S&W Model 27-5 value question

Discussion in 'Revolvers' started by LPD5408, May 24, 2019.

  1. LPD5408

    LPD5408 Well-Known Member

    Nov 18, 2016
    B98A1DCD-415D-4D26-80BC-E8B33B04AD31.jpeg EF440F29-EBEA-4D93-A890-682A08D33768.jpeg DAEC3DE5-A59A-41AC-8117-6594EA499A1C.jpeg EA82F302-A2C6-425F-BACC-67122A7EEBDB.jpeg 4CA8D4E2-C984-4D8F-866C-8A5EBF7C3928.jpeg C9329ECF-44E5-46EB-B0E5-A59EFA774443.jpeg I am thinking about selling one of my revolvers. I know what I paid, but from talking to others I may have overpaid. I honestly do not know.

    Model 27-5
    3.5” barrel
    Square Butt
    Original box and papers
    I was told that it was never fired. I can not prove that 100%, but I believe it to be accurate. I have never fired it during my ownership. Dry fired it a very few times so there is a light turn ring.

    I purchased this revolver in 2014 not knowing much about S&W revolvers and their prices. I paid $1675 shipped and with FFL fees I believe I’m at $1700 total investment.

    Looking at sold guns online and S&W forums I am completely confused. Since it is not a shooter for me, have never been able to take it out of the house I am looking to sell.
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  2. SparkyAZ

    SparkyAZ It is a dry heat, right... Supporting Addict

    Sep 11, 2012
    Nice revolver, beautiful set of stocks. Find the right buyer and you may be able to get close to investment. These quality S&W revolvers have fared well in this current buyers market.
    Easy enough to tell if it has been fired or not just from a close inspection of the front of the cylinder and forcing cone surfaces. Tough to hide those blast marks.
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  3. mikegalway

    mikegalway CEO of DILLIGAF industries Supporting Addict

    Feb 23, 2014
    Beautiful revolver . Unfortunately the firearm market is down right now . If you don't need to sell it , don't . I see these in $1,200 range , but it's worth what someone is willing to pay .
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  4. BigJimP

    BigJimP Well-Known Member

    Mar 12, 2018
    In the larger photo...do you have rub marks or a couple of scratches on the left side of barrel ?? ( if you do, that really hurts value )/ or are they reflections ??

    Partly because its a dash 5 ....( the more desireable guns are dash 2's or earlier when cylinders were counter bored and barrels were pinned )... both of those went away in dash 3's...

    Value in my area ...for a blued 27-5 in a 3 1/2" is around $1,250 ...to $1,500 even with box & papers in unfired & NIB. If you have any significant scratches or rub marks on gun...it'll drop value at least $500 & make it very hard to sell ( $750 - $1,000 )....
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  5. LPD5408

    LPD5408 Well-Known Member

    Nov 18, 2016
    Smudges no scratches
  6. BigJimP

    BigJimP Well-Known Member

    Mar 12, 2018
    Good !! ---- but $1,250 to $1,500 I think right now is about the best you could hope for...( if it were a Nickel finish, it would be $100 to $200 higher ...just for your info )...

    With the values down, if it were mine -- I would shoot it and enjoy it. Even as great a gun as the model 27 is....I don't know if values will ever go back up where they were 5 or 6 yrs ago. 27's are my all time favorite revolvers ( one of the best in my collection is a 27-2. 4" Nickel ..that I really love ( I put 50 rds thru it yesterday ...! )..
  7. LPD5408

    LPD5408 Well-Known Member

    Nov 18, 2016
    Thanks. I still haven’t decided what I’m going to do. Knowing it’s estimated value I may trade for what I want or may put it back in the safe. Thanks for all of the replies.
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  8. Acroyer

    Acroyer Off my meds Supporting Addict

    Dec 16, 2015
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  9. LPD5408

    LPD5408 Well-Known Member

    Nov 18, 2016
    I am not a member there currently.
  10. Au Jus in Bello

    Au Jus in Bello Well-Known Member

    May 19, 2017
    A well-reputed dealer in high-quality collectible S&Ws presently has one of these for sale, listed as a perfect 100% new-in-box. They're asking $2500, though they're known to begin a touch on the high side and then negotiate. It's been sitting at least a few months.

    S&W only made 750 of 27-5 with 3.5" barrel, and that's either the last or one of the last dash iterations where the 3.5" was made at all, so some might consider it desirable.

    Firearm market's soft all the way around right now; if you must sell it, my guess is you might be able to break even (excluding inflation), but unless you find that one special buyer, I doubt you'll see much more.
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  11. Bloodhound

    Bloodhound Well-Known Member

    Apr 12, 2018
    That's a beautiful wheelgun, I'd have a heck of a time not handling, and shooting it! Collectors have far more willpower than I do, that's for sure.
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  12. LPD5408

    LPD5408 Well-Known Member

    Nov 18, 2016
    I have thought about shooting it several times, but for whatever reason I haven’t. There have been times when I grabbed it to only look at it and say not today. I believe one of the reasons is because I thought it was worth more than it is. I never thought it was paying for my daughters college tuition value but exactly what I paid maybe more. 2014 was a different time firearms wise. Thanks for the replies and I still haven’t made a decision
  13. ILED93

    ILED93 Well-Known Member

    Feb 17, 2017
    At the factory, Smith would have fired every other cylinder. They weren't cleaned after test firing prior to being shipped. If it were unfired (and hadn't been cleaned by a previous owner) there should be burn rings on three non-consecutive cylinders.
  14. Old Sea Dragon

    Old Sea Dragon Well-Known Member

    Feb 10, 2018
    It wants to be shot! I’ve been on both sides of uneven deals. Shoot it a bit, clean it carefully, and in the fullness of time you will be able to get your money back out of it. Or, you just might love it, and keep it forever.
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  15. Greenrunner

    Greenrunner Well-Known Member

    Dec 11, 2017
    If you are worried about getting your money out of the gun, I would not shoot it and I would try posting it on the S&W forum where there are dedicated S&W collectors. With an in-the-box, pristine blued old S&W like that, if it even shows a pronounced turn line the value will go down. I sold one of those in similar condition about 2 years ago for $1500, but it was a 27-2 and I sold it to a dedicated S&W collector (not on the forum but locally). I originally was going to carry and shoot it, but it was too beautiful to shoot.

    Or do what Old Sea Dragon says -- shoot it but plan on holding onto it for the long haul until those guns become harder and harder to come by.

    In any event, that is a beauty. They do not finish guns like that anymore.
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  16. shemeneto

    shemeneto Well-Known Member

    Nov 22, 2016
    Well that's one of my grail guns!! Stunningly beautiful revo.

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