It might have been that way from the factory, we'd need a more complete set of pictures to guess. None of my S&Ws are perfectly clocked frame-to-barrel, so it's not unheard off for one to be off a bit much.
I'm not a gunsmith and just guessing but if that is a threaded barrel and it's got a right hand thread, someone may have removed the barrel then over tightened it when they put it back on.
Is there any damage to the barrel or the frame from being in a vice? If nothing is visible that may be correctable by a competent smith. Might be as simple as a small washer to shim the barrel to get it to line up the barrel with the frame.
I'm guessing your front sight is off to the left
That was typical of Colt revolvers at one time. That's the reason that I didn't like the Python. The barrels were not pinned and tended to unscrew after a while. When they were screwed back, they almost always went past center. Sad, but the fix is not simple.
Totally agree. A while back is was in the market for a Ruger .357 because by Security Six was stolen years ago. I was told that the new version was the GP100 was accurate if I recall the model number correctly. I went to the gun shop I frequented and they had a security six and a GP100. I cocked the hammers back on the both and cylinder on the security six was stayed locked in place, while the GP100 had some slop in the cylinder lockup. I went to about 4-5 gun shops and checked and sure enough when i pulled back the hammer on a GP100, I could move the cylinder slightly. DIDN'T like that. I ended up gettingt myself a lightly used Security Six and called it a day.. saved money and got a better engineered weapon IMO.. BIG CORPORATE AMERICA NEEDS TO STOP PUTTING OUT CRAP IF THEY WANT US TO BUY AMERICAN.Like a lot of things you buy these days - the final quality control check is done by the purchaser. If the purchaser doesn't grizzle then it passed - if the purchaser does grizzle then we'll fix it - or send him a new one with the old serial number engraved on it.
Beginning with the 29-3 Smith & Wesson stopped using threaded and pinned barrels in favor of “crush fit barrels. So in the case of the gun in the photo the barrel was not fully aligned with the frame when it was pressed into place