S&W model 60

S&W model 60

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    S&W model 60

    I recently acquired a new to me M60 it was in the original box and was wearing beautiful sanbar stag grips it had quite a bit of carry wear and am currently polishing the lighter scratches out. It has no dash and a pinned barrel. I borrowed a bianchi 9R bullitt style shoulder holster from a friend and love it. I have two questions number one I can't seem to find a similar holster for sale new other then the vega model can anyone give a review. And an opinion of this I love the bianchi but am not sure if I will be able to trade my friend out of it. Also would like to know the date of manufacture. Serial number is R163***
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    R100000-R190000 covers the years 1974 to 1977 so yours is probably 1975 or 1976. This data is from the "Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson" by Supica and Nahas. Smith & Wesson could answer your query with more precision.

    Great revolver and perhaps is actually the very best 5-shot Smith & Wesson .38 Special revolver ever made. Get rid of the scratches that you can and don't worry about the rest. Just carry it and shoot it and be happy.
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    The box has the date9-23-76 thought maybe that was the production date thank you very much I've been shinning on it for a couple days coming along nicely and I think the grips complement it well

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    Who knows.

    If it's hand written then likely it's the date it was acquired by the original owner who thought to write it on the box. Could have been written there by the shop when it was originally taken into inventory. Never observed Smith & Wesson to date their boxes but one should never say never. If it isn't the production date or the factory shipping date then it is likely close enough to the actual production date.

    Yes, those stag stocks do dress it up a bit over the light and somewhat orange-y colored walnut panels generally provided by the factory during those years. Nice touch for it to be old enough to still feature the pinned barrel.
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    I have a model 60 also, sweet little revolvers.
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    Something else I like is the owner had retained all of the factory pamphlets registration cards warranty work information for were it would be sent and even the small cleaning rod and brush. He told me the grips were put on right after he bought it. The original walnuts are in perfect shape in the box. Doesn't look like the gun was carried once with them. The stags have fairly heavy coloration from oils in the hand and only one small scratch. Truly a good find and makes an excellent addition to my 686. Thank you all for the replies.

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    Very nice find. I picked up one just a couple of years older almost a year ago. It was completely stock with the original box and papers also. It had almost NO wear at all and if it had 50 rounds through it I would be surprised. I am not a wheel-gunner but, that little Smith is true prize. Oh, and it is a fabulous little shooter. You'll love yours.

    I like the stag on yours. I may have to look into that.

    Thanks for sharing.

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    Revolvers are crazy cool!

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    ...GREAT gun...I carried the M60 in the 70s as backup...bobbed the hammmer....Packy Compac grips...had the Bianchi upside down shoulder holster held closed with elastic in front...think that was a 9...this one's close to them: Upside Down Shoulder Holster hope you enjoy yours...
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    Something else I like is the owner had retained all of the factory pamphlets registration cards warranty work information for were it would be sent and even the small cleaning rod and brush. He told me the grips were put on right after he bought it. The original walnuts are in perfect shape in the box. Doesn't look like the gun was carried once with them. The stags have fairly heavy coloration from oils in the hand and only one small scratch. Truly a good find and makes an excellent addition to my 686. Thank you all for the replies.

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    Cool

    Nice model 60 and beautiful grips with just the right amount of bark on them.

    Mine is a 1983 with Eagle Secret Service grips and a bobbed hammer.

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    I carry it in a High Noon Public Secret IWB holster or a Remora pocket holster.

    Not my EDC but it slips into the rotation on special occasions.

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    Nice find

    The S&W model 60 is one of the classic revolvers of all time. It was good in blued steel as the model 36, but is probably better in stainless as the model 60 because of better corrosion resistance.

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    You can definitely tell that revolver has seen some use - I like that. Please post pics as you clean it up.
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    I carried a 1966 model 60 that my father gave to me for many years, a great gun. My brother is now the proud owner, sorry to say.
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    Love my Mod 60 357 mag.
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    From what I can tell looking at forcing cone, inside cylinder, and at the crane area this one was fired little. Looks to me like the gentleman carried it in his pocket with loose change so far all the scratches are polishing out well. They have the stag grips on eBay. I really like the feel of the stags they remain easy to hold even if hands are sweaty due to it being porus much like ivory. I will worn you the grips generally run in the two hundred dollar range for the j frame

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