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Hi Some time ago i bought at auction a nice Smith & Wesson model 28-2 with a 8 & 3/8" barrel. I know from the S&W Books that less than 100 were produced in that Barrel Length so the chance it is being factory Original is low and Mr R G Jinks will provide a letter for $90.00. My gun serial N118XXX with Target grips and barrel marked 38/357 magnum.
My question is this does anyone know if S&W produced less than 100 8 & 3/8" barrels specifically for the 28 with the Non Serrations as the 4 & 6" barrels or did they use Model 27 8&3/8 barrels with serrations Thanks

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Does it say Highway Patrolman on the barrel? I would guess they would have used a non serrated like on the other model 28's. The m28 was a budget version of the m27 and part of the cost cutting on that model was not having to machine the top of the barrel
 

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Does it say Highway Patrolman on the barrel? I would guess they would have used a non serrated like on the other model 28's. The m28 was a budget version of the m27 and part of the cost cutting on that model was not having to machine the top of the barrel
No It says Smith & Wesson on the side of the barrel, The sme as my 28-2 4" & 6"My thoughts are for 100 guns would S&W manufacture a small number when they have 27 8&3/8 barrels in stock already. Neither Jink's book or the S&W catalogue have any information
 

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The finish is another telltale... the M28 factory finish was a matte blue, what S&W called "brush blue". Your gun looks to have a high gloss blue like a M-27.

The other possible explanation, and it's not unheard of, is the model stamp is a mistake, and it should have been a M27-2. As Jonesy814 mentions, the top strap, rear sight and barrel rib of a M28 were smooth plain Jane's, where the the M27 were fancied up with checkering.

What does yours look like?
 
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The finish is another telltale... the M28 factory finish was a matte blue, what S&W called "brush blue". Your gun looks to have a high gloss blue like a M-27.

The other possible explanation, and it's not unheard of, is the model stamp is a mistake, and it should have been a M27-2. As Jonesy814 mentions, the top strap, rear sight and barrel rib of a M28 were smooth plain Jane's, where the the M27 were fancied up with checkering.

What does yours look like?
Well Only The Barrel has Serrations and the Frame is a standard 28 with Matte Bluing Not High Gloss bluing and no serrations. I have eight 27s ,4 Pre Models,1 each 27,27-1 & two 27-2 to view ?
 

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I reread the part in the SCSW on the model 28. In my 3rd edition there is a picture of one of the 8 3/8 inch barreled model 28's. It has a ramp front sight like the 4 and 6 inch. The description of an unserrated barrel and ramp front sight does not say "except for the 8 3?8" barrel so I would assume that description is for all variants. I suppose it could be factory, but I doubt it. The model 28 was probably the cheapest N frame and was popular as a base to modify because of that
 

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Yes I did not see (or did not Look) In my 4th ed at that photo. I have never seen a *&3/8" with a ramp front sight. So S&W did make a special barrel for the 8&3/8 guns so mine is a Gunsmith Special. Maybe the gun had a re blueing after rebarreling, but with a Dull Finish I thought it original? Thank you for pointing that out
 

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George,
You will convince me with several more good pictures of your gun. The pictures that you posted are not a Model 28 with a 8 3/8" barrel. It is two guns with no relationship to a Model 28. It is a 27-2-screw gun with modern stocks.

Please show the serial number on the cylinder, barrel, and the ejection rod.

I can check with Roy on the authentic parts of the gun.
 

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Yes I did not see (or did not Look) In my 4th ed at that photo. I have never seen a *&3/8" with a ramp front sight. So S&W did make a special barrel for the 8&3/8 guns so mine is a Gunsmith Special. Maybe the gun had a re blueing after rebarreling, but with a Dull Finish I thought it original? Thank you for pointing that out
Forum member Curt360 has a model 28 that was refinished. Whoever did it, did it correctly with the satin blued gun with matte blued top strap/barrel rib, just like the factory did them
 

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George,
You will convince me with several more good pictures of your gun. The pictures that you posted are not a Model 28 with a 8 3/8" barrel. It is two guns with no relationship to a Model 28. It is a 27-2-screw gun with modern stocks.

Please show the serial number on the cylinder, barrel, and the ejection rod.

I can check with Roy on the authentic parts of the gun.
Hey 1911 The 4 photos posted are of the gun in question. Which I now know to be a Model 28 frame, The first photo shows the Top of frame NO SERRATIONS, The Adj Sights NO SERRATIONS and Possibly a Mod 27 8&3/8" Barrel with Serrations. Yes it has Target Stocks. Later today or tomorrow I will photo it alongside either my 6" or the 4" to see the Blueing
 

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George, if the barrel is not stamped on the right side Highway Patrolman and the rib is serrated, it is not an original barrel. It is without a doubt a Model 27 barrel.
 

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George, if the barrel is not stamped on the right side Highway Patrolman and the rib is serrated, it is not an original barrel. It is without a doubt a Model 27 barrel.
Hi Guy We decided 2 post ago that the gun is a Gunsmith modified gun Jonesy814 pointed out that the SCS&W 3rd & 4th editions have a photo with the 28 8&3/8". The photo shows a Ramp Foresight
By the way not all 28s have the "Highway Patrolman" on the barrel. My 6" 28-2 manufactured 1979/80 does not, it has Smith & Wesson. I tried to do a photo for you but I am no photographer George.
 
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