Here’s a cool Christmas story from the annals of Reddit.
Reddit user u/ardtanker312 says, “When I was 9 years old, my grandfather taught me how to shoot with his police issued Smith & Wesson Model 28-2. For Christmas, he presented me with that same revolver.”
He goes on to write, “This is my new (to me) Smith and Wesson Model 28-2 Highway Patrolman. It was carried by my Grandfather during the last half of his career as a NJ Police Officer, before he was issued a Beretta.
“Consequently, this was also the handgun I learned to shoot on. For Christmas my grandfather gave me this revolver, and it will remain in my family for generations to come.
“Behind it are some of his patches, insignia, and awards, with the name of the town scribbled out. Although my grandfather is retired from that department, I removed the town’s name out of respect for any new social media policies that department may have.”
The S&W Model 28 is a descendant of the Model 27, but it’s odd in that S&W didn’t add features to create the 28, but rather removed them.
It’s a .357 Magnum, double action blued revolver with a six-round cylinder and adjustable rear sights. It was made with a 4- or 6-inch barrel, though a very few were made with 8-3/8-inch barrels.
The Model 27, which itself came from the Smith & Wesson Registered Magnum revolver, had a high-polish finish and labor-intensive topstrap checkering, which add expense.
In the late 40s and early 50s, S&W was the only American gun company making a .357 Mag revolver.
The Model 27 was more of a deluxe model, and so, police departments and civilians petitioned S&W to make a more utilitarian and affordable .357 magnum revolver.
S&W answered with the Highway Patrolman revolver, which was renamed the Model 28 in 1957.
While more affordable, the Model 28 is mechanically the same as the 27.
The 28 was in production from 1954 to 1986 and was carried by a lot of law enforcement officers, including members of the Florida Highway Patrol; the Georgian, Idaho, Maine and New York state police; the San Francisco Police Department; Texas Department of Public Safety; the U.S. Border Patrol; and the Washington State Patrol.