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S&W Hand Ejectors: 1896 to 1961 All 5-Screw & Vintage 4-Screw SWING-OUT Cylinder REVOLVERS, and the 35 Autos and 32 Autos


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Old 10-20-2014, 11:25 AM
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Got a call the other day from a friend that works in the large locally owned gun shop. They had a gun labeled ".22 hand ejector". He wasn't sure what it was, but was confident it was mis-marked. What made me hop right in the car was him saying that it had the strangest grips, with two screws, unlike anything he had seen on an S&W.

Silly thing is - what made me reach for my wallet was the beautiful contrast of the Blued frame and ejector rod with the case hardened ejector knob. I had never noticed that feature before, I always thought they were all blued.

I'm not sure what the going rate is for these, so I may have paid "too early", but time will tell.

Serial number is 240435 and it matches everywhere including the grips.

It has a cosmetically challenged side plate, no scratches, but the bluing is worn in an odd fashion. Pictures are a funny thing - in the pictures where you can barely see any issue with the side plate - it is actually worse than that. In the picture where it looks really really bad, it is actually much better than that.















And now the ugly: (not really as bad as it appears - the big white streak below the cylinder is actually the camera flash not a flaw)

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Old 10-20-2014, 11:34 AM
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Those guns are very fun to shoot too. See if you can find some SV ammo for it.
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Looks identical to my SN 496748 [ see attachment ] which shipped in March of 1929.
Another post detailed SN 240007 shipped 12/8/1916.
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Sweet! In the case of my HFT, "cosmetically challenged" is an extremely kind understatement... BUUUTTT, it's a lot of fun to shoot. I don't know whether it is sacrilege or what, but I shoot Federal Auto Match™ (bulk) ammo in mine. It seems to do fine with that fodder. My example came with a badly bulged barrel which was replaced with a NOS one from Larry Poppert. It will never win a beauty contest, but then again, neither will I!

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Yes, probably 1916 with that serial number. Very nice score.

Probably a good policy not to shoot HV ammo in guns that were manufactured before that ammo became available.
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Beautiful gun. I too, am drawn to the ejector knob "in the white". Is the knob removable or part of the rod? Prior to 1909, they were a separate part. Your gun is quite a bit later than that. Regardless, that's a mighty fine piece you've got there. And you didn't buy it too early. You bought it just in the nick of time.
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Yes, probably 1916 with that serial number. Very nice score.

Probably a good policy not to shoot HV ammo in guns that were manufactured before that ammo became available.
David,

My rule of thumb on this is to shoot HV ammo in guns built late enough to have the "improved" heat treatment for the cylinders. I figure that and the recessed chambers give me sufficient margin of strength for at least the semi-HV Federal Auto Match ammo I favor. Am I playing with dynamite?

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Beautiful gun. I too, am drawn to the ejector knob "in the white". Is the knob removable or part of the rod? Prior to 1909, they were a separate part.
Knobs are still separate as late as 1917 into the 200000 range and possibly later on 32s.
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The separate knobs are not in the white. They were case hardened.
On a part that small, there are seldom any colors visible. They usually have a dull gray color even when new, and sometimes get a little more silvery with age and use.
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This gun shipped 12/16.
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