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Smith & Wesson Model 627: The Best .357 Magnum You Can Get?

Smith & Wesson Model 627
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Smith & Wesson Model 627, What You Need to Know: Smith & Wesson is one of the most well-known American gun manufacturers in business today — and it’s not hard to see why.

With a company history that stretches back nearly 170 years, they’ve established themselves as one of the United States’ high-quality gun manufacturers. And though revolvers are not the newest of gun designs for sure, Smith & Wesson’s revolvers are some of the best.

In particular, Smith & Wesson Model 627 is a particularly potent design.

Smith & Wesson Model 627,  A Short History

The revolver is based on S&W’s N-Frame, a large frame size that is designed to better handle magnum cartridges like the .357 Magnum as well as the .41 Magnum, .44 Magnum, .45 Colt, and 10mm cartridge. But despite chambering large magnum cartridges, the Model 627 benefits from a very large-capacity cylinder — which can hold an astounding eight .357 Magnum cartridges.

For those who just want to plink, need some target practice, or would prefer reduced-recoil shooting, the Model 627 can also chamber the .38 Special, a shorter cartridge with a bullet dimensionally identical to the .357 Magnum but with significantly less recoil.

Several Model 627 variants are produced that differ somewhat. The smallest of the 627s comes with a stubby 2.625-inch barrel, though 4- and 5-inch barrels are also available.

Depending on which Model 627 is selected, a variety of grips are also available, including wooden grips with finger grooves as well as form-fitting rubber grips that would provide a better tactile surface than checkered wooden grips.

The revolvers are part of Smith & Wesson’s Performance Center lineup, a special category of precision firearms that are superior to stock configuration. “Completing the line between main production and the Performance Center, the Smith & Wesson Pro Series represents the next step from standard models,” the Model 627 page reads. “These firearms are offered with a variety of enhancements yet still remain true to “stock.” Bringing competition specifications and features to factory models, the Pro Series offer that ready-to-go package while still maintaining production line integrity.”

The Model 627 is not exactly a cheap revolver though — depending on the configuration, prices range from a bit over $1,000 to nearly $1,600.

A Worldclass Revolver 

Smith & Wesson has thought through every aspect of the Model 627 — not a surprise considering how long the company has been in the business. For those looking for a high-capacity .357 magnum revolver, the Model 627 is a solid choice, in both snub-nosed and 4- and 5-inch variants, and further proof of Smith & Wesson’s gunsmithing experience and expertise.

Caleb Larson is a Defense Writer based in Europe. He holds a Master of Public Policy and covers U.S. and Russian security, European defense issues, and German politics and culture.

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Caleb Larson, a defense journalist based in Europe and holds a Master of Public Policy degree from the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy. He lives in Berlin and writes on U.S. and Russian foreign and defense policy, German politics and culture.

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