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Old 05-02-2017, 04:45 PM
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Sometimes things just work out for the best....A 44 Special.


Picked up a butchered TL, and then along came this here OD with a bad barrel.


A lit'l time in the tool shop and Wa-Lah (“Voilà”.).........An EDC for riding the range.






Some ask why?...Well, Jest cause it pleases me.


Many thanks to those of you that help made this come about, y'all know who you are.


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Now it's unfortunate that butchered Triple Lock had a 4" barrel instead of the more common 6 1/2" barrel as a 4" barrel is rare. The 3 line barrel address on the side is proof that it was not a cut barrel. Nonetheless, however, a nice marriage of two otherwise salvageable revolvers.

When you say "butchered" relative to the Triple Lock, what do you mean? How bad?
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When you say "butchered" relative to the Triple Lock, what do you mean? How bad?




Someone had attempted to re-configure the back strap
to a profile somewhat aliken to a SAA and failed purty bad.


After theys ground into the inards and the edge of the side plate...
They got out the stick welder and cold blue.




Bubbas....Make no mistake, theys walk among us




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Very nice Dave, I'd love to own that.
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Decided on the blue, huh? Good decision.

That's fine as frog's hair.
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Decided on the blue, huh? Good decision.

That's fine as frog's hair.



Yeah, for the time being.......that's the finish that was left after


I clean em like a mess of fish. Ya jest gotta keep what suits, I guess. LOL






I'll bring it with me here in a few weeks,




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Old 05-02-2017, 07:26 PM
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Masterful result framing considerable talent! I'm envious on both counts and...
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Can't think of a better sidearm to " ride the range" with. As usual your projects are works of art & craftsmanship in several areas. Very nice, made even better by it being a 44 spl.
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Yeah, for the time being.......that's the finish that was left after




I'll bring it with me here in a few weeks,




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Jolly good show.. Looking forward to seeing it.
Paul says they've been out since February.
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Dave:

You have waaaaaaay too much time - and tons of restless talent.

Very cool gun!!!!

Thanks for sharing that very 44 Special "OutdoorsmanLock",
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Brilliantly done! I love it! Very cool gun.
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All it needs now is a humpback hammer!

That would be cool.

Absolutely beautiful - congratulations.
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Pretty cool Dave!

As I think this thru....from the fixed sight TL 44 spl, the barrel, cyl and yoke were installed in the OD frame. The front of the OD frame was milled for the TL cam plate on the 44 yoke.

If you used the OD side plate which I assume that of course you did, you now have the first ever 44 TL with a late pre war Type 2 side plate mounted hammer block!

I suppose you used the 44 TL action parts and therefore you have the TL short action!
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That might top the Reg Mag 44spl!! WOW, Nice Work!!
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As an N frame fan, a .44 Spl. addict, and a tool & die maker, this one really flips my switch ! Fine work, fine piece ! Thanks for sharing.

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Pretty cool Dave!

As I think this thru....from the fixed sight TL 44 spl, the barrel, cyl and yoke were installed in the OD frame. The front of the OD frame was milled for the TL cam plate on the 44 yoke.

If you used the OD side plate which I assume that of course you did, you now have the first ever 44 TL with a late pre war Type 2 side plate mounted hammer block!

I suppose you used the 44 TL action parts and therefore you have the TL short action!



Jim,
Yes, I did use just about all of the TL internals with the
exception of the hand....needed it to work the hammer block.


Of course I had to ream the bushing for the larger center pin
of the TL cylinder assembly and mill the OD frame to
accommodate the cam plate and tweak the yoke a lit'l bit...


It was worth it it all, I do believe.


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Dave, that is a beautiful looking piece !! I really like the sights. You gonna have to cobble up something very special for this one.
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That is a keeper for sure!
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Wow, talk about making lemonade - that may be the finest example of it I've ever seen. Outstanding.
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That will mystify the collectors of the next generation.
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Jim,
Yes, I did use just about all of the TL internals with the
exception of the hand....needed it to work the hammer block.


Of course I had to ream the bushing for the larger center pin
of the TL cylinder assembly and mill the OD frame to
accommodate the cam plate and tweak the yoke a lit'l bit...

It was worth it it all, I do believe.

Dave
Dave,

You did your usual awesome work!

Absolutely worth it, it's a fascinating melding of two different models. I can't think of a more exciting project. We've all seen a lot of barrel swaps, caliber conversions, and target conversions. But this is the pinnacle of a one-of-a-kind unique revolver transplant. And certainly the 'long way around' to make a factory target model!

Oh that's right, the ctr pin locking hole in the recoil shield would need reaming for the slightly larger TL pin.

A giveaway that the frame is not a TL, (besides the non matching serial #s and the post 1935 large logo on the side plate) is the divot in the recoil shield lip. The TL ctr pin has spring tension to the front, so TL frames do not have the divot.

The best TL rescue I've ever heard of and still with original finish! What a fun conversation piece.

Hand that to other S&W collectors and time them to see how long it takes them to figure out it's not a stock TL and then the time to figure out what it truly is. If they can't figure it out, for a hint, show them the hammer block in the hammer channel (SMILE).
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Good lord, I need something like that in my life......


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Mr.Dave, could you show some pictures of the front lock. You are all over old wrecks like a hound dog on a pork chops. Could you leave some for us guys following your example? Mark
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Oh that's right, the ctr pin locking hole in the recoil shield would need reaming for the slightly larger TL pin.

A giveaway that the frame is not a TL, (besides the non matching serial #s and the post 1935 large logo on the side plate) is the divot in the recoil shield lip. The TL ctr pin has spring tension to the front, so


TL frames do not have the divot.

(SMILE).



Jim,


If I ever decide to do a finish change or have her engraved...


I can fix that lit'l divit.


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Excellent work. Top shelf all the way
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A sow's ear into a silk purse INDEED

Great work Dave! I can not imagine how many hours you set figurin and measurin to get the the machine work dead on the first time.....It would have given me nightmares!

The finished product is a delight, and I hope that it shoots as good as it looks.
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Not yet,,,,,,




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... and I hope that it shoots as good as it looks.
If that's the case, then they'll all be in one hole.
Hey Dave, how about showing us some holes she's made???
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I haven't even wiped the red grease off yet.......





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If that's the case, then they'll all be in one hole.
Hey Dave, how about showing us some holes she's made???

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I'll try to shoot er tomorrow.....




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Keith44spl and I were having an e-conversation about another topic and this project came up. I was blown away then and am even more impressed as I see additional information and pix today. I've never even seen a Triple Lock get damaged and then salvaged, much less watched the process go through to such a glorious conclusion. As I said in private, I'll say in public, "Ya done good, old friend, ya done real good!" You've proven once again you live up to your screen name and show the rest of us the things dreams are made of. This old gun and you both would "do to ride the river with." Thanks for sharing.

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You're not gonna have this one for sale when you bring it out are ya? Just tell me no right now so I can enjou playin' with it a bit without worryin' about where I'm gonna get the money! Beautiful job, Dave, and blue is the way to go with this 'un. Love them 44 Specials!
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Outstanding, so many great old features, victory snatched from the jaws of defeat, so to speak!
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Please, please don't even consider refinishing this, (ahem), special prototype revolver. Wearing the remnants of experienced factory finish just gives this beauty a special kind of class !

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Well Boys & Girls,


I shot er today....... It's rainin here, but dry in the shop.


At 45 ft. inside, a two hand, six o'clock hold on the 5 ring SA,
with my dime store readin glass...I'll take it !







Lost Photo......Jest have to shot another one





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Well, took ya long enough to shoot it! LOL
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A shooter as well as a looker. Well, that's what we have come expect from Dave.

I've got 3 of Dave's guns and they shoot where you point them. Trouble is with guns like that, there ain't no alibis.
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Wow! Just wow!

Now make sure the guys who are tracking the ODs get the SN for their database so they know one of their young'uns is "all growed up".
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Mr. Dave, looks like that hogleg wants to shoot. Why don't you just pack it up and send it on up to me and I'll do some load development for you so there all in one hole. Now it may take a bit to get it just perfect, so try to be patient!
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Mr. Dave, looks like that hogleg wants to shoot. Why don't you just pack it up and send it on up to me and I'll do some load development for you so there all in one hole. Now it may take a bit to get it just perfect, so try to be patient!



Theys could of been all in the same hole....But, I was grinning


so big, I closed my eyes and pulled the last two kinda high.




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Beautiful pistol and beautiful job, and looks like it shoots up to its image..
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Looks like minute of prairie dog to me! Bring it along when ya come and we'll test 'er out! I never wonder whether your guns will shoot - they just all do!
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Yep.....I'm sure of it......I hate him! Really good shootin.
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Wyo,
You better git to scoutin' things out.. Rumor has it that the old dogs have been out since Feb. You're slipping.
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Some things never change... except to get BETTER! Way to go, Dave! To have two sets of parts from guns built a couple of decades apart go together so seamlessly AND shoot that well too, well it's just almost too good to be true. Keep those inspirational posts a'coming!

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Dave
Nice job you just made my 4 factory new triple lock cranes worth more money.
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