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I was at the range today doing what you do at a range. After the session I was chatting with one of the guys that worked the counter. He had told me previously that he had an S&W model 27-2 that he might be interested in selling. It was new and unfired but he left it at the store in the safe and somebody shot it. Now that it wasn’t his virgin anymore he wanted to sell it. Knowing how he treats his guns and knowing that it would be near new, I told him if he was serious and was going to sell it, I wanted to be first in line. Tonight he asked me if I wanted it. I told him to go get it so I can see it. This thing is beautiful. It’s the 6” target mode with the target hammer, target trigger, high front sights, pinned barrel and recessed chamber. I usually see them well used around the mid fives so I was expecting it to be in that neighborhood. At that price I was a little on the fence but I would probably do it anyways. I asked him how much? He said $425. I said sold.

The picture below is similar but in 8 3/8”.

 

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Sweet gun, 357 right? I love shooting revolvers, maybe even more than auto's. I guess it's probably a tossup for me, auto's are cool because you can unload a full clip and reload quick, but there's something about the solid feel of a revolver and the full force of the rounds being transmitted to you hands that is very cool. Don't have a 357 yet, but I've shot a ruger redhawk in it plenty. Fun round, will pick up something chambered in it eventually.
 

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Yup, .357. But I probably will rarely shoot .357s out of it. It will primarily see .38s and .38 wad cutters. The .357s are fun to shoot but for cutting paper the wad cutters are far superior. I’ll try to put up a range report Saturday. It’s still in the ten day wait but since it’s in the safe at the range I can shoot it whenever I want.
 

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How did I miss this?

That's a beautiful gun. Congrats, and did you get to take it to the range yet?
 

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Update with pics and range rport.

The gun is not yet in my possession. It is still inside of the CA 10 day wait but I’m allowed to use it there. I’ve been shooting it but today I brought my camera and took a few pictures of it and I saved my targets for this update.

It’s the 6” model so it does not look as menacing as the 8 3/8” model I posted above. I used that picture because it was the first one I found by GIS. Here she is:







She’s all dirty from play but isn’t she purdy?
 

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I was going to buy a 686 plus in the 6” model when this came up. I guess this will take it’s place in my gun budget. In many respects it is the same and in other respects it is much more than the 686. I had always wanted a wheel gun of this vintage but was willing to take a 686 in its stead but now I don’t have to. I’ll start by saying that I almost feel bad for the guy that parted with her. Almost. This thing is one hell of a shooter. I love shooting this thing. The recoil with .38 rounds is very light and the sight picture is just the way I like it. The adjustments on the sights are butter smooth. There is no detent for the screw and you can adjust it as little as you like. The wheel has zero play side to side or front to back. It spins like it’s on bearings. The finish is that heavy blue that they just don’t really do any more. The hammer and trigger is tool steel that has the slow-rust blue finish on it. The thing is just beautiful.

The double action is a bit stiff but it is very smooth. As soon as the initial spring pressure is overcome it just glides like glass. There is no grit or crunch what so ever. With a little bit of practice I have been able to draw it to the break in DA and hold it there. Then bang. Almost the same as a single action break. I’m not 100% with it yet but I’ll get there. The fun in the gun is to fire it SA. I love seeing the wheel spin as you cock the hammer. You take up what little slack (~1/32) there is and stop. After that just a little more pressure and it breaks. That trigger is so smooth and breaks so clean it’s just so sweet. It’s probably just south of three and a half pound. It would be nicer if it was lighter. The previous owner said he never adjusted the weight since he never fired it. But he said I could take it down to a little over two pounds if I adjusted the tension screw for the hammer. There’s a screw in the bottom of the frame that the old S&W revolvers for adjusting this. You just back it out until you start getting FTF from light strikes and then you put half a turn back in. As soon as she’s home I’ll look into adjusting that.
 

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Here are the targets:

These groups are from various distances. My 7 yard shots aren’t too bad and the ten meter ones are respectable. I lost three to the left on the first 10 meter groups.



Close up of the good 7 yard group.

 

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Another set of groups. There’s a decent 7 yard group in there and there’s a flyer in the 10 meter group.



 

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These are all from 10 meters.



This set has a one hand (strong hand) group, a DA group and some SA groups at 7 yards. The flyer is from the one hand group.

 

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I have always had a love for the wheel guns but never owned one. Now that I have one it might just turn into a full blow addiction. I’m already on the lookout for an S&W 25-2 (same thing but .45 ACP). The guy that sold me this one has one but he said that it’s going with him to the grave. I guess I’ll have to find my own. When you buy use sometimes you win and other times not so much. This is a jackpot as far as I’m concern. If you get your chance at something like this don’t pass. If you do, and it’s local give me a call. I might have room.
 

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Yeah Wheelguns are so smooth, retro, and just have a sexy look to them.

I love my Ruger Security Six


AS you can see from the test target it is quite accurate


Having relatively big hands I had to get some better grips. All in all not bad for 235.00 total in the gun
 
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