Hint to old Smith owners (especially those old 29s, 27s,53s.57s.etc,etc!
Now is the time to sell, a small affluent group has formed (danged internet) that collect most but not all of the older pre locks (that fugly safety lock directly above the cylinder release (please GOD nobody asks what a freaking....) and most models with the firing pin attached to the hammer (a few slight bonus bucks for colour case hammer & trigger)
Yeah, I watch this kind of stuff, I predict a short plat-OH (insert humor) and then a rapid decent in value for a myriad of self obvious reasons
I had a very, very nice model 57 come in today for an action job, after stripping the old gal noted the superior machining on that gun (each gun is a rule unto itself thus quot Taffin and on this point will not argue) so here I have in my hand is the potentially smoooooothest action ever.....the inside looks like it was inspection day with the owner of S&W doing the inspecting....... I must own this gun!
I've had no use for a .41maggie and owned both the Smiths and a custom Python decided on the .44 Maggie (hey, if you can handle a.41 then step on up...Elmer said so!)
Anywho, most of the old blued Smiths are worth at the very least the value of a retail priced stainless, MIM infested, safety locked, $600.00 to One Thousand Dollar gun.
We could discuss later about why the newer Smiths are far better than the old Smiths and which generation might be defined as best of ever Smiths?