357 Registered Magnum Turns Up in OK

Admittedly I am pretty hard on gun forums. Why? Because when there isn’t something constructive or positive to talk about, they tend to spend their time finding reasons to whack each other. So my policy has always been…to only visit a forum if I have a specific piece of information I am looking for.

357 registered magnum LEO Gun Oklahoma.

357 registered magnum LEO Gun Oklahoma.

Well…here is a great example of that. A guy popped up on the S&W forum posting photos of an old revolver that belonged to his grandfather. The story is the old man was a cop in Southern Oklahoma back in the 1930’s.

357 registered magnum LEO Gun Oklahoma.

357 registered magnum LEO Gun Oklahoma.

Well…well…well…unbeknownst to him, pop’s old work gun turned out to be a very, very rare model of S&W revolver known as The Registered Magnum with an estimated value of $5000. I don’t claim to know too much about these revolvers other than they are the first 357’s ever made (by S&W?) and were by special order. Hence they didn’t have a model number associated with them. That didn’t come about until much later when the 357 was a standard cataloged item.

The word is the grandfather carried a 38 most days, but when things got really hairy such as a prison break or fugitive hunt, he broke out the big gun. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Registered Mag top. Daily duty revolver bottom. 1930's

Registered Mag top. Daily duty revolver bottom. 1930’s

Finally, the grips are interesting as well. I think they look cool. The people who know about such things say it is a very early form of plastic that has become quite collectable in it’s own right. Who knew?

357 registered magnum LEO Gun Oklahoma.

357 registered magnum LEO Gun Oklahoma.

These kinds of posts are the only redeeming factor of most forums. Generally speekimg, every single one of them devolve into the elite vs the unwashed masses trope. Bashing each other instead of actually shooting.

Enjoy the pics.

 

 

 

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  • Gary Tompkins

    I like the pictures and the post even though I’m more a pistol guy than revolver guy. Nice story.

  • MickeyG

    Stunning weapon ! Wish it were mine.

    • It’s a cool gun. I like grips quite a bit. I have been known to out crazy grips on 1911’s in my day.

      Marky

  • Mikial

    Very cool. There used to be so many very interesting guns made by obscure manufacturers, or in the case of Sears and Montgomery Ward and others, made by well known manufacturers to be what would now be called a “generic” brand.

    • Brennen Munro

      Hi Mikial, I ended up getting a 22/45 Lite, and my wife loves it! I kind of went all out and changed out some of the internals, changing out the trigger, mag disconnect, slide-release, and such. We now have a tricked out shooter for 22cal competitions! Maybe Marky will let me post pictures of it sometime. Thanks for your input on getting one!

      Munro

      • Post away.

        Marky

        • Brennen Munro

          Thanks Marky! I will try to get this done in the next day or so.

          Munro

      • Mikial

        Great choice, Brennen.

        Our 22/45 is my wife’s warm-up gun every time we go to the range, and she is very accurate with it. I originally bought it quite a few years ago for indoor USPSA shoots and it is a great gun. The only thing I have done to mine is add some Lucite sights to get better visibility in indoor range conditions.

        I saw recently that Ruger is releasing a new generation with a simplified take-down procedure. Definitely on my “Want list” for Christmas.

  • Brennen Munro

    I have been thinking of getting a revolver but do not want to start collecting another caliber, so I have been thinking about one of the Charter Arms “Pitbull” models in 9mm. If I had a family heirloom like this, then there would be no question about having another caliber! Nice gun, thanks for sharing it with us!

    Munro

    • A couple things to consider is the j-frame sized 9mm revolvers have some peculator attributes. One, the 9mm is much higher pressure round than the 38. So they tend to not be much fun to shoot. Two, because 9mm’s are generally fired in automatics with less perceived recoil transmitting to the frame, sometimes 9mm rounds will walk out of their cases in small revolvers. Not often, but if it does, it can jam the revolver. Third, if you choose one with moon clips, they can be fragile.

      Marky

      • Brennen Munro

        Things I did not know, thank you! I really do not want to get one if it is unpleasant to shoot, I will see if I can find one to try out. The “Pitbull” models do not use moon-clips, that is one of the reasons I was interested, but did not know to consider these other things.

        Munro

  • guns2317

    “So my policy has always been…to only visit a forum if I have a specific piece of information I am looking for.”

    Boy, do I ever agree with this statement. Gun forums are depressing places to visit, the amount of bashing that goes on because someone uses Brand X, or put Accessory Y on their gun, or whatnot, is unreal. Considering the relentless attack our 2nd Amm rights are constantly under one would think we should band together and not attack one another the way I see people act on the gun forums.

    Cool story about that .357, wish I could have gotten an heirloom like that. Neat gun and reminds me I need to add a .357 to the safe.

  • Conner

    Yes, as I’ve mentioned before, going into some of these gun forums which I do no longer is like listening to 10 year olds. That’s why I’m here as a matter of fact. No different then going to any MSN comments section. It used to be that we always respected another mans choice. Any who, I personally don’t care for bobbed hammers but your picture her Marky is like a post card. Two beauties I’d love to own!