The following firearms are unusual, commemorative or rare examples of Revolvers from various manufacturers.
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This is a 2 1/2" model 686 that has been fully engraved. Engraving can turn a utilitarian tool into a collectable work of art. The grips are smooth presentation service stocks, these have gained the nickname banana grip. 

This is a Smith & Wesson Deluxe Texas Ranger commemorate. In 1973 S&W produced 10,000 Model 19 revolvers to commemorate the 150th anniversary of that legendary organization. Of the total production 2,000 were produced without knives. The remaining 8,000 had special commemorative Bowie knives serial numbered to match the revolvers. Of those 8000, S&W created 50 fully engraved Deluxe firearms. S&W even engraved the backstrap of the revolver. The firearms were supplied in French fitted locking walnut presentation cases with the Texas Ranger logo embossed on the outside of the case. Also included was a special anniversary coin. Both sides of the coin are shown.   



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This is a 6" blue model 27 that is factory Class A engraved. It shipped with smooth presentation grips and has the 3-Ts as well as the wood presentation case. Even the trigger guard is engraved. This one was produced in 1980. The factory engraved firearms are a great option. The quality of the S&W Master Engraves is well above the standard. 


In 1995 300 Model 29 Mountain Guns were ordered to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the S&W Collector's Association. Only 136 revolvers were serial numbered. SWC0001 was engraved, inlaid and auctioned off. SWC0002-SWC0129 were gold inlaid and finished. The blue is so mirror bright that there is no way to capture it's beauty in a photograph. This is the last revolver produced and shipped. 


Close up of SWCA Gold inlay

This Kansas Highway Patrol model 586 is from a run of 338 produced  for the 50th anniversary in 1987. The revolver has class-C level engraving coverage. It also has the KHP badge done as a very detailed gold inlay on the revolvers right side. The grips are Standard target stocks. The revolver was supplied in a lockable French fitted case that had the KHP badge on the inside of the lid and the 50th anniversary logo on the outside


Close up of Badge inlay

In 1984 the Federal Bureau of Investigation commissioned this 5" Model 27 to honor their 50th Anniversary. 3200 of these revolvers were produced. The revolvers are serial numbered FBIxxxx. 

Formed in 1789 the United States Treasury Department produced these 4" Model 686 revolvers to commemorate their BiCentennial in 1989.  


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This is a United States Secret Service commemorative. This was produced for the 100th anniversary 1865-1965. This is a 4" Model 19 with the Secret Service logo engraved and filled with gold along with all of the text. The grips are smooth presentation Goncalvo Alves. The walnut French fitted presentation case has the Secret Service star embossed on the outside. 2,000 were estimated to be produced.

The United States Customs Patrol was founded in 1853 and is now a part of the Office of Homeland Security. For their 125 Anniversary S&W produced this 4" Model 19 with the Customs badge engraved on the side plate and gold filled. 813 of these revolvers were produced in 1978.


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Formed in January of 1831, the Cook County Sheriff's Office celebrated it's 150th birthday in 1981. S&W produced this 3" Model 65 to commemorate the event. The Cook County patch is engraved on the firearms side plate as well as being embossed on the lid of the walnut presentation case. The barrel is roll marked "COOK COUNTY SHERIFF" and on the second line "1831-1981". The grips are smooth combat Goncalvo Alves. 

In 1980 the Chicago Police Department was 125 years old. For the occasion, S&W produced this 4" Model 66 revolver. The side plate and lid of the presentation case both are decorated with the CPD star. The barrel is roll marked "Chicago Police Department" and under that "125 Years of Service". 

 

The Missouri State Highway Patrol produced this 4" Model 66 Smith & Wesson for their 50th anniversary in 1981. The side plate was engraved with the logo and the years. The grips are standard Magna target stocks. 900 were manufactured.

1973 was the 40th anniversary for the Ohio Highway Patrol. In honor of that event a 4" blue Smith & Wesson Model 10 was produced. The OHP logo engraved in a 40th anniversary wreath and gold filled on the side plate. The same logo is on the lid of the French fitted presentation case. The grips are smooth presentation rosewood. 2,025 were produced.

In 1978 the Detroit Renaissance had S&W produce this deeply blued Model 19 with large gold text and a detailed Detroit badge on the side plate. 

This revolver was the property of John Nichols, who was the Detroit Police Department Commissioner. He later became Oakland County Sheriff and finally passed away in 2004.

For it's 60th anniversary the Washington State Patrol had S&W produce this cased 6" Model 28 revolver. Along with the firearm, a limited edition belt buckle was also fitted inside. While the lid of the presentation case has the WSP patch, the side plate is engraved with the departments badge. The barrel is roll marked "WASHINGTON STATE PATROL" with a second line reading "1921 - 60TH ANIV. - 1981". Only 762 were produced.

In 1976 the Rhode Island State Police convinced S&W to produce this 6" Model 66 with a functional butt swivel. However, before the order was completed the RISP decided to change from a 6" to a 4" revolver. Only 200 pieces were produced and delivered to the Patrol, most of those were put into normal service. This is an un-issued revolver, it was never used by the RISP.

This is an un-issued Oklahoma Highway Patrol S&W 4" Model 65 revolver. The OHP logo is engraved on the side plate and the barrel is roll marked "OKLAHOMA HIGHWAY PATROL". This one was manufactured in 1974.

This is an un-issued California Highway Patrol "CHiPs" S&W 6" Model 68 revolver. The model 68 is basically a 6" variation of the Model 67 Combat Masterpiece. The model 68 was only produced in 1976.

This is a West Virginia State Police Model 686. The WVSP logo is engraved in the side plate and a WVSP ID# appears under the cylinder on the opposite side of the firearm. This one was manufactured in 1987

This is a 3 1/2" Model 27. This revolver was issued by the Austin Police Department. The APD ordered them in nickel finish with standard hammer and a smooth trigger. This one was manufactured in 1975.

In 1986 the Texas Independence Association wanted to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Texas Wagon Train. Smith and Wesson produced a very unique 5" blued revolver, named the model 544 this was chambered for the 44-40 WCF cartridge. The presentation case is made out of a gray wood and the lid has several logos embossed on it. The revolvers side plate has the Wagon Train logo and the barrel is roll marked "1836 TEXAS 1986". The grips are smooth presentation Goncalvo Alves. 4,782 were produced. 

 

This is a Bob Munden Limited Edition II Colt SAA revolver. Bob Munden is recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as " The fastest Man with a Gun Who has Ever Lived." This unique firearm is shipped in this old-fashioned strongbox and secured with a traditional swing lock. When you open the top the first thing you see is gold nuggets. Hidden under the nuggets is the revolver. This is #12 of 100. The revolver has every option, upgrade and feature that Bob has learned in his many years. The finish is nickel and fire blue. Bob's signature logo is engraved in the grip strap. I have never fired a SAA like this before. The only word that comes to mind is Incredible.



This is a Colt Bicentennial Set. Colt produced 1776 of these sets. Three firearms are housed in this walnut case along with a commemorative book. In the top drawer is a Colt Python that is engraved with patriotic scenes. In the second drawer is a Colt SAA that is also engraved. In the bottom drawer is a Colt Dragoon complete with powder flask and tools. All three revolvers carry the same serial number.



Python close-up   SAA close-up 

In 1989 Colt produced 500 Snake Eyes. This is a pair of 2 1/2" Colt Pythons in a nicely detailed display case. One revolver was finished in Ultimate Stainless and the other in Colt's Royal Blue. The grips are scrimshawed with a pair of dice on one side and a diamond straight flush on the other side. The barrel is marked Snake Eyes in place of the usual Python marking. Along with the revolvers Colt produced playing cards, dice and poker chips to go along with the set.



This is a Smith & Wesson model 36 Texas Hold'Em special edition. These were manufactured in 2005. All of the revolvers serial numbers start with TEX. The revolvers have the Dead Man's hand (aces and eights) in gold on the side plate as well as the gold barrel and cylinder bands plus the engraving on the frame and cylinder. The revolvers were shipped in French fitted glass top display cases with the poker chips and playing cards. This is a very neat set. 

 

This is a very nice replica of the  #3 Schofield Wells Fargo model. This variation has a 5" barrel. This one is chambered for 45 Colt. 

The very early stainless steel revolvers were totally stainless. This early Model 66 has stainless sights, stainless trigger and hammer and even stainless springs. S&W quickly learned that stainless against stainless had some bad affects on the action not to mention sight picture and changed these parts back to carbon steel. This revolver's clear side plate makes it an excellent demonstrator.

This is a 5" Model 27 in nickel finish. The revolver is in it's original presentation case with all tools and accessories. The 5" has always been a very desirable barrel length for the N-frame revolvers. The gun has the 3Ts. This one was manufactured in 1980.

This is a 627 PC from the S&W Performance Center cambered in 357 Magnum. This is the first 8 shot 357 produced. It was introduced in 1997 and 300 were produced as the first run. They sold so fast, another 300 were made. This model is now part of the S&W lineup. The 5" slab sided barrel has a nice profile. The front sight is interchangeable, a gold McGivern bead comes installed. The factory grips are laminated finger groove. The cylinder is machined for 8 shot moon clips. This updated stainless steel version of the Model 27 is serial number 27. 

This is a 2 5/8" 627 Personal Defense Revolver  from the S&W Performance Center chambered in 357 Magnum. This is the first 8 shot 357 snubby produced. It has a pair of S&W smooth factory combat grips installed in place of the boot grips that it originally shipped with. Using the 8 shot moon clips reloads are very fast.

2000 saw the return of the blue steel Model 27. The Performance Center produced 100 4" revolvers. These are the new 8 shot design with the cylinder relieved for full moon clips and chamfered charge holes. The grips take the round butt frame back to the old square butt format. 

100 6 1/2" Model 27s were produced at the same time. These both have the same serial number. Checkered top-straps and partridge target sights bring back that old feel. The PC action job includes a trigger stop and a ball detent lock-up in the crane. 

The first stainless steel variation of the big 45 ACP wheelgun was the Model 625. Called the 45 CAL MODEL OF 1988 it was soon replaced with the model of 1989 which is still in production to this day. The original model's roll marks were replaced with etched text. The quick draw front sight was replaced with a partridge. Exact production figures are not known.

This is a 625 V-comp from the S&W Performance Center cambered in 45 ACP and produced in 1999. The 3-port comp on the 4" barrel can be removed and replaced with a false muzzle. The un-fluted cylinder contains chamfered charge holes and benefits from the added strength of the ball-detent lock up and a special action job with trigger stop. This is built on a round butt frame and is wearing a pair of factory combat grips in Goncalvo Alves.

This is a 625 Hunter from the S&W Performance Center cambered in 45 Colt. 200 of these were produced in 1996. The frame is highly polished. The 6 1/2" slab sided barrel has a hidden weight system that allows the balance of the firearm to be changed. There is also an integral Weaver style mount and the barrel is Mag-na-ported. It has a special action job with trigger stop. This is built on a round butt frame and is wearing a pair of Hogue grips in Goncalvo Alves with a contrasting butt cap and white line spacer. Most of the production went to Germany, about 50 remained in the US. 

This is the 45 Colt 625 Lite Hunter from the S&W Performance Center. The 6 1/2" slab sided barrel has an integral Weaver style mount and is Mag-na-ported. There is an un-fluted cylinder and a special action job with trigger stop. This is built on a round butt frame and is wearing a pair of Hogue grips in Goncalvo Alves with a contrasting butt cap and white line spacer. This one is serial numbered CLT0045

This is a 657 Magnum Hunter from the S&W Performance Center. The 6 1/2" slab sided barrel has an integral Weaver style mount and is Mag-na-ported. There is an un-fluted cylinder and a special action job with trigger stop. This is built on a round butt frame and is wearing a pair of Hogue grips in Goncalvo Alves with a contrasting butt cap and white line spacer

This is a 657 Classic Hunter from S&W. The 6 1/2"  barrel has a full under lug. There is an un-fluted cylinder, Ed Brown cylinder release. This is from the first run and was produced with a square butt frame and is wearing a pair of Hogue grips in Brazilian Rosewood with a contrasting butt cap and white line spacer. 

This is a 657 Classic Hunter from S&Ws 2nd run. Very similar to the first run this one had a round butt frame and is wearing a pair of Hogue grips in Goncalvo Alves with a contrasting butt cap and white line spacer. A total of 2000 of the two designs were produced. 

The third run of Model 657s were named Classic Hunter II. Very similar to the second run this one adds a power port single chamber compensator just forward of the front sight. This one has it's factory supplied finger groove grips mounted. 500 were produced.

This is a 657 PC 2 5/8" Personal Defense Revolver from the S&W Performance Center, chambered in the powerful 41 Magnum. It has a pair of S&W smooth factory combat grips installed in place of the Hogue grips that it originally shipped with. 

Manufactured in 1986 this is one of Smith & Wesson's first big bore snubbies. This Model 657 is chambered for the powerful 41 magnum cartridge. It has a wide smooth trigger and a target hammer. This one has had rubber boot grips installed for maximum compactness.  

This is an Astra Terminator. One of the very early big bore snub nosed revolvers that were manufactured prior to S&W getting the idea to do some them selves. All of the Terminators that I have seen have been chambered for 44 Magnum, however this one is in 41 Magnum. 

A snub nosed powerhouse, this 3" Full Lug Model 29 was manufactured in 1989. There were 2,532 firearms produced. The factory supplied Pachmayr grips have been replaced with S&W smooth combat grips 

Before the manufacturers were producing large frame snub nosed revolvers custom gunsmiths like Austin Behlert were cutting the big bores down to 2 3/8" and reducing the grip frame to K-frame round butt dimensions. This is a blued Model 25 chambered for 45ACP. It utilizes full moon or half moon clips. These allow very fast reloads, much faster than with a speed loader. The revolver may be utilized with out clips by loading it with 45 Auto Rim ammunition.

Another Great Big Bore snubby is the 3" Model 610. This revolver has an unfluted cylinder and a bead blasted finish. Chambered for the powerful 10MM cartridge, 40 S&W ammunition can also be fired in it. This was a special run of 300 revolvers for Lew Horton in 1999.

This is a 3" Model 36 Chief's Special Target full lug, chambered in 38 Special. I have always liked the look of this little J-frame, almost like a baby 586. This was a special run in 1989. 615 were produced

The is a Model 60 Carry Comp from the Performance Center. The 3" barrel has a single port compensator just forward of the front sight. It was factory supplied with the ivory inlaid combat grips. 300 were produced in 1993 for Lew Horton.

This is a Model 640PC from the Performance Center. It is quad ported and shipped with a tritium night sight. Not to mention the Performance Center action job. The bead blasted stainless finish is great for carry purposes. 

This Chief's Special Target was a special run of Model 60s for one of the major distributors. It is a 2" barrel with adjustable sights. This one has rubber boot grips installed. 660 of these were made in 1986

The firearms pictured on this page are not actively being offered for sale.

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