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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