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lihjgq; I'm still kinda new to this so it's time for the next stupid question.
I see ads in the for sale areas that state that the revolver is "pre-lock".
what exactly is that referring to?

Some Brady Bill thing, requiring locks on the guns?

Can somebody answer this easily. oifNGF
 

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Something dreamed up to make your 'Smith Lawyer proof. Its an integral trigger lock above the cylinder latch. If you see a hole above the cylinder latch on a new Smith...that's it.
 

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Pre locks look good, are reliable, and are also worth more than IL or lock revolvers.

IL revolvers look like the hammer is buried in the frame. They lack the graceful curve of the frame around the hammer, and have the ugly zit above the thumb latch. Their MIM triggers and hammers look like badly oxidized metal. Of course they occasionally lock themselves up while firing as well. Real junk IMHO. YMMV. Regards 18DAI.
 

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As has been stated here, pre-lock refers to more than a century of handguns manufactured by S&W before they decided that they would try to make their lives lawyer-proof -- to no avail.

Most all shooters I've encountered hate the locks. But understand, virtually all of us are traditionalists. Arguments about the merits of newer arms aside, that means we take most new developments in damned small doses. ;)

I happen to hate the locks. I'll bet my grandsons will not think all that much about it. But I likely will be long gone by then... lkhjg;a

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It is more then the lock. It is the introduction of the MIM parts and the removal of the firing pin from the hammer. The original Smith & Wesson’s with the case hardened target trigger and hammer are more desirable and therefore have a higher resale value. Even better are those revolvers with pinned barrels and recessed cylinders. Blued versions have higher resale value then stainless steel or plated guns. Pre-lock revolvers without the lug under the barrel hold higher value. If you don’t care about resale value then purchase whatever you like or can afford. If you plan on leaving your firearms to someone you might want to consider purchasing more desirable ones.
 

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. Blued versions have higher resale value then stainless steel or plated guns. Pre-lock revolvers without the lug under the barrel hold higher value.
Um. Not necessarily. 🤣
 
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Um. Not necessarily. 🤣
Please check the pricing for Smith & Wessson revolvers on GunsAmerica or other internet gun sites. I think that you will find what I said to be more inline with current thought. Some new "lock" style revolvers have been on line for months with no takers while other pre-lock firearms are selling fast even at much higher prices then new revolvers. Are these buyers "shooters"? Idk, but as far as collecting is concerned the money is in blue finished Colts and S&W's; pre-lock over "lock" versions and 6" no lug barrel seems to be in the highest demand. Also 5 screw older model S&W's are also desirable (my guess is these are easier to take apart). I would purchase S&W stock except I do not think that its products are as good as they once were as they chase lower manufacturing costs. If they embraced a nostalgic version of its most popular firearms to test sales, then I would purchase its stock. It is a sellers market.
 

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Referring to nickel vs blued..
 

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