One of the best no-frills 357s, ever

Popular enough to remain in S&W’s catalog for over 30 years, the utility Model 28 Highway Patrolman .357 Magnum was capable of working back to back shifts.

Introduced in early 1954, the big double-action duty revolver was based on Smith’s popular N-framed Model 27 but with a “working” finish designed to be more practical than attractive with a dull matte blue finish being standard.

Still, this “poor man’s Model 27” is a sleeper that may not have the flash of its older brother, but still delivers, and it is a model that is increasingly popping up on the radar with collectors.

In 1986, the year they were discontinued, these guns retailed for $299, Ray Bans not included.

More in my column at Guns.com

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