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Since this is my first post on this forum I thought I would post a photo of the first and last Smith & Wesson I have purchased. I bought the first 57 in 1973 or 74 in Hollister, California. I carried it for bear protection while working in the Bush in Alaska during the summer of 1975. It also makes a mighty fine drill when you leave your cordless drill back in Anchorage and you need to drill two holes thru a piece of culvert.

The second one is one I stumbled on at a local dealers two weeks ago. It is a first or second year with Cokes and is at least 99%, the only flaw I have found is the faint turn line on the cylinder. It is the one I could not afford back in 1965 when I was poor college student.

 

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Welcome to this forum!!! It is unusual to have the first S&W you purchased, but congratulations for doing so. Both 41 Magnums are very nice.

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Doc, thanks for the welcome. I actually sold the first 57 to my best friend but later got it back from him in a trade. I have been a .41 magnum fan since they first came out. I even bought two boxes of ammo before I purchased an early Ruger Blackhawk in .41 magnum in 1965. As I recall I paid $87.00 for the Ruger while the Smiths were going for around $125.00. After handling the model 57 I just bought I can see the difference in quality.
 

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EQ, first of all welcome to the forum. There is a lot of great people here, and some very knowledgable ones as well.

As for the 57's, all I can say it that they are beatiful. Like you, I am a .41 nut. I've got a Blackhawk, a Taurus Tracker (a very under rated gun IMO), a Marlin 1894, and finally a 4" 57 no dash. Unlike you however, my Smith was the last .41 I bought. Now I just need one in nickel...
 

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You cetrainly know how to make an entrance!
Well done!
 

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EQ,
Glad to have you here!
Nice post and photo, too.
FWIW, a turn line isn't a flaw.
Now that idea about using a .41 magnum as a DRILL still has me smiling. :lol:
I do believe you're going to like it here.
Don
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Very nice! I'm a big Model 57 fan too..

Glad to see you joined us! Welcome!
 

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EQ, Welcome to the forum it's interesting I'm not the only one who has used a revolver to poke a hole where I needed one to be. I was putting together some wooden target frames one time & didn't have a drill for a bolt hole. I used a .38 Special to poke several holes where we needed them to be for the bolts. Welcome. Frank
 

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welcome to the Forum...very nice, glad you were able to at least get it back......looks GreaT!!
 

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Beautiful guns. You will find a lot of model 57 fans in here.I have the first smith and wesson I ever bought back in 1976.I have every smith and wesson I ever bought.I keep them forever and just want more.
 
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