A Nurse with a Gun

Saturday, February 09, 2008

Smith & Wesson Classics

In their new catalog, I see that CDNN is already beginning to liqidate the Smith & Wesson Classics.

If you call, they will give you a price. The only one I have held was a nickel Model 22, M1917 at the last gun show. It was rather nice. The seller, Larry, only wanted $750, but I could not get past the lock and the fact that I could get a real classic Model of 1917 in pretty darned good shape for that. I wonder what CDNN is selling them for.....

I might call.........

Nah, they have a lock and I'm a curmudgeon.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, on the locks I share your feelings and I'd probably not buy a new S&W revolver for that reason alone. I say "probably" because I wouldn't buy a new revolver from them for another reason: the trigger weight on new guns.

Circa 2001, I bought a new Performance Center 625-2 V-comp 8-shots. Beautiful piece, and not cheap (around $850 if memory serves). It came with a 10-lbs trigger. Now, this was after supposedly S&W was not at the Clintonistas beck and call anymore. All was fine and the

I called the Perf Center. Guy was very nice but "Sorry it's there for legal reason, nothing we can do". So they wouldn't fix the trigger, even for a price.

So you buy an expensive well-balanced piece ("Performance Center", no less) and one of the very first things that you have to do is hunt for a smith to fix the trigger.

That would be like buying a 100K BMW automobile and having to put a new set of tires on it at your expense because the factory sells them with undersized tires so that you can’t do in excess of 40mph.

I occasionally peruse the guns forums and there is a lot of grumbling about the locks, but nobody complains about the factory triggers ever. And any questions about it are studiously ignored or dismissed. So maybe it’s just me.... But next time I buy a S&W with a 10-lbs trigger, it’ll be used and priced at a point where I won’t feel like a sucker having to pay a gunsmith to work on it.

11:52 AM  
Blogger Less said...

Forget smith and wesson... I'm looking for a MR73 next...

No lock, classic style, better frame...

What I don't get is that their semi-autos are/can be lock free, but to do the same to the revolvers involves "creative dremel" usage...

12:47 AM  
Blogger mike said...

Am I the only one annoyed by CDNNs policy of not publishing the prices on their handguns anymore? The last few catalogs I got from them didn't have the prices, either.

10:43 AM  
Blogger Carl H said...

Thanks for the curmudgeonly heads up. I've been waiting for a good price on a Model 22. Ordered a blued model today from CDNN at about half of MSRP. I'm a happy camper.

5:48 PM  
Blogger Tam said...

"It came with a 10-lbs trigger. Now, this was after supposedly S&W was not at the Clintonistas beck and call anymore."

The trigger pull issue is due to the state of MA, not the "Clintonistas".


RE: The S&W "Classics". I bought a Model 21TR because you just can't find a vintage 21 for less than the GDP of Ecuador, and to then have it round-butted for CCW use would get you lynched by the S&WCA. Other reproductions of more commonly available guns leave me scratching my head, however...

11:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"It came with a 10-lbs trigger. Now, this was after supposedly S&W was not at the Clintonistas beck and call anymore."

"The trigger pull issue is due to the state of MA, not the "Clintonistas"."

I'm the original poster. I believe your explanation, and I stand corrected. But that way the entire business makes even less sense ;-)

And I still won't buy a new S&W. Gun-rights and all that aside, it's like any other business that treats you shabby. Do it to me once, shame on me do it to me twice etc etc..

Incidently it's nice to be able to post about this without being shouted down. This has been much appreciated.

10:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's see:

1. Locks.
2. Messed up/heavy triggers.
3. ??

I guess they're NOT really CLASSICS are they?

What a blunder by S&W. Come out with a product. Call it a "classic". Then load it up with "features" or dumb it down with a heavy trigger so that people can CLEARLY see how the products have gone downhill and long for the day of the CLASSICS. Yup. Brilliant move by S&W.

And this comes from one who owns several REAL classics but NOT ONE S&W with a lock or of recent vintage.

It's a real shame.

12:57 PM  

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