The Smith & Wesson Model 57 Classic is a modern version of the original 57 that was introduced in 1964. The Classic Model 57 was introduced by S&W at the 2009 SHOT Show.
Since that 2009 re-introduction, the available variations have narrowed on this classic wheelgun to one. If you enjoy collecting revolvers like this S&W 57, be sure to read my Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson review.
The original Model 57 was discontinued in 1993. There was a limited run of Model 57 revolvers in 2005 called Mountain Gun with a 4″ barrel, but they did not return in 2006.
Introduction of a Classic
At the 2009 SHOT Show, Smith & Wesson introduced the Model 57 Classic. The Classic 57 was offered in four variations: 4″ and 6″ in bright blue and 4″ and 6″ in bright nickel. All four variations featured color case hardened triggers and hammer spurs. All of the variations were made of fine carbon steel and held six rounds.
In addition to the beautiful metal colors, the revolvers featured the classic Smith & Wesson styling of the checkered square-butt walnut grips.
Sights were handled in the classic style as well: a pinned red ramp front sight and a micro-adjustable, white outline rear sight.
When I saw them at the SHOT Show, I said this:
I really love the styling of the classic S&W revolvers and these look great. The only thing I absolutely dislike about them: the internal safety lock. If Smith and Wesson would make these WITHOUT the lock, I would order a 4″ blue model 57 as soon as my dealer opened shop tomorrow!
Many S&W fans had similar sentiments about the internal locks on the Model 57 Classic and other revolvers that the company was making.
At the time of introduction, the MSRP ranged from $1,067 to $1,130 depending on finish and barrel length.
At the time of this update, there is only one variation of the Model 57 Classic left in the company’s catalog. It has a 6″ barrel and a blued finish. The nickel finished revolvers are no longer available, nor is the 4″ blued.
Price of the Model 57
Over the years, Smith & Wesson varied the MSRP of the Model 57. At the time of this update, the revolver’s full retail value is $1,078.
Some people ask why revolvers cost more than semi-automatic pistols like the M&P. Frankly, revolvers are harder to build. A gun like the M&P or Shield can be mass produced due to advances in polymer and milling technologies.
Conversely, the fine fitting of parts inside a revolver need a human touch. That touch comes with a price tag. To me, the Model 57 is worth the money, but your mileage may vary.
Smith & Wesson 57 Specifications
Here are the specs on the modern Model 57:
|Front Sight||pinned, red ramp|
|Rear Sight||micro-adjustable, white outline|
|Stocks||checkered walnut, square butt|
|MSRP (updated 3/31/2022)||$1,078|
What Frame is the S&W Model 57 Built On?
The model 57 is built on the large N frame. Beefier than both the K and L frames, the N frame promises a lifetime of shooting – even with heavy handloads.
Updated: March 31, 2022