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6 years 29 weeks ago, 3:23 PM

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S&W 41 Mag Model 57

Say, i can not find any info on the 41 mag S&W model 57. 57 for the year it came out. It was a police gun but to powerful for the women police to shoot. It was replaced by 10mm. Why come I cant find any info?

6 years 29 weeks ago, 3:32 PM

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smith model 57

i am readin this out of my book gun traders guide 28th edition caliber:41 mag six round cylinder,bbl. lengths:4-,6-,8.38-inch. weight:40 oz. (with 6-inch bbl.). micrometer click rear sight,ramp front.target grips of checkered Goncalo Alves. made 1964-93 model 57 w/ 4 or 6 inch bbl nib 376 ex 279 gd 196 model 57 w/ 8.63 inch bbl nib 397 ex 299 gd 217 model 57 w/ pinned bbl, recessed cylinder add 10%

6 years 29 weeks ago, 3:51 PM

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smith model 57

death did this info help you at all?

6 years 29 weeks ago, 6:50 AM

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Yes

Yes, but I can not find any for sale.

6 years 27 weeks ago, 2:30 PM

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NEW S&W 41 MAG 57

I have a brand new one that is still in the box. Was my dads and he passed away, was a policeman. I am told it is worth $ 1200.00... Do you know if thats true???

6 years 27 weeks ago, 2:37 PM

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price

the above info is out of a book that is a couple years old and givin as a guideline you need to find someone or a gunshop with The Blue Book of Gun Values this is the book that shops and pawnshops use it runs 30 bucks on www.cheaperthandirt.com

6 years 27 weeks ago, 7:22 PM

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Blue Book Of value

The blue book value of firearms, retail and what a gun or pawn shop sells them for has no relation. Just because a shop or retailer sells it for a certain price dosen't mean that;s what the gun is worth. Besides you'll never get the full value price for a firearm from any gun shop or retailer. They will give you below value and as used price than what it's actually woth. To get the full value of a firearm is to probably sell it a an quailty auction. The blue book gives you a full value of the firearm not the cost if you where to sell it. The value would be the highest dollar amount worth to any body interested.

6 years 27 weeks ago, 8:23 PM

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yes i do agree, like i said gunsbroker.com is an auction site. i could spend hours on that site

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6 years 27 weeks ago, 8:30 PM

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value guide line

this is where all prices start from like cabelas pawn shops gun shows the buyer price thing usually applies with highly collectible stuff like winchester 94's and german p38 ww2 pistols stuff of the 2000 dollar up range i see it at my buddies shop when people bring in collections to consign these guys sell used and do consignments and they repair they dont sell new guns

6 years 27 weeks ago, 3:53 PM

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S&W model 57 .41 mag

Cabela's is selling one new in box for $919.00

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6 years 27 weeks ago, 3:56 PM

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experience

it has been my experience that Cabela's prices are about 10 to 15 percent higher than anyone else either online or retail

6 years 27 weeks ago, 5:43 PM

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again try gunbroker.com, just look up the gun and sometimes you can see what they're going for in an auction

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6 years 24 weeks ago, 5:56 AM

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Model 57

I posted a review for this model and the article on it. Check it out to see if it helps anymore and I've heard that 57's can go for as low as 590 at gun shows and such.

3 years 42 weeks ago, 9:07 AM

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I have owned a Model 57 for almost 30 years. 4" Blued model. My all time favorite handgun. Hands down.
Extremely accurate with great knock down power. I have used it to hunt Whitetail Deer and Wild Boar and it has performed as expected.
S&W still makes the 57 and also the 657. Although not in any great numbers and finding a shop that stocks them is almost impossible. Usually have to order one and be prepared to wait a month or more for delivery. But the wait is well worth it.
I have sold guns for 25 years. Both in my own store for 16 years and now in super size affiliated store for the last 8 years. A gun shop cannot give you full value for a trade, pawn or buy. If they did, to make any profit off of it they would have to sell the gun for over any book value. And nobody buys guns for over the value. They come in a gunstore, see a used gun, whether unfired or not, and always say we are asking to much for a used gun. But they always want what their buddys say the gun is worth for trade.
Most shops use the BBoGV and the 80% listing for trade pricing. 60% for buying. If that is not enough then you always have the option of selling it online or to your buddies for full price.
Shops also use Gunbroker as a source of pricing. We check the blue book then compare with GB. If a certain gun is only bringing 500 dollars on gunbroker or somehwere near that mark I know that I cannot sell the gun for much more if at all so I won't put 450 in it. Not even 400. No matter what the blue book say's at that point. And it doesn't hurt my feelings if you decline the trade.
But back to the 57. It was developed for the San Fran CA PD and went to service in 1958. Recoils was an issue for men as well as the women as in 58 there were very very few women on patrol. And the 41 mag is definitely a recoil machine. But the 10 mm did not replace it. It did not come into production until the mid 1980's. The 57 was replaced soon after it entered service by the S&W 38Sp. Pretty much the standard police issue acroiss the country. I think the model 10 at that time was the bigger choice.
The 57 is great on the target range and even better in the field. A great backup gun for bear and boar. Not a good choice for a carry gun as it is large framed and heavy. Only drawback today is ammo. harder to find now than ever before and expensive. If you reload you will have to get some dies for it. If you don't, find a friend and get the dies for them. You will save money on the .41's that way. Not a good home defense gun. almost assured of pass throughs of many walls.
Hope you find one. You won't ever give it up. And by the way. The .41 is a great caliber. Don't forget the Ruger Blackhawk either. I have 2 of them and shoot them all often.

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