For a long time now I have been wanting to get a good, classic, mid sized Smith and Wesson revolver. I just never could seem to find the right one, at the right price. I wanted a .38 or .357, with about a 4" barrel.
Lo and behold yesterday I went up to the gun store (I was actually curious about some police trade in Glock 21's they have, but as people told me when I started a thread about them a little while back, the grip is just too big). And in their trade in display case, they have about 50 S&W model 64's, that they had just put in that morning. They sales folks said that they were a big batch that got traded in by the Corrections department. I got a super friendly sales guy who was content to let me go through about 6 different ones in the case before I found the one I wanted. A lot of them had aftermarket grips, but I wanted one with the original grips. I can always go buy a replacement set if I don't like the originals, I can't go buy the original ones for the gun back.
So I selected a 64-5 with a 4" barrel, which seemed to have a good lock up and timing still, as well as nice crisp rifling in the barrel. There are some scratches in the finish, which I am fine with, it was a work gun, and will be a shooter, not a safe queen. The trigger is nice and smooth, and what one would expect from Smith and Wesson. Here is a crappy cell phone pic on my ugly placemat:
I think for right around $300, it was a pretty good deal, as it should last forever. Do any of you know of a way to determine the age of a S&W revolver from the serial number? I should be shooting this fine revolver next Friday night, and will give a range report then.