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Old 02-13-2010, 04:43 PM   #1
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A friend of mine had this on his table at the Hattiesburg Gun Show this morning, and I couldn't pass it up. This one dates to 1956, which means it's a 5-screw, and while the photo doesn't do it justice, it's in at least 95% condition, including the magna grips numbered to the gun.



I had to make sure it works, so I took some hot .38 Spl. handloads out and tried it, just to make sure. It works.



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Old 02-13-2010, 04:49 PM   #2
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LelandRay,



What a great catch! Always wanted one of the .38/44's, but have never run across one, let alone one in such beautiful condition!



Congrats! Of course we will await the range report...



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Old 02-13-2010, 04:56 PM   #3
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Excellent find! Congratulations.
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Old 02-13-2010, 05:56 PM   #4
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I have owned both the 38/44 Heavy Duty and the 38/44 Outdoorsman. Both were five screw long action models. And both of them had the shroud for the ejector rod like most of the N frame revolvers did. The revolver in the photo does not have this shroud which makes me curious why it is referred to as a 38/44 model.





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Old 02-13-2010, 06:48 PM   #5
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Howdy Mr. Leland,



Congrats sir on your newest lady, and as Mr. Wes noted your range report is mandatory now, lol.



You never cease to amaze me at what you manage to find. Each time you do, you remind me I need to hit some gun shows and pawn shops. There is no telling what I might actually stumble into if I did.



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Old 02-13-2010, 07:18 PM   #6
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That surely is a fine looking revolver. Great find.
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Old 02-13-2010, 07:22 PM   #7
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LelandRay,



NICE, you sure do find some fine treasures out there, this one makes my heart go pitter patter with envy.





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Old 02-13-2010, 08:08 PM   #8
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Now that is a serious revolver. So glad that it has found a good home. --c
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Old 02-13-2010, 08:51 PM   #9
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Hello. I really like your revolver. A senior officer back when I began my police career carried just such a revolver and did so for many years thereafter until a problem back (OTJ injury) "helped" him decide to go with an S&W Model 10 HB. Though most of the blue on "Mighty Murl's" 38-44 was a memory, the thing always worked at qualifications so far as I knew. I shot it a time or two and the fixed sights were dead-bang "on" at 25 yards on a then-standard B-27 target using 158-gr. loads, be they standard or hotter. Recoil was a peach.



Murl has since crossed the river and I have no idea what became of that revolver.



Enjoy your S&W and thanks for letting us see it.



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I have owned both the 38/44 Heavy Duty and the 38/44 Outdoorsman. Both were five screw long action models. And both of them had the shroud for the ejector rod like most of the N frame revolvers did. The revolver in the photo does not have this shroud which makes me curious why it is referred to as a 38/44 model.





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Good question. To be honest, I was so excited that I bought it without thinking about the lacking shroud.



But it turns out that a few were shipped with plain barrels. I'm not yet sure of the reason, but other than this one I have verified one other with a serial number only 16 off from mine. Officially this would be the 38/44 Model of 1950. Also, it's in bright blue instead of matte finish, like most of the HD's.



In a word, this one is an oddball, but it's all factory original, whether from a special order, an experiment, or simply some accident. But this is not the only one configured like this.



If there are only two, however, the price is going to go up proportional to the rarity. :-)
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