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Old 04-28-2013, 07:06 PM
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I picked this up a year or so ago and rediscovered it in my safe a few Saturdays ago when I had the camera out. I kind of liked how she took to the camera and hope that you enjoy the photos as well.















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Old 04-28-2013, 07:42 PM
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Plane Jane????? I don't know about that
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If that's plain I'm not sure I could handle fancy. Really elegant, and I'm very envious.
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Old 04-28-2013, 08:08 PM
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plain jane??... I'm thinkin' those ole .44s are everything a revolver needs to be, has everything it needs and nothin' it don't. Great gun !! agj
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Old 04-28-2013, 08:11 PM
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No, Thank You for sharing.
Anything but Plain Jane in my eyes.
Beautiful looking revolver.

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man, that is beautiful! great pics, too!
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If you stumbled apon that in your safe I'd love to see some pictures of your show pieces.
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That "plain jane" would be the pride of my accummulation.
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Wow Richard, that is plain pretty!!
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Old 04-28-2013, 08:44 PM
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Very nice.
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Old 04-28-2013, 08:53 PM
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Old 04-28-2013, 10:34 PM
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Richard,

Another beautiful gun from your collection. Thanks for bringing it out and showing it to us.

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Old 04-29-2013, 05:23 PM
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Thanks for the comments. Isn't it amazing the finish that S&W put on their basic 44Mag's? They really are works of art. Then... throw in a very cool case and the corresponding tools and it is a very nice package.

BTW: This one (SN S177385) came to me with the tools that you see in a brown paper sleeve. This is the only pre 29 that I have that appears to have come with a blued SAT. I have seen photos of several others with the blued SAT, but the rest of my pre-29's have the aluminum knurled handled SAT. Any thoughts on this?

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Richard...I think it is unlikely the blue/black sight screwdriver is original to your revolver. It should be a sight screwdriver with an aluminum handle. The brown paper wrapping suggests 1955 or earlier and your revolver dates to 1957.

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Really beautiful gun and great pictures.
Thank you for posting.
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It is a really fantastic finish. I know that Colt's "Royal Blue" finish could not be any better and, in alot of circles, it is considered the best. Was the polishing better on these guns or is there a different reason for their great finish?
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It is a really fantastic finish. I know that Colt's "Royal Blue" finish could not be any better and, in alot of circles, it is considered the best. Was the polishing better on these guns or is there a different reason for their great finish?

I agree that the Pre-29's seem to be finished especially well. My lone Pre-29 compares well to my Pythons from the 50's and 60's. While the later Pythons (70's-90's) are even more polished I believe they lost some of their character (and authenticity). The 60's and older S&W's definitely have a different 'hue' to them; one which I've grown very fond of.
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I wish I could open my safe and discover that my Smiths have multiplied and had a new smith like yours has! You never know what is going on in the dark in the safe. Nice.
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Was the polishing better on these guns or is there a different reason for their great finish?
I cannot remember for sure, but I seem to remember Doc44 saying that they did receive a bit more special attention.

Bill: Pleased correct me if I'm wrong.

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Hard to say anything but "Wow!" Beautiful gun, beautiful photos.
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I'm glad this one came back to the top, otherwise I might have missed it. Plain Jane is way off the base. It has everything one could want in a post WW II gun. Beautiful.
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I'm glad this one came back to the top, otherwise I might have missed it. Plain Jane is way off the base. It has everything one could want in a post WW II gun. Beautiful.
I agree, completely!

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Richard, the combination of polish and camera lighting almost make this one look like a pinto. Nice example.
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What hasn't already been said? Did anybody say.........crummy, man, crummy. No? I didn't think so. I can't believe the finish on these senior citizens. And those stocks! I would have to wear white cotton gloves to feel comfortable handling that beautiful piece or artwork! I am also glad that you took it out and decided that it needed a few photos. Thanks, DLB
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There is something to be said for the polish and the lighting, but all of my early .44 Mags have just a slight difference in the "color" or bluing, or more correctly a difference in the way light reflects from the barrel and cylinder than it reflects from the frame. This is rarely the case on my 357's. My thought, probably influenced strongly by what some expert said here on this forum, is that the hardened barrels and cylinders of the 44 Mags took the bluing just a bit differently than the less hardened frames, thus creating a very mild "pinto" effect when photographed in the right light.

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This has to be short as i can't breathe looking at the pictures! Beautiful revolver!
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Every time I think I've seen the most beautiful revolver somebody comes up with a set of pictures like this. The bluing looks five miles deep! What a beautiful set of pictures with a gorgeous subject.

I'm jealous beyond belief.

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There is something to be said for the polish and the lighting, but all of my early .44 Mags have just a slight difference in the "color" or bluing, or more correctly a difference in the way light reflects from the barrel and cylinder than it reflects from the frame. This is rarely the case on my 357's. My thought, probably influenced strongly by what some expert said here on this forum, is that the hardened barrels and cylinders of the 44 Mags took the bluing just a bit differently than the less hardened frames, thus creating a very mild "pinto" effect when photographed in the right light.

Do you see the same in your early 44 Mags?
Richard, the only one I have is a 5" example that has a different color tint on the side plate that is almost purple. I do believe though that there is something to the theory that the hardened frames, cylinders and barrels on the early 44 Magnums could and did take bluing differently at times. I'll have to dig around and see if I can find some more examples and if I do I'll post them in this thread.
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I do believe though that there is something to the theory that the hardened frames, cylinders and barrels on the early 44 Magnums could and did take bluing differently at times. I'll have to dig around and see if I can find some more examples and if I do I'll post them in this thread.
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There is a similar difference on this 5-screw - most noticeable on the barrel in this photo...

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That pinto effect is very interesting. I've looked at those pictures several times and not commented in the thread, basically because I have nothing new to add. Like everyone else, I think that revolver is simply magnificent! The one with the ivory stocks is drool worthy as well.
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