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38/44 police target, special production variation

Posted 08-23-2009 at 11:03 PM by 1Aspenhill
Updated 08-23-2009 at 11:06 PM by 1Aspenhill

THIS IS ONE OF TWO KNOWN 38/44 HEAVY DUTY POLICE TARGET VARIATIONS. THIS GUN WAS SHIPPED ON 2 MAY 1930 WITH ADJUSTABLE SIGHTS, CALL GOLD BEAD, 5 INCH BARREL, AND SERVICE GRIPS TO R.M. SEVIER, SPECIAL AGENT, MISSOURI PACIFIC RAILROAD, MONROE, LA.THIS GUN HAS BEEN RESTORED TO IT'S ORIGINAL CONFIGURATION BY MASTER CRAFTSMAN, GENE WILLIAMS.
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  1. Old Comment
    DBWesson's Avatar
    Bill:
    I don't understand why you say two known.
    I have two and sold a third at the San Antonio convention.
    Aren't they 5" Outdoorsman?
    You have my numbers.
    44411 February 4, 1935
    56282 April 14, 1938
    These are listed as McGivern Specials
    The third one although a 5" did not letter as a McGivern Special.
    Larry Gaertner
    #956
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    Posted 08-27-2009 at 11:25 PM by DBWesson DBWesson is offline
  2. Old Comment
    1Aspenhill's Avatar
    Larry,
    This gun was made on 2 May 1930-about 18 months before the 38/44 Outdoorsman was first shipped. According to Roy, these special order guns were the predecessors of the 38/44 Outdoorsman.
    Hope this helps,
    Bill
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    Posted 08-28-2009 at 04:00 PM by 1Aspenhill 1Aspenhill is online now
  3. Old Comment
    Larry,

    It looks like you did ar real good job having ole #53117 restored to its factory shipped condition.
    To bad you weren't able to locate a Call gold bead sight to install on the barrel.

    Here is the answer by email I received from the factory when I owned that revolver.

    The Call gold bead front sight is named for Charlie Call the manager of the Smith & Wesson Repair Department from the late 1800's until almost the 1940's. The Call gold bead is different from the Mc Givern gold bead in that it is flush fit to the face of the Partridge front sight blade. The Mc Givern bead is a raised button on the front sight. Smith & Wesson offered all these sights and made them at the factory. The King, Lyman, and Sheard sights were purchased items from the various companies. Marble was generally the company that sold the Sheard sights.

    I hope that helps.

    Roy G. Jinks,
    Historian, Smith & Wesson

    And from the Letter of History I had received and sent to you with the purchase of this revolver, this revolver was specially ordered as a target model before the Outdoorsman series was officially interduced and was referred to as a .38/44 Police Target model.


    According to the Historian, Smith and Wesson assembled 394 .38/44 revolvers during the first month of production, so as close as he could determine was, that this revolver could have been one of the first ten production revolvers or possibly the 394th one that was assembled in the first month of production.

    Roy G. Jinks,
    Historian, Smith & Wesson
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    Posted 03-06-2010 at 12:06 PM by olemanbrn olemanbrn is offline
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    Bill,

    Sorry, I sent my comment to the wrong person. I meant to send it to you reference the #35117 38/44 Police Taarget Revolver. It sure looks nice. I wish I had the extra funds to have had it done myself.

    Really nice job.

    Tom Brown
    Bad Axe, MI
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    Posted 03-06-2010 at 12:36 PM by olemanbrn olemanbrn is offline
 
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