Which old S&W would you choose?

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    Which old S&W would you choose?

    Here is the deal...

    I have a friend that had a major life changing event. He and I met because of our love and passion for S&W wheel guns. We both belong to a shooting club and shot the shat a long with targets quite a bit. He has a few years on me and a few guns on me. We have really hit it off over the last few years as he has showed me his collection of wheel guns because he knew how much I appreciated them.

    He is now moving out of the country and to a place in which he cannot take any of his firearms. He had offered me pick of the litter. I want to reach out to my fellow revolver guys and ask what I should pick.

    If you could have any of the classic models that are either mint or unfired what would they be? Note* all display boxes and parts are included. They are truly amazing.
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    All of them? M29, for sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by red13 View Post
    All of them? M29, for sure.
    I can only swing the cost of about two of them.
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    It would be a toss up between an M-29 or a M-25 in either 45LC or 45ACP.
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    Quote Originally Posted by msgt/ret View Post
    It would be a toss up between an M-29 or a M-25 in either 45LC or 45ACP.
    He has both!
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    Quote Originally Posted by C hawk Glock View Post
    He has both!
    In that case I would have to go with the M-25 preferably in 45LC, around here M-29s are plentiful but M-25s are as scarce as honest politicians.
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    N frames are a good choice

    I also like older S&W revolvers, have a number of them, and believe your friend's offer is a rare opportunity for you.

    I would suggest that an N frame S&W, like the models 29 or 25 you are discussing, would be an excellent choice. I am also partial to the model 27 in .357 magnum. If your friend had the 3.5 inch model or the 8-3/8 inch model in mint condition I would be very tempted by that.

    I have owned the 8-3/8 inch model 27 for 40 years. I bought it used in the late 60s and it is not in mint condition, but it is a remarkable gun for shooting. The trigger is impeccable, and given its long sight radius and heavy weight, it is like shooting a rifle rather than a handgun.

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    How about a 38/44 ? Nice old classic revolver, not sure what if any model number. Had one once upon a time - ate everything you could stick in.
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    M19, M10. I think that the k frames have the very best actions Smith ever produced, 357 and 38 are infinitely usable and cheaper to feed. Also the M15 would be a great aquisition.
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    It's probably too tedious, but a listing, or better yet, pictures of what you have to choose from would be interesting.

    But so far the Model 25 seems most interesting to me.

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    Model 19 in any barrel.

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    I have a M-29-2 6.5" Blue thats strictly a safe queen, a M-25-5 in .45LC also a safe queen. I used to have a M-27 with 8 3/8" barrel, but I always wanted the version with the 3.5". I haven't seen one in at least 20 years.
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    Did I miss something? No link or pics to the collection...
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    Quote Originally Posted by gasmitty View Post
    Did I miss something? No link or pics to the collection...
    Hi,

    I don't have pics yet. I will try to get some posted this saturday. This has been a tough time for my buddy and even though he is really wanting a couple of these to go to me, I am trying to be respectful, but frankly I feel like a kid in a candy store.
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    See if he has a registered magnum. That is what I would choose.
    A Model 19 2.5, 3 or 4"
    A Model 15 2" snubbie is always a great find

    I love K-frames.
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