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#3663349 - 01/10/10 01:35 PM Price Check on an S&W Highway Patrolman .357 4 Inc.
Remington40x Offline
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A local gun shop has an S&W Model 28 Highway Patrolman 4 inch .357 for sale, and even though I already own a Model 28 6-inch, I'm thinking about picking it up. I'm not very knowledgeable about S&W revolvers, so I'm not sure how reasonably priced this one might be.

The dealer is asking $470.00. The revolver shows signs of having been carried - small areas of bluing wear on the barrel at the muzzle and the leading edge of the cylinder; and a spot about 2/3 the diameter of a dime on the right sideplate where there are a number of scratches through the blue, probably from a holster snap. The front sight has had white paint(?) applied, but it's flaking and I think I could remove it fairly easily. There are not many signs of the gun's having been shot - very light cylinder turn line, tight lockup, virtually perfect case coloring on the hammer and trigger. The grips are the oversized (target?) style, with the open backstrap but covering the front strap and filling a bit of the area behind the trigger guard. The grips are almost mint, probably indicating that they were not on the revolver when it was in regular use.

So, what say you who know more about these than I? Should I go back at lunchtime on Monday and try to buy it and, if so, what would be a fair price?

Thanks.

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#3663403 - 01/10/10 01:46 PM Re: Price Check on an S&W Highway Patrolman .357 4 Inc. [Re: Remington40x]
T LEE Offline
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MODEL 28 HIGHWAY PATROLMAN
- .357 Mag. cal., "Highway Patrol" utility model, dull blue or brushed nickel (very rare) finish, adj. sights, standard grips, blue only, 4 or 6 in. barrel. Mfg. 1954-1986.
Grading 100% 98% 95% 90% 80% 70% 60%
1954-1957 mfg. $850 $775 $700 $575 $450 $325 $225
1957-1986 mfg. $495 $400 $350 $300 $275 $250 $225
Last MSR was $306.
Add $20 for TS.
Add 30% for 5 screw variation (pre-Model 28).
Add 300% for brushed nickel finish (beware of fakes).
There were 3 engineering changes to this model.
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#3665746 - 01/11/10 06:37 AM Re: Price Check on an S&W Highway Patrolman .357 4 Inc. [Re: T LEE]
Remington40x Offline
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Mr. Lee:

Thanks very much. That's exactly the information I was seeking.

Rem

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#3665942 - 01/11/10 07:43 AM Re: Price Check on an S&W Highway Patrolman .357 4 Inc. [Re: Remington40x]
The_Real_Hawkeye Offline
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Registered: 06/12/02
Posts: 65207
Loc: Northern Florida
Originally Posted By: Remington40x
A local gun shop has an S&W Model 28 Highway Patrolman 4 inch .357 for sale, and even though I already own a Model 28 6-inch, I'm thinking about picking it up. I'm not very knowledgeable about S&W revolvers, so I'm not sure how reasonably priced this one might be.

The dealer is asking $470.00. The revolver shows signs of having been carried - small areas of bluing wear on the barrel at the muzzle and the leading edge of the cylinder; and a spot about 2/3 the diameter of a dime on the right sideplate where there are a number of scratches through the blue, probably from a holster snap. The front sight has had white paint(?) applied, but it's flaking and I think I could remove it fairly easily. There are not many signs of the gun's having been shot - very light cylinder turn line, tight lockup, virtually perfect case coloring on the hammer and trigger. The grips are the oversized (target?) style, with the open backstrap but covering the front strap and filling a bit of the area behind the trigger guard. The grips are almost mint, probably indicating that they were not on the revolver when it was in regular use.

So, what say you who know more about these than I? Should I go back at lunchtime on Monday and try to buy it and, if so, what would be a fair price?

Thanks.
The Highway Patrolman is a sweet shooting revolver. Load it as hot as you like, and it's so heavy it feels like shooting a .38. That price is not so bad, but offer him less and see what happens.
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#3665960 - 01/11/10 07:49 AM Re: Price Check on an S&W Highway Patrolman .357 4 Inc. [Re: The_Real_Hawkeye]
safariman Offline
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Prices are kinda low, compared to model 19's and 66's etc as they are , as you know, VERY big and heavy for this caliber. Fun to own and shoot but not to carry. $470.00 is not too bad, about right for the condition.
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#3666214 - 01/11/10 09:05 AM Re: Price Check on an S&W Highway Patrolman .357 4 Inc. [Re: Remington40x]
Gene L Offline
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Registered: 06/14/06
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Loc: Georgia
It's a very good model and shootable in .357 without stretching the farme. Mine is a -2 model, and I wouldn't take the asking price of the one you're looking at for mine.

It's a defensive gun, and better suited for that than the six inch. If I needed a heavy, good revolver, I'd go for it.
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#3666227 - 01/11/10 09:10 AM Re: Price Check on an S&W Highway Patrolman .357 4 Inc. [Re: Gene L]
bea175 Offline
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Registered: 02/15/02
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Loc: Kpt.,TN , Montgomery, Co, VA
The Smith Model 28 is one of the most underrated pistol Smith has produced. They are one fine pistol. Like the 4 inch never cared much about the 6 inch
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#3666277 - 01/11/10 09:25 AM Re: Price Check on an S&W Highway Patrolman .357 4 Inc. [Re: bea175]
The_Real_Hawkeye Offline
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Registered: 06/12/02
Posts: 65207
Loc: Northern Florida
They're the poor man's Registered Magnum. Not as nice to look at, but shoots just as good.
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#3666938 - 01/11/10 12:34 PM Re: Price Check on an S&W Highway Patrolman .357 4 Inc. [Re: The_Real_Hawkeye]
bea175 Offline
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Registered: 02/15/02
Posts: 23420
Loc: Kpt.,TN , Montgomery, Co, VA
Model 27 with a welfare finish
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#3666956 - 01/11/10 12:40 PM Re: Price Check on an S&W Highway Patrolman .357 4 Inc. [Re: Remington40x]
EthanEdwards Offline
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Registered: 11/04/05
Posts: 32405
Loc: Four States
Originally Posted By: Remington40x
A local gun shop has an S&W Model 28 Highway Patrolman 4 inch .357 for sale, and even though I already own a Model 28 6-inch, I'm thinking about picking it up. I'm not very knowledgeable about S&W revolvers, so I'm not sure how reasonably priced this one might be.

The dealer is asking $470.00. The revolver shows signs of having been carried - small areas of bluing wear on the barrel at the muzzle and the leading edge of the cylinder; and a spot about 2/3 the diameter of a dime on the right sideplate where there are a number of scratches through the blue, probably from a holster snap. The front sight has had white paint(?) applied, but it's flaking and I think I could remove it fairly easily. There are not many signs of the gun's having been shot - very light cylinder turn line, tight lockup, virtually perfect case coloring on the hammer and trigger. The grips are the oversized (target?) style, with the open backstrap but covering the front strap and filling a bit of the area behind the trigger guard. The grips are almost mint, probably indicating that they were not on the revolver when it was in regular use.

So, what say you who know more about these than I? Should I go back at lunchtime on Monday and try to buy it and, if so, what would be a fair price?

Thanks.


That was a $275 gun five years ago, and could be again nearly overnight. People are running out of money and the gun industry is going to see a huge glut very soon, if not already. That said, at today's prices, it's about where it should be. I'd offer $400 and see where it lead-unless I really wanted it. If I did, I'd just pay the man. Maybe see if he'll eat the taxes.
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