I would have "snagged it too",if the price was in the "shooter range". Hope dealer didn't try and pass it off as a "factory rarity"!?
Thanks for starting my day off,with some nice "eye candy"!
The barrel is 2 5/8 inches. The end of the barrel was not polished flat, tool marks are still there. It was crowned and chamfered. The sight is neatly soldered in a slot. The quality of the work is good but workman-like rather than custom level. The dealer did not claim it was original. I paid way over 200 for it, too high really. I had purchased another OP from a another dealer in very good shape for 210 so I felt OK spending too much for the chop job. Here is pic of the other OP, #880XXX.