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    Dating Model 28-2

    Hi all! Brand new newbie here, hoping you all can help me out with some information. I just picked up a Model 28-2 that was on consignment at my local dealer for a pretty reasonable price, and I'm trying to track down a ballpark date of manufacture. Pictures attached below.

    The gun is in pretty darn good shape, though I'm not sure how much of the fit & finish is original at this point. The grip looks pretty obviously after-market, but to my untrained eye, the frame appears to be the original satin nickel finish, though I read something here on the forums that claimed there were very few of those actually made. There appears to be a logo stamped on the right side of the frame, but it's mostly obscured by the grip. I haven't bothered to take the grip off yet to check, but I can if it will help to identify the gun.

    Serial number is five digits, not counting the "N" prefix: N57xxx. From the bit of browsing I've done online, it appears to be somewhere in the 1970-72 range; however, that came from an unverified source, and I take most of what I read online with a grain of salt. I was hoping the experts here in the Forum could confirm our deny that info.

    Thanks all in advance for your help!
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    Welcome to the forum! Nice 28-2, never seen one with the satin nickel finish before and if original finish it could be quite valuable ( there were only 5 made with the satin nickel finish and I believe in 5" barrel length, and the serial # for these guns began with S). Others will be on shortly to provide more answers to your questions.
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    Nice

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    Good Morning,

    Very nice MK28 there. We can confirm the 1978-1980 time frame as that is indicated in the Standard Catalog. Can't narrow it any more than that without a factory letter. I'm sorry to say that it is a refinish, though it was done very well. Factory original M28s are Unicorns.

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    You are going to enjoy shooting that Highway Patrolman. That revolver does not care it has been refinished, it knows it's job and does it well. About the refinish,,, for manyof us, there are tell tale signs. The seem between the frame and side plate is the easiest. This is the seem of one a few years older when the process was the same as your gun. Notice how the seem looks like a crack.
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    It also doesn't care how old it is. What it does care about is proper diet and care. With regular exercise using even the beefiest factory loads, it will serve you, your kids and your grandkids well. Avoid ammonia based cleaners, nickel doesn't like it at all. Look around for a Cyclone 111 holster for it and a quality belt to carry it and your pants in the proper position,, that means comfy for you. Cross draw while walking the woods, prairie or desert is my preferred way with a 6" gun. Unfortunately, your eye will wander and your lust will make you look at a 4" model. The 6" will not care, it will not block you on any social media platform or resort to behaving badly. If it were human, it would
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    Welcome to the forum!

    Fine looking Smith but it is a refinish but yes a nicely done job!
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    Thanks everyone for the responses. I have a small collection of various long guns and one modern double-action semi-auto pistol, but this is my first revolver and I've wanted a .357 for years, so I am definitely looking forward to shooting it. 😁

    Question on the dates indicated by Forester: According to information in this thread [ https://www.thehighroad.org/index.ph...atures.356710/ ] (which I've seen passed around elsewhere online as well), it looks like my 28 was built/shipped in 1970-1972, but Forester stated the Standard Catalog indicates '78-'80. I'm thinking specifically of this part of the list I found:

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    N Series N Frames:

    N1 – N60,000………….......1970-72
    N60,001 – N 190,000…...1972-74
    N190,001 – N430,000…...1975 – 77
    N430.001 – N 550,000…..1978
    N550,001 – N580,000….. 1979
    N580,001 – N790,000…...1980
    N790,001 – N932,999...…1980-83
    "

    If I'm reading this right, since my serial number falls in the 50K's, it appears like '70-'72 is the date range. Can anyone confirm whether this info is accurate?

    Thanks again!

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    He probably read it as 5xx-xxx, not 5x-xxx, which would explain why he thought it was 78-80. That's how I read it at first and then went back and noticed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SirBertilak View Post
    Thanks everyone for the responses. I have a small collection of various long guns and one modern double-action semi-auto pistol, but this is my first revolver and I've wanted a .357 for years, so I am definitely looking forward to shooting it. 😁

    Question on the dates indicated by Forester: According to information in this thread [ https://www.thehighroad.org/index.ph...atures.356710/ ] (which I've seen passed around elsewhere online as well), it looks like my 28 was built/shipped in 1970-1972, but Forester stated the Standard Catalog indicates '78-'80. I'm thinking specifically of this part of the list I found:

    "
    N Series N Frames:

    N1 – N60,000………….......1970-72
    N60,001 – N 190,000…...1972-74
    N190,001 – N430,000…...1975 – 77
    N430.001 – N 550,000…..1978
    N550,001 – N580,000….. 1979
    N580,001 – N790,000…...1980
    N790,001 – N932,999...…1980-83
    "

    If I'm reading this right, since my serial number falls in the 50K's, it appears like '70-'72 is the date range. Can anyone confirm whether this info is accurate?

    Thanks again!
    Yes 70 - 72


 

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