The Smith and Wesson model 627 is one of the company's most popular target revolvers. It's chambered for .357 magnum and .38 Special or .38 Special +P. It has an eight-round cylinder rather than the usual six. It's easily recognized by its tapered barrel shroud.
The sights on the 627 are target style, with the rear sight having micrometer click adjustments. The front sight blade is interchangeable, allowing you to fit the gun with just the right sight blade for your style.
The revolver has Hogue rubber grips with finger grooves, giving you a comfortable hold on the gun, and a consistent grip with your fingers in the grooves. The trigger is a smooth chrome finished target style, and is .312" wide for a firm, consistent finger placement. The hammer is different from most Smith and Wesson hammers, with the rear portion being half an inch wide for easy cocking.
The model 627 is all stainless with a satin finish.
The 627 has a rich history. For more about the revolver's history, click here.
Caliber: .357 Magnum®/.38 S&W Special
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In 1935, Smith and Wesson introduced the first revolver chambered for the new .357 Smith and Wesson Magnum. Initially it was called "the .357 magnum Registered Magnum", a name that was used for years before it received the model 27 designation. The Registered Magnum was considered to be almost a collector item. Each came with a certificate of authenticity, with the serial number on the certificate.
Despite the fact that 1935 was right in the middle of the Great Depression, and despite the Registered Magnum's relatively high price, the gun was an immediate hit. It was so successful that Smith and Wesson found themselves with a four-year waiting list for the gun.
In 1939, Smith and Wesson changed the name from "Registered Magnum" to ".357 Magnum". The gun was popular with police departments, not to mention the FBI. None other than General George Patton carried a model 27, shown in the photo on the right, with his favorite ivory grips engraved with his initials.
The model 27 spawned a number of variants from Smith and Wesson, most notably the models 19, 66, and 686. It was in the late 1990's that the company introduced the eight shot stainless steel variation, the model 627.
Smith and Wesson 627 Reviews:
5 out of 5
"I was weened on the S&W Combat Masterpiece revolvers as a USAF/SF & learned faith in the grand old Mark...the old N-frame M-27 being my favorite. Can't get enough of them!"
5 out of 5
Primary use: target shooting
"Very nice trigger pull in either single or double action. Very accurate and the large frame fits my hand to perfection."
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