Smith & Wesson 57 8 3/8″ .41 Mag Revolver MFD 1980

Smith & Wesson 57 8 3/8" .41 Mag Revolver MFD 1980

Smith & Wesson 57 8 3/8″ .41 Mag Revolver MFD 1980


SOLD FOR: $1,000.88
LSB#: 
190425KM07

Make: Smith & Wesson

Model: 57, The .41 Magnum Target

Serial Number: N746327

Year of Manufacture: 1980

Caliber: .41 Remington Magnum

Action Type: Single or Double Action Revolver with Swing-Out Cylinder

Markings: The left of the barrel is marked “SMITH & WESSON”, the right is marked “41 MAGNUM”. The sideplate is marked with the S&W monogram logo and the right of the frame is marked with the four-line marcas registradas address. The crane-cut is marked with the serial and model number, the butt is marked with the serial number. The crane and sides of the grip frame have inspection marks.

Barrel Length: 8 3/8″, Pinned

Sights / Optics: The front sight is a serrated ramped blade with red insert fixed to the rib on the barrel. The rear sight is a flat-topped white outlined square notch screwed to the top strap. The target sight is adjustable for elevation and windage. The top of the barrel rib and top strap have a matte finish to reduce glare and the top of the barrel rib and the base of the rear sight is also serrated.

Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece over-size checkered wood panels with S&W medallions. The grips have a few light marks on their bottom faces and at the bottom-front. Otherwise, the grips show only light handling marks. The checkering is sharp. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in about Fine-Excellent condition.

Type of Finish: Blued

Finish Originality: Original

Bore Condition: The bore is bright with sharp rifling. There is no erosion in the bore.

Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 97% of its metal finish. The cylinder has a thin, faint turn line, not through the finish. There is a file mark on the rear face of the barrel at the bottom. Otherwise, there are only light handling marks. The hammer knurling, trigger serrations and the screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this handgun rates in Excellent condition.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The cylinder lockup shows almost no play with the trigger depressed. The double action trigger is smooth and the single action trigger is crisp. We did not fire this handgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.

Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None.

Our Assessment: This is a S&W Model 57 .41 Magnum Target revolver. It has an 8 3/8” barrel, a blued finish, adjustable target sights, target hammer, target trigger and over-sized checkered wood grips. The .41 Rem. Mag. was conceived by Elmer Keith and was originally intended for hunting and law enforcement use. He envisioned two different loads: a hot load for hunting and a milder police load. When used with heavy hunting loads, the .41 Magnum offers a flatter trajectory than the .44 Magnum, and can nearly equal its muzzle energy, especially in the new loadings available from Cor-Bon and Buffalo Bore. The .41 Magnum never caught on to the same extent as the smaller .357 or larger .44 Magnum, making these revolvers more scarce than the Models 27 and 29. One in this high condition is even more rare. This particular example, with its long 8 3/8″ barrel, would be particularly well suited for a handgun hunter or silhouette shooter. Please see our photos and good luck!

CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This handgun CANNOT be transferred as a dealer sale in California. This handgun CAN be sold as a Private Party Transfer (PPT) at our Simi Valley shop. All cartridge firing handguns (even C&R’s and antiques) sold to a California resident must be DROS’d. This does not apply to out of state residents.