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I am buying a 27-2 and am wondering if I paid too much. It is a 1968 model with an S prefix. Comes with really nice smooth presentation targets. I am almost positive they were refinished, but the work is VERY good. It's a 5", which has been a grail gun for me for some time. One small spot at muzzle on left where bluing is gone about 1/8" in dia., otherwise it looks great. No other goodies, but I have a presentation case for a 5" gun in great shape. Were the tools for the 5" guns different than for the 6"? The stocks are Goncalo Alves.

What's a fair range on price for an S, 5"?
 

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Does it matter?

It's something you really want. Don't spoil the fun by worrying if you paid a little too much. Even if you did, so what? You can get more money.
 

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Does it matter?

It's something you really want. Don't spoil the fun by worrying if you paid a little too much. Even if you did, so what? You can get more money.
I like your way of thinking saxonpig. I was down at the gun shop this morning, and they finally got some primers in. The gentleman in front of me was arguing over the price so i bought the whole lot. :mrgreen:
 

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SaxonPig said:
Does it matter?

It's something you really want. Don't spoil the fun by worrying if you paid a little too much. Even if you did, so what? You can get more money.
Good advice, IMO, particularly if you keep your guns a long time. When I bought 'em, I paid too much for nearly all of my real prizes - the few scarce, high grade, high condition items I have. At the time, some fellows smirked and some fellows even laughed at my foolishness. Now, many years later, those folks wish they had done the same thing. :lol:

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If it's a grail gun and one you've been searching for it's worth what you paid for it. It sounds really nice. I was lucky (IMO) to find a five inch 27-2 N prefix with checkered targets for $550.00 two years ago. It was in ninety-eight per cent condition with no box, tools, or paper. I thought I was in tall cotton. I know there were five people behind me ready to grab it if I didn't want it.

I bought it because, regardless of what others said about their availability and numbers made I had not seen a five inch Mod. 27-2 in this area and was fortunate to find what I wanted on Guns America at a price I was willing to pay. The gentleman I purchased the gun from was retired military and was surprised at the interest shown in the revolver. I would not sell mine now for anywhere close to $550.00. I would think (IMO) that if you paid somewhere around $750.00 you did well.
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To me, the most interesting thing is the fact that the gun has a set of Presentation stocks on it. If they are presentations, normally there would be a reason for leaving the right side of the gun open for engraving. Perhaps they are smooth targets and the relive on the right side is missing?

At anyrate, Presentations bring a premium in price and would bring some added value to the package...

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When I say smooth target, someone always tells me they are "smooth presentations", so this time I said smooth presentations. They are smooth targets. ;) Here are some pictures.









 

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Thanks for the replies folks. Anyone able to answer the question about the tools? Are they the same as shipped with 6" guns?
 

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I picked up a 27-2 a while back, a 5-inch like yours only mine is nickel. I won't say what I paid for it, but I can tell you that for some reason they are all over the map in prices. Like you the 5-inch M27 was also a grail gun for me. Over the last year or so I have been picking up all the guns on my list that I have wanted for some time. The reason, my wife and I are trying to start a family and buy a house. If that happens my gun money will be gone or at least cut down substantially. So I have decided silently that if I have to pay a bit more now than what others might pay, then so be it. I might not be able to get those guns in the near future, and when the time comes I will probably end up paying more due to the fact that the guns I want are drying up. So in the end, if it was a gun that you really wanted, and you paid what you think is more than what say another guy in a shop would have paid for it, then isn't it worth it? I have had on more than one occasion had a guy tell me i paid too much for a gun, but you know what, the guns I have I enjoy shooting. There is nothing more pleasurable for me than taking my Mountain Gun that I wanted for 10 years out to the range. There is nothing more that I like holding my .257 Roberts, a rifle that I had always wanted and my wife got me for Christmas two years ago, or my Smiths, my Ruger, and so on and so forth.
 

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I hear you Dave. One of the things about being on the Smith forums is that alot of guys don't care or understand, but my passion for firearms stretches beyond Smiths. I love all guns. I own many different types and makes. I own far more Smith handguns than anything else, but I buy other guns as well, so to me, paying too much does matter. It matters because it will limit the number and type of guns I can buy. Especially in this economy. I think I paid right in the middle of the road on this gun. It is a grail gun and it gets me that much closer to one of my goals which is to own all the different caliber blued N frames. I just sold my 657, so I need to replace it with a blue one. I need an M-24 and I'll have them all. I owned a new 57 years ago but sold it to a friend and he won't sell it back even though he never shoots it. I own other handguns, but I want to have all the different calibers that have been available in my lifetime in a blued N frame. Some of the ones I own now I have more than one of, but there are still those two holes that need fillin'.
 

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I love all things 27 and the 5" is my favorite. I have 3 and I forget that not everyone is so blessed until I hear people speak of this model being a "Grail Gun."







I put the blued one (1968 vintage with the apparently magical S serial prefix) up for sale about 18 months at $450 and got zero replies. After a few days I deleted the post and kept the gun.
 

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Beautiful gun guns !!

I think you did well and after all you got one off your list of grail guns !!
 

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Yea, you all are right about that! I'm not complaining, it's just that no one wants to be a sucker and spend too much on one gun, when he could have bought goodies for it with the money he could have saved. :D Besides from what I am reading I did OK!
 

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The accessories are the same for all barrel lengths (except for the length of the aluminum cleaning rod....I assume the 5, 6, and 6 1/2-inch lengths all used the same rod). I have always liked the 5-inch 27, but never have owned one.

Bill
 

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The accessories are the same for all barrel lengths (except for the length of the aluminum cleaning rod....I assume the 5, 6, and 6 1/2-inch lengths all used the same rod). I have always liked the 5-inch 27, but never have owned one.

Bill
Bill you got to be kidding me, their is actually a smith you haven't owned.
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