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What Smith&Wessons would a colt collector like?

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I am a Colt .357 collector that needs to find interesting Smith&Wessons to collect since it is tough to find nice Colts anymore.
Any suggestions?
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I personally collect the Pre-Model Marked 27s. Although there is nothing wrong with the model marked guns.
Any 5 screw is always a good choice.. A pre 27 3 1/2" 5 screw is a nice one to collect but $$$. There are others that aren't 5 screw that are nice collectibles like a model 28 Highway Patrolman in nickel and are hard to come by in collector grade.
I just picked up this Unfired Model 66 Border Patrol Commemorative

I am selling it if you are interested.

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4 & 5- screw pre-29's in 44 mag.

early 27's , are .357.

Model 19-3 & earlier, are .357; the "Combat Magnum"- 4" & snubbies are very nice.
Just stick with the older smiths that are pinned and recessed. The newer ones arent and some models have two pieced barrels etc. (Only the older mags had recessed clyinders along with the .22`s. Basicly we like the barrel pinned models, not the newer stuff.
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While mostly P&R the others to look for are, imho, 646 (40 S&W pre lock), 696 (pre lock 5 shot 44 special), 547 (pre lock 9mm with a really cool extractor setup that does not require moon clips), 610 no dash (10mm prelock), 396 ti mountain gun (pre lock very light 4" 44 special), 686 no dash, 586 no dash, any of the three inch big bore (657, 629, etc) whether lew horton or not. 60-4 (3" 5 shot 38 j frame with adjustable sights) These are some of my favorites that always command a good price and will not go down in value imo.
Here's two I picked up that are as cool as it gets for me. They are almost impossible to find where I live. A Model 27-2 .357 with a 3 1/2" barrel and a 4" Model 29-2 .44 Magnum. The model 27 was used by a Californian who used it as a spare gun as an Indian policeman on the San Carlos Apache reservation in Arizona for a while. If you get a S&W, get one with recessed chambers like these. I wouldn't own these if they didn't have that.
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Little of topic but I have been offered a Model 27 chambered in 38 special(and it is marked on the pistol as a 38 special) I have been told that they are rare in 38 can anyone confirm this for me?
Little of topic but I have been offered a Model 27 chambered in 38 special(and it is marked on the pistol as a 38 special) I have been told that they are rare in 38 can anyone confirm this for me?
I believe it's not possible. The old S&W Outdoorsman .38 looked pretty close to a Model 27.
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Attached is the model 27 in 38 special

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I bought a model 57 that I love.
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I just love snubbies so I adore my 686-1 and 66. They are not Colts, but I enjoy them never-the-less...















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N frames with a pinned barrels are real hot right now, especially the 38/44 models and Model 27's. Model 1950 and 1955 .45's have been hard to get and I rarely see one in good condition under four figures. Other models that are going up in value fast right now are the M19 and 66. Also nearly any four and five screw adjustable sight K frame.

I was fortunate to stumble onto these two earlier this year. 6 1/2" Model 29-2 and a Model 57. Both in their presentation cases and unfired since they left the factory.


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The 27's are hot too right now as stated earlier. I just sold my 27-2 NIB. A sad day for sure, but it was to afford some new Colts :)










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Here are three that I just recently bought. The 27-2 is from 69 and the 586-0 is early eighties. Lastly the snubby is a 19-5 not really collectable but I shoot it better than most revolvers. And it has a all business look about it!






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P&R mdl 57's and 58's, short barreled 657's are my S&W's of choice and very partial to early Mdl 10's. A good early L frame in any chambering I would have and keep. One of the last runs of Schofields is on my list.
An older no lock 586. Beautiful pistol with a trigger to die for..
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