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I’m not the original owner of this 3-1/2”-barreled 27-2; far from it, I suspect. It’s been used and carried quite a bit by the looks of it. The pictures don’t reveal much, but the gun has a lot of wear and what I believe are “honest,” hard-won knocks on it.

It came to me with no grips by my choice. The seller had a set of stylish grips that weren’t to my liking. I have some factory targets for this frame and also had a set of Eagle Secret Service stocks. What I would REALLY like would be something from the late Deacon Deacon or Blu Magnum grips; alas, Tedd Adamovich of Blu Magnum has now also passed, so we shall see what becomes of that enterprise.

In the meantime, while not the most aesthetically-pleasing, these Pachmayr Grippers feel quite nice and help keep me shooting true at reasonable speed, drawing from concealment and firing out to 10-ish yards or so.

The gunleather is from one of my more recent favorite makers, Barranti Leather. The holster is their CCR OWB holster. Also shown is a brace of their Triple Deuce 2x2x2 ammo carriers.

I know - speedloaders and even speedstrips would arguably be “better” than reloading two at a time. I practice this way a lot and, frankly…I guess I’m just becoming a Fudd about this haha. I admit, I like not being reliant on a separate device (speedloader, strip, etc.) with this gun and those like it.

Not shown is my sturdy gunbelt from A&G Gunleather. I’m a fan of theirs, too, and rotate several of their belts in my wardrobe. Also not shown is a S&W 642 that almost always accompanies me in a pocket holster - perhaps a separate post on that sometime.

I’ve had the knife a few years. It’s the fixed-blade Pocket Drop model from Kistner Knives, carried handily in their horizontal Kydex sheath.

Wait a minute - Kydex?! Perhaps I’m not quite the Fudd I’ve self-identified as LOL! Big Grin

Anyway, enough blather and on to the pics. It all carries quite nicely together.













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Nice setup.
Do you carry the ammo carriers on your left side (like the police drop box carriers)?
At what position do you carry the knife?

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Nice setup.
Do you carry the ammo carriers on your left side (like the police drop box carriers)?
At what position do you carry the knife?

PC


Thank you! I carry the ammo at the strong-side front of the belt. If possible I’ll put the pouches side by side; however, with jeans, that impedes reaching the 642 in the pocket holster. In that case, I’ll put the second pouch actually behind the holster. The knife goes weak side front, pointing toward and touching (or almost so) the belt buckle.



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Is that the same 27-2 you shot in the postal match a few weeks back? That's just an awesome gun. I'm a big fan of revolvers in the 2.75-3.5" barrel lengths...it's such a practical size for belt carry. And it's even cooler that it's an N-Frame with a short barrel, as you don't see those very often.

I agree the wear gives it some honest character, and just proves that it actually gets used. I'd rather have a gun like that than a spotless safe-queen that I'm afraid to take out of the box!
 
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Is that the same 27-2 you shot in the postal match a few weeks back? That's just an awesome gun. I'm a big fan of revolvers in the 2.75-3.5" barrel lengths...it's such a practical size for belt carry. And it's even cooler that it's an N-Frame with a short barrel, as you don't see those very often.

I agree the wear gives it some honest character, and just proves that it actually gets used. I'd rather have a gun like that than a spotless safe-queen that I'm afraid to take out of the box!



Hey, man, indeed, this is the same one!



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Wow.

I didn't think that Smith & Wesson offered the Model 29 with a 3 1/2" barrel until Lew Horton requested that configuration for an special order (I believe in 1983). And that was a 29-3. That model didn't have a pinned barrel and yours clearly does.

Is it a factory 3 1/2" barreled pistol or was it re-barreled? Also is it a round or square butt?

If round butt I would think a nice pair of combat stocks would look appropriate.

Very nice. Thanks for sharing this!


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^^ Greetings and thank you - no, this one’s all “factory” with the 3-1/2” barrel. It has a square-butt frame.

Just to confirm, though - this one’s a 27-2, not in the 29 family.



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Recently switched computers, so there's a few images missing, but if I had them they would be a 4" 27-3 and a 5" 27-2.

The 4" came with a 357-44 cylinder for which I have not yet loaded for. I got a new side plate without the 357-44 markings and a 357 cylinder for it. So, it's a convertible of sorts.

S&W put their best foot forward on the 27!

Congrats on the 3.5". Beautiful balance and lines!
 
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^^ Thank you, and that .357-44 cylinder sounds very cool!

I agree with you re: the 27. I have a 5” 27-2, also, and it’s so much fun to shoot.



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Got it! When I saw it I immediately thought Lew Horton 29-3 with the combat stocks. So I erroneously locked my brain into a .44mag mindset. But this makes much more sense. S&W of course made a 3.5" barreled N frame in .357mag in the beautiful 27-2. But not the 29-2.

I have always wanted a 27-2 like yours, but those early short barreled N frames are thin on the ground for the most part.

Thank you for sharing it!


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^^ No worries and thank you!



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This is my father-in-law's pre model 27 and the holster he had for it. I don't know who made the holster, but it is very nicely made with a soft and smooth lining. It might have been made in Mexico as he was stationed in Del Rio at Laughlin AFB at that time. Or maybe San Antonio as the nearest big city.





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^^ Oh, wow - both the gun and the holster look great!

Is that a 5-inch barrel?
 
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Is that a 5-inch barrel?


Yes. The odd length barrels are the best-looking.




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^^ I agree!

My 5” and 3-1/2” after a range session, lounging for a photo op haha…




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