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Old 05-15-2017, 06:01 PM
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Found this listed as .38 Special Smith and Wesson. It looked like a HD so I bid and won. Shipped, transfer etc I'M in at less than $600. It looks fantastic, good lockup, and timing is good. Grips are in great shape. Blueing has honest wear with no blemishes or rust. It looks to be a wartime build Serial # S684XX
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Early post war production. The 'S' indicates the hammer block safety that was first implimented on Victory models during the war.

For under 600 bucks, you stole that gun.

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For under 600 bucks, you stole that gun.

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That's what I thought. There was no mention of HD in the description but I thought it might be. I had recently been reading about HD .38-44s here.
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You'll also see those referred to as post war "transitionals", due to the long action hammer. Very desirable guns. You probably got it for 40 - 50% less than they commonly sell for.

Are the stocks numbered same as the gun?

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You'll also see those referred to as post war "transitionals", due to the long action hammer. Very desirable guns. You probably got it for 40 - 50% less than they commonly sell for.

Are the stocks numbered same as the gun?

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Yes they are. I told the dealer who did the transfer that the grips were worth $200. It was the dealer who pulled his Smith and Wesson book out and thought the serial # was wartime.

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Very nice! I have picked up a couple of 4" post war HD's, they are great shooting S&W's!

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Found this listed as .38 Special Smith and Wesson. It looked like a HD so I bid and won . . . Serial # S684XX
A number of 5" Heavy Duties in the S684XX range were shipped to the Missouri State Highway Patrol in May of 1948. If you will send me a PM or email with the full serial number I will look it up and see if we can tell you more about it's history.

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A number of 5" Heavy Duties in the S684XX range were shipped to the Missouri State Highway Patrol in May of 1948. If you will send me a PM or email with the full serial number I will look it up and see if we can tell you more about it's history.

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I learned the gun was part of the shipment to Missouri Highway Patrol thanks to linde. I was shocked because this gun didn't appear to be a duty weapon. But I was told they were all traded just a few years later. Plus I think the Trooper must have used a full flap holster.
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