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S&W Model 12 4" RB...

Posted: Wed Nov 14, 2007 11:17 am
by Stephen A. Camp
Hello. Being especially fond of the S&W Model 10 genre of revolvers, I picked up a very nice, very clean Model 12-3 recently. It came with no box and the owner advised that it had been carried none and fired little. Inspecting the inside of the frame behind the cylinder bears this out as there is hardly any marring to be seen.

Stocks are original and are serial numbered to the revolver. The action is smooth in both double and single.

The gun would pass as NIB...if it had a box, but the finish is not perfect. On the rear grip strap there is a tiny chip in the black anodized finish.

I have not yet shot the gun but will probably get around to it soon. This one will probably not be carried much if any. It is simply a variant of the Model 10 that I didn't own and a revolver that I find "classic and graceful" in design and simply wanted to own. I recall not buying one of these in the early '80's and while there were no major regrets, I am glad to have one in the safe now.

This one is marked Model 12-3 and has serial number 8D675XX.


Re: S&W Model 12 4" RB...

Posted: Fri Dec 28, 2007 6:35 pm
by Crosstimbers Okie
That's a beauty there! I have a Model 10 that looks just like it except it's a square butt. I would have to cut the hammer spur off, put some eagle Boot grips on it, load it with 158 gr LHPs, and slide it into a Done Hume. I carried mine for years before discovering Glock. The finish is surprisingly durable if you clean every two or three days with a CLP. Mine I inherited from my grandfather who acquired it new in the '60s. It still looks almost new.

Re: S&W Model 12 4" RB...

Posted: Fri Dec 28, 2007 8:55 pm
by Charles L. Cotton
Stephen, you're a master at finding excellent revolvers! This is another beautiful one.


Re: S&W Model 12 4" RB...

Posted: Sun Dec 30, 2007 12:28 am
by dustyb
My father has a 12-3 exactly like the one pictured, that he has had since the late 70's or early 80's, and that will most likely be mine one day. It also has hardly been fired at all. It has a few marks on the finish also, but is in good shape. I have read that it is not a good idea to fire +P ammunition in the Airweights because of their aluminum frames. Do you know anything about this?

Re: S&W Model 12 4" RB...

Posted: Sun Dec 30, 2007 1:06 am
by dustyb
Never mind my last post. Your article on "Shooting the S&W Model 12" answered all my questions.


Re: S&W Model 12 4" RB...

Posted: Sun Dec 30, 2007 2:57 am
by KBCraig
I just can't bring myself to like S&W revolvers from that era, despite their beauty. The ergonomics are horrible. When I hired on with this agency, we still had Model 10s (mostly 10-13s). I admit, they were beaters, and had not been treated with TLC. Still, a lack of TLC doesn't change the fact that someone with normal man-sized mitts has to draw his trigger finger back to an uncomfortable degree before the hammer falls on these revolvers.

But, that's a beauty, Steve. Congrats!

Re: S&W Model 12 4" RB...

Posted: Sun Dec 30, 2007 12:46 pm
by Crosstimbers Okie
Ahh, Kevin. Bill Jordan solved your problem with this "Trooper" grips.

Re: S&W Model 12 4" RB...

Posted: Tue Jan 01, 2008 9:05 pm
by ElGato
It's a Beauty and I may be the only one here that prefers the small grip's, but I grew up with gun's that had small grip's and a two finger hold with the base of the butt sitting on top of my curled up little finger feels and point's great for me. :fire
I love my K-frame's,