Produced in very limited quantities in 2000, the Smith & Wesson Model 27-7 has several features that distinguish it from other Model 27 revolvers made before or since. The 27-7 was special ordered from S&W by the sporting goods distributor Bangers. Each revolver was custom built by the S&W Performance Center (PC) and wears their emblem instead of the normal Smith & Wesson logo. Each revolver was hand assembled and tuned, and delivered in a PC carry case. The 27-7 was limited to only 200 copies ever made, 100 each with 4-inch and 6.5 inch barrels. Produced in a special serial number range, all had a high polish blue finish, a round butt grip frame and square butt conversion target stocks. The Model 27-7 was the first 27 produced as an 8-shot capacity revolver and could be loaded conventionally or with special moon clips. The 27-7 also has the distinction of being the only 8-shot Model 27 ever made without the safety lock.
The Sig Sauer P228 was a smaller variant of the company’s full-size service pistol, the P226, and known for its fine handling qualities and concealability. The pistol was in regular production from 1988 until 2005, and then produced intermittently and in limited quantities after that. Production ceased for good in 2013. Unlike the P226, the P228 was only produced in one caliber, 9×19mm Parabellum. The pistol was manufactured completely in Germany until 1999, but beginning in 2000 the gun’s parts were made in Germany and assembled in the US. A small number of later ones were also built with US made frames. Towards the end of production Sig even offered a version with an accessory rail. The example shown is an earlier all-German made model from 1994 when the slides were still being marked with their original “MADE IN W. GERMANY” rollmarks.
The Smith & Wesson 4505 was the blue steel variation of the company’s full-sized stainless steel .45 Auto, the 4506. Both pistols featured the rugged new S&W “Third Generation” design with 5-Inch barrel, DA/SA trigger, eight shot magazine and a recoil-absorbing heft of 41 ounces. While the 4506 remained in production from 1988-1999 the 4505 was just produced one year, 1991. Only approximately 1200 of the blued models were made and it is estimated that less than a third featured the factory adjustable sights as pictured on this gun.