Smith & Wesson Model 27 / 28

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Both the Smith & Wesson Model 27 and the Model 28 were born from the original S&W Registered Magnum (introduced in 1935). The Smith & Wesson Model 27 was a finely crafted high gloss blued .357 Magnum revolver. Smith & Wesson later released the Model 28, also known as the "Highway Patrolman". These are essentially identical revolvers except the Model 28 was streamlined for lower cost but equal performance. The Model 28 was in production from 1954 through 1986. The Model 28 eliminated the expensive top strap checkering, target hammer, made only with a 4" and 6" barrel (in contrast to the 27's 3.5",5",6",6.5", and 8 3/4" barrel lengths) and had a matte blued finish. Other than that it is the identical gun. The high end Model 27 was favored amongst FBI and other federal law enforcement agencies well into the 1960s. The 'economy' Model 28 was favored among state and local law enforcement. The Stainless steel version of this gun is the Smith & Wesson Model 627


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Smith & Wesson Model 27

Smith & Wesson Model 27 with Patridge Sights - .357 Magnum. Note again the high gloss and checkering on the top strap on the frame and barrel.
Smith & Wesson Model 27 - .357 Magnum. This is one of the new models that S&W started making again a few years ago by popular demand. It can be identified by the high-gloss finish.
Smith & Wesson .357 Registered Magnum with 5" barrel.This particular Magnum, number 3,816, was one of 54 shipped to the State of Mississippi, Camp Shelby, Hattiesburg, Ms. to arm the first 53 members of the newly formed Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol which began on Monday morning June 20, 1938.It was shipped from the factory on June 2, 1938.
Smith & Wesson Model 27 with 4" barrel - .357 Magnum
S&W Model 27-2 with 6" barrel - .357 Magnum
S&W Model 27-2 with 3.5" barrel - .357 Magnum

Specifications

(1935 - Present)

  • Type: Revolver
  • Caliber(s): .357 Magnum, .38 Special
  • Weight: lbs ( kg)
  • Length: in ( cm)
  • Barrel length(s): 3.5 in, 4 in (10.2 cm), 6 in (15.2 cm), 8.4 in (21.4 cm), 10.6 in (27 cm)
  • Capacity: 6-round Cylinder
  • Fire Modes: SA/DA

The Smith & Wesson Model 27 revolver has been seen in the following films used by the following actors:

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
The Killers Lee Marvin Charlie Strom suppressed 1964
The Split Donald Sutherland Dave Negli Registered Magnum and Model 27; 3.5" barrel 1968
The Split Jim Brown McClain Registered Magnum; 3.5" barrel 1968
OSS 117: Mission for a Killer (Furia à Bahia pour OSS 117) Frederick Stafford Hubert Bonisseur 1970
Patton George C. Scott General George S. Patton Early Model 27 'Registered Magnum' variant, custom Ivory grips 1970
The Godfather Lenny Montana Luca Brasi Model 27 1972
The Outside Man Roy Scheider Lenny 3.5" barrel 1972
The Outside Man Jean-Louis Trintignant Lucien Bellon 3.5" barrel 1972
The Friends of Eddie Coyle Steven Keats Jackie Brown Model 27 1973
The Friends of Eddie Coyle Alex Rocco Jimmy Scalise Model 27 1973
The Seven-Ups Richard Lynch Moon Model 27 1973
The Friends of Eddie Coyle Robert Mitchum Eddie Coyle Model 27 1973
Mr. Majestyk Al Lettieri Frank Renda Model 27 1974
Telefon Charles Bronson Major Grigorij Borzov 4" barrel 1977
Rolling Thunder William Devane Major Charles Rane Both Model 27-2 & 28 1977
Contraband Fabio Testi Luca Di Ajello Model 27-2 with 3.5" barrel 1980
Choice of Arms Gérard Depardieu Mickey 4" barrel 1981
Choice of Arms Yves Montand Noel Durieux 4" barrel 1981
Year of the Dragon John Lone Joey Tai Model 27 1985
The Quiet Earth Alison Routledge Joanne Model 27 1985
Fletch Tim Matheson Alan Stanwyk Model 27 1985
The Emerald Forest A local man 6" barrel 1985
F/X Brian Dennehy Lt. McCarthy Model 27-2 1986
The Hitcher Rutger Hauer John Ryder Model 27/28 1986
Popeye Doyle Matthew Laurance Det. Parese 1986
Beverly Hills Cop II John Ashton Det. Sgt. John Taggart Model 27 1987
Operation Corned Beef Mireille Rufel Monique Garcia With 8 " barrel and sniper scope 1991
Bad Boys Tchéky Karyo Fouchet Model 27 1995
Dawn of the Dead Michael Kelly CJ Model 27 2004
The Second Wind (Le Deuxième Souffle) Eric Cantona Alban 4" barrel 2007
The Second Wind (Le Deuxième Souffle) Daniel Auteuil Gustave "Gu" Minda 4" barrel 2007
The Crazies Timothy Olyphant Sherrif Dutten Model 27 2010
The Crazies Joe Anderson Deputy Russell Clank Model 27 2010
The Crazies Radha Mitchell Judy Dutten Model 27 2010
El Infierno Joaquín Cosio Cochiloco 2010
Texas Killing Fields Jeffrey Dean Morgan Det. Brian Heigh 2011

Television

Show Title / Episode Actor Character Note Air Date
Doctor Who Model 27 2005-Present
Jericho Michael Gaston Gray Anderson Model 27 2006-2008
Inspector George Gently John Kavanagh Doyle "The Burning Man" (S01E01) 2008

Video Game

Game Title Appears as Note Release Date
Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven Model 27 2002
Vietcong 2 Model 27 2005
Call of Duty: World at War ".357 Magnum" Model 27 2008
Godfather II, The (VG) 2009
Mafia II "Magnum" Model 27 2010
L.A. Noire Model 27 2011


Smith & Wesson Model 28

Smith & Wesson Model 28 - .357 Magnum. Essentially the same gun as the Model 27, except for a non-checkered top strap and a less high polish blued finish.
Smith & Wesson Model 28 'Highway Patrolman' with 4" barrel - .357 Magnum

Specifications

(1954 - 1986)

  • Type: Revolver
  • Caliber(s): .357 Magnum, .38 Special
  • Weight: 2.56 lbs (1.16 kg)
  • Length: in ( cm)
  • Barrel length(s): 4 in (10.2 cm), 6 in (15.2 cm), 8.4 in (21.4 cm)
  • Capacity: 6-round Cylinder
  • Fire Modes: SA/DA

The Smith & Wesson Model 28 revolver has been seen in the following films used by the following actors:

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
OSS 117 - Double Agent (Niente rose per OSS 117) George Eastman Karas 1968
Charley Varrick Bank guard Model 28 1973
Lupin the Third: Strange Psychokinetic Strategy Kunie Tanaka Daisuke Jigen 1974
Shirô Itô Inspector Zenigata
The Sugarland Express William Atherton Clovis Poplin Model 28 Highway Patrolman 1974
The Enforcer John Mitchum Inspector Frank DiGiorgio Model 28 1976
Assault on Precinct 13 Austin Stoker CHP Lieutenant Ethan Bishop Model 28 1976
Laurie Zimmer Leigh
Street People (Gli esecutori) Roger Moore Ulysses 1976
Black Sunday Bekim Fehmiu Mohammed Fasil Model 28 Highway Patrolman 1977
Rolling Thunder William Devane Major Charles Rane 1977
Linda Haynes Linda Forchet
Every Which Way But Loose Two Cops Model 28 1978
Midnight Express Bo Hopkins Tex Model 28 1978
The Driver Bruce Dern The Detective Model 28 1978
The Gun (L'arma) Stefano Satta Flores Luigi Compagna 4" barrel 1978
The Warriors David Patrick Kelly Luther Model 28 1979
Borderline Charles Bronson U.S. Borderpatrolman Jeb Maynard Model 28 1980
Any Which Way You Can Highway Patrolmen Model 28 1980
Tenebre Giuliano Gemma Detective Giermani Model 28 1982
The Border Jack Nicholson Charlie Smith Model 28 Highway Patrolman 1982
Harvey Keitel Cat
Silent Rage Ron Silver Dr. Tom Halman 4" barrel 1982
Forced Vengeance Chuck Norris Josh Randall 4" barrel 1982
Various henchmen and robbers
The Dead Zone Tom Skerritt Sheriff Bannerman 4" barrel 1983
Nicholas Campbell Deputy Frank Dodd
Police Academy David Graf Eugene Tackleberry Model 28 1984
Flashpoint Kris Kristofferson Bobby Logan 1984
Treat Williams Ernie Wyatt
Exterminator 2 A thug 1984
Witness Danny Glover McFee Model 28 1985
Hold-Up Jean-Claude de Goros Inspector Fox Model 28 with 4" barrel 1985
F/X Bryan Brown Roland Tyler Model 28 1986
8 Million Ways to Die Tommy "Tiny" Lister Nose Guard 1986
No Way Out Pentagon police officers Model 28 1987
They Live Roddy Piper 'Nada' Model 28 1988
Tremors Fred Ward Earl Model 28 1990
South Central Glenn Plummer Bobby Model 28 1992
Snake Eater III: His Law Lorenzo Lamas "Soldier" Jack Kelly Model 28 1992
Rumpelstiltskin Ben Marley Deputy Joe Model 28 'Highway Patrolman' with 4" barrel 1995
Judith Drake Woman Deputy
Don Dowe Deputy Barnes
John Ducey Deputy Kalish
Patrick Massett Deputy Marley
Max Grodénchik Rumpelstiltskin
Ousaun Elam Car Jacker
Copycat Harry Connick Jr. Daryll Lee Cullum Model 28 Highway Patrolman 1995
Fargo Frances McDormand Marge Gunderson Model 28 1996
Harve Presnell Wade Gustafson
Heaven's Burning Russell Crowe Collin O'Brien Model 28 1997
Breakdown Rex Linn Sheriff Boyd Model 28 1997
Dance with the Devil Sheriff Ford's deputy 1997
Dead Silence (1997) Kim Coates Theodore 'Ted' Handy 1997
Commander Hamilton Mark Hamill Mike Hawkins 1998
Payback Mel Gibson Porter Model 28 1999
3000 Miles to Graceland Thomas Haden Church Deputy US Marshal Quigley 2001
Once Upon a Time in Mexico Enrique Iglesias Lorenzo Model 28 2003
Cash Truck Armored Car Guard 2004
Desperation Ron Perlman Collie Entragian Model 28 Highway Patrolman 2006
In the Electric Mist Pruitt Taylor Vince Lou Girard Model 28 2008
Jesse Stone: No Remorse Robbery suspect Model 28 2010
The A-Team A Henchman Model 28 Highway Patrolman 2010
Survival of the Dead . Distraught Husband Model 28 Highway Patrolman 2010

Television

Show Title Actor Character Note / Episode Air Date
Dragnet . L.A.P.D. Model 28 Highway Patrolman 1967-1970
Dempsey and Makepeace A Jewerly Robber "Mantrap" (S03E09) 1986
Crime Story Paul Butler Det. Walter Clemmons Model 28 Highway Patrolman 1986-1988
Ninja Sentai Kakuranger Kane Kosugi Jiraiya "American Ninja" 1994-1995
The X-Files - Season 4 Expedition member Babcock Model 28 with 4" barrel / "Gethsemane" (S4E24) 1997
The Stand Rob Lowe Nick Andros Model 28 Highway Patrolman 2004
Criminal Minds Model 28 with 4" barrel / "About Face" (S03E06), "Brothers In Arms" (S04E10) 2007-2008
The Blacklist James Spader Raymond Reddington "Leonard Caul (N. 62)" 2015

Anime

Title Character Note Date
New Dream Hunter Rem: The Knights Around Her Bed Ayanokouji Rem 1990


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