38. Ultra-Rare Smith & Wesson 44 Hand Ejector 4th Model Target Revolver

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serial #S97870, 44 Special, rare 3 1/2" factory barrel with an excellent bore. This early 1950's made pre-model 24, revolver was shipped from the factory with this very rare barrel length. The metal surfaces retain about 90% original blue with backstrap thinning to mix of pewter, brown and blue with high edge wear, minor oxidation blemishes, turn ring on the cylinder and handling wear. The standard trigger and standard hammer retain bold case-hardened colors with limited operational wear and light freckling. The later checkered goncalo alves factory target grips with silver S&W medallions rate very good plus exhibiting light handling wear and a small shallow chip on the heel of the right panel. The revolver features a Baughman ramp front sight, black blade micro adjustable rear sight and all appropriate parts are correctly numbered to the gun. Research will indicate this gun was shipped on January 8, 1953 with a bright blue finish and 3 1/2" barrel to Bush Caldwell Co. of Little Rock, Arkansas. This five screw N frame has seen some honest use, yet it remains in wonderful condition. Most of the 5,050 fourth models made left the factory with a 6 1/2" barrel. The Standard Catalogue of Smith & Wesson by Supica and Nahas notes that 4", 5", 51/2" barrels vary from scarce to rare but this ultra-rare barrel length is not even mentioned. A quality investment for the collector. (87942-72) {C&R} (3000/5000) SOLD FOR $4,312.50

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