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This two-tone ".357" was shipped to Rex Firearms in December 1952. It is an early gun with target stocks (note their profile) and it was shipped in a Registered Magnum box that is numbered to the gun. I thought I would post it since there is a lot of interest in the ".357" on the forum.

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That sure is pretty.You sure have a nose and a knack for finding rare collector guns.I seen pictures of colts in two tone but thats the first swith and wesson I have ever seen.
 

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They were still using RM boxes as late as 12/52? That must really frost RM collectors who can't find proper boxes now because there are so few still around.
 

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I have seen three post-war ".357s" shipped in pre-war boxes. Two have 8 3/8-inch barrels and one has a 3 1/2-inch barrel. The box for the short barrel revolver was destroyed in a plane crash a couple of years ago.

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Bill,
I love that gun and especially the flair on the butt of the grips! It would be an interesting fact to find out how many pintos by model they made over the years! Some seem to be more prevalent than others like the .357 Mag.
Thanks for posting this one!
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John...It seems as though the Pre-27 was one of S&W's favorite models to make in a two-tone finish. They didn't make a lot of them, but I have seen several 3 1/2-inch two-tones (most are engraved) and a couple of 8 3/8-inchers were not engraved.

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