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S&W Model 60

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by amboy49, Jan 11, 2012.

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  1. amboy49

    amboy49 Well-Known Member

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    Saw a S&W Model 60 advertised on one of the sales threads. The description said the gun was "Rare" because the crane had Mod.60 with no following dash -

    What made this gun "Rare"

    Also, one of my friends claims he has a Model 60 in .357 calibre. I thought these models only came in .38 calibre ?
     
  2. Bushmaster1313

    Bushmaster1313 Well-Known Member

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    "Rare" means early, as in before the later models which were identified by a number after a dash, as in Model 60-2.

    Also, of all the Model 60's produced, relatively few are the ones before the later models that had dashes.

    The earliest are the ones with a pinned barrel.
     
  3. Jim R

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    I have one in 357 Mag......It's for sale

    PM for more info
     
  4. Johnny

    Johnny Well-Known Member

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    I have a Model 60. A small 5 shot 38 with exposed hammer. The 60 has morphed into a larger .357.
     
  5. g7777777

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    They are good guns and respond well to action and trigger jobs and other custom work

    The first commonly available stainless revolver and as such was a novelty tested by every gun writer in the world

    The earliest ones supposedly dont do well on an extended diet of Plus P ammo

    There were some made in 357 as I remember- not a model change but actually made in 357

    regards from Iowa

    Gene
     
  6. Johnny

    Johnny Well-Known Member

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    Gene, I don' see how any of the small 5 shot 38's could "do well on an extended diet of Plus P ammo"
     
  7. Brian in Oregon

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    Somebody does not know their S&W history.

    While S&W has used dash numbers for engineering changes on their handguns, the fact is the early J-frames did not. The engineering changes are by serial number. In fact, the Model 36-1 signifies a special run of 202 Model 26's with 3" target barrels and target sights with round or square butts in blue or nickel.

    The Model 60 also did not use a dash number, and in fact spanned many years of changes. These have to be broken down by serial number.

    1965-66<br>
    401,754 to 401,792<br>
    409,802 to 410,698<br>
    Bright polished finish with polished stainless steel trigger and hammer. A handful of these may have been made with flat thumb latches, since production started in Oct 65 and the latch was changed in Feb 1966.

    1966-67<br>
    475,000 to 480,000<br>
    Bright polished frame, cylinder and barrel with dark case hardened hammer and trigger. (The initial run of stainless hammers and triggers were soft and wore out prematurely. Replacement parts were case hardened.)<br>
    490,0001 to 491,503<br>
    Satin finish, flashed chrome hammer and trigger.

    1967-68<br>
    515,001 to 519,000<br>
    620,001 to 626,550<br>
    No changes. Just showing serial numbers by year.

    1968-69<br>
    655,001 to 658,000<br>
    712,001 to 712,250<br>
    No changes. Just showing serial numbers by year.

    1969-70<br>
    R series starts at serial number R1<br>
    No other changes.

    So, to find out what the gun really is, you'd need a pic and a serial number range.
     
  8. xb40

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    If you shoot the new Model 60, with 357 mag rounds,you would be well advised to wear a pair of shooting gloves. It will hurt you if you are not careful.
     
  9. g7777777

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    Brian- where did the plus P approved ones come in that range?

    Regards from Iowa

    Gene
     
  10. Brian in Oregon

    Brian in Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Yup, the new Model 60 in 357 will make you think you have a tiger by the tail.
     
  11. Jim R

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    The model 60 I have is great with 38's in it . Brian is right with 357 mag's in it, it is not fun to shoot. I have very large hands and it hard for me to control it with the mag loads.


    Jim
     
  12. TRW369

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    I have a mint model 60 "A" engraved by the mfg. for sale if anyone is interested in buying it. I am the original owner and it has a pair of custom grips on it. All original, box, brochure and cleaning rod. Pics if you are interested.

    Thanks,
    TRW369
    215 570 6666
     
  13. cubancigar2000

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    Brian, sounds like you know or have smith info. I have a 36 marked on crane,pinned barrel no dash, ser # 32271. Any idea of year also have a 36 marked on crane,pinned barrel, serial # 01765 and would like to know year of mfg and value if possible
     
  14. xb40

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    cigar2000, serial number 32271=between 1953&1954. serial number 01765=1950.
    xb
     
  15. JerryP

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    Gene, A 357 won't fit in the original Model 60 J frame. The 357's use a different frame. Standard 38 loads are bad enough, beats the hide off my knuckles. I wouldn't shoot +p's in a J frame.
     
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    Thx xb40, appreciated. I have owned both since the late 60's so I just wondered. The low number one was my dads and he bought it new but thats all I knew
     
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    I've got a 3" .357, too. It's my primary carry gun and makes a pretty good kit gun, too. Speaking of which, I just found out today that S&W made a short run of 5" model 60's in .357. Not much of a concealed carry gun, but very interesting as a kit gun. Hmmmmmm.
     
  18. amboy49

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    I went to a gun show in Indianapolis this weekend. Found four S&W Model 60's. Two in the blue box priced at $600 and $700 ( seller was quite proud it had a three digit serial number.)

    Another one at $550 - no box.

    Fourth at $550 - also no box.

    Plus 7% Indiana sales tax !

    More than I wanted to pay.

    I can beat the sales tax if I buy off of one of the internet sites, but then will have to pay a $35 transfer at the local FFL.
     
  19. deadeye45

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    Brian,
    You arroused my curiosity. Mine is stainless, 5 shot .38. Says "model 60"
    serial 292XX. Can't seem to fit in any of the 6 digit ranges you have listed.
    SOOOO, it must be early early??
    thanks,
    Larry
     
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