Smith & Wesson Forum

Go Back   Smith & Wesson Forum > >

Notices

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


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 03-25-2020, 07:38 AM
1blindref's Avatar
1blindref 1blindref is offline
SWCA Member
Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties  
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Se Pa
Posts: 2,212
Likes: 1,977
Liked 5,275 Times in 791 Posts
Default Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties

After quite a few years of collecting 38-44 Heavy Duties, I finally have an example of all three standard barrel length Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties. I would have completed this "want" a long time ago, but my addiction to Pre Model 27's, GI 1911's, and other milsurps had me sidetracked for a while!

As those of you HD collectors know, the 6.5" barreled HD's are the most difficult to find. I wouldn't know what I know, or have the collection I have if it wasn't for "Mr 38-44 HD" himself - 1Aspenhill. I've learned so much from Bill, and I thank him for teaching me about these great revolvers. He ignited my passion for these guns about twelve or so years ago, and also allowed me to be the next caretaker of some of this great collection. I'm up to fourteen 38-44 HD's (a drop in the bucket compared to 1Aspenhill) and I'm in awe of each and every one of them.

Thank you Bill!

Pre War 38-44 HD's: 4", 5", and 6.5" barreled guns.









Post War Transition 38-44 HD's: 4", 5", and 6.5" barreled guns.










Group shots





__________________
Rick
SWCA #2727 , SWHF #435
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 03-25-2020, 07:51 AM
Kansasgunner Kansasgunner is offline
SWCA Member
Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties  
Join Date: Apr 2012
Posts: 694
Likes: 5,886
Liked 1,553 Times in 353 Posts
Default

Very nice collection! Well done sir.
__________________
Tim
SWCA #2697
Reply With Quote
The Following User Likes This Post:
  #3  
Old 03-25-2020, 07:54 AM
Glashaus Glashaus is offline
SWCA Member
Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties  
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Texas
Posts: 902
Likes: 1,052
Liked 2,699 Times in 595 Posts
Default

You sir have some absolutely fantastic HD’s! I never really paid much attention to the Heavy Duties until I started hanging around this Forum. I had never really seen one out in the wild, maybe I just didn’t hang out in the right places. By not really looking I lucked into two post war, a little ratty, 4” Heavy Duties. I know some of you would not have given these old HD’s a second look, but I kind of like them with a little road wear, adds character.

__________________
Life NRA, Life TSRA, C&R FFL
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 03-25-2020, 07:55 AM
SuperMan SuperMan is offline
Member
Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties  
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Rochester, NH USA
Posts: 3,156
Likes: 609
Liked 3,050 Times in 1,095 Posts
Default

Nice collection...one to be really proud of....

Never even considered buying a HD until a few years ago as I just never shoot shoot .38 Special... Saw a 1952 year of birth gun at a very reasonable price and bought it...wish now I had done so years before...

Bob

Last edited by SuperMan; 03-25-2020 at 07:56 AM.
Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Like Post:
  #5  
Old 03-25-2020, 08:10 AM
sbrmike sbrmike is offline
Member
Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties  
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Potter County, PA
Posts: 203
Likes: 19
Liked 193 Times in 57 Posts
Default

Wow! Very nice and Impressive!!! Thanks for sharing that!
Reply With Quote
The Following User Likes This Post:
  #6  
Old 03-25-2020, 10:17 AM
wetdog's Avatar
wetdog wetdog is offline
SWCA Member
Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties  
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: S.Eastern, PA.
Posts: 1,294
Likes: 1,909
Liked 1,288 Times in 432 Posts
Default

Very nice lineup Rick. Thanks for sharing.
Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Like Post:
  #7  
Old 03-25-2020, 10:43 AM
paplinker paplinker is offline
SWCA Member
Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties  
Join Date: May 2011
Location: pa
Posts: 2,031
Likes: 1,887
Liked 2,630 Times in 782 Posts
Default

Glad to hear you finally found that last trans 38/44!

Have you run into any factory uncatalogued bbl lengths?
__________________
Rich
SWCA 2523
Reply With Quote
The Following User Likes This Post:
  #8  
Old 03-25-2020, 10:45 AM
Doc44's Avatar
Doc44 Doc44 is offline
Moderator

Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties  
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Indiana, USA
Posts: 7,520
Likes: 872
Liked 19,609 Times in 2,842 Posts
Default

Very nice! A great collection to be proud of.

Bill
Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Like Post:
  #9  
Old 03-25-2020, 10:58 AM
RKmesa's Avatar
RKmesa RKmesa is offline
SWCA Member
Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties  
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: AZ
Posts: 5,120
Likes: 15,716
Liked 26,948 Times in 2,892 Posts
Default

Beautiful!!!! I love the guns and the photos. Congrats and thanks for sharing.
__________________
Richard
Engraved S&W fan
Reply With Quote
The Following 3 Users Like Post:
  #10  
Old 03-25-2020, 11:03 AM
JSR III's Avatar
JSR III JSR III is offline
SWCA Member
Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties  
Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: Massachusetts USA
Posts: 8,611
Likes: 3,140
Liked 7,417 Times in 2,968 Posts
Default

I only own two .38-44's. S69847 a 6.5" OD and S67706 a 5" HD both shipped in August of 1946.

Rather pale in comparison to this fine collection. Well done.
__________________
James Redfield
LM #497
Reply With Quote
The Following 3 Users Like Post:
  #11  
Old 03-25-2020, 11:08 AM
Russell Cottle's Avatar
Russell Cottle Russell Cottle is offline
Member
Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties  
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Pawnee, Oklahoma
Posts: 283
Likes: 11,254
Liked 611 Times in 137 Posts
Default

Nice collection! Congratulations!
__________________
Sheriff Russell Cottle. ret
Reply With Quote
The Following User Likes This Post:
  #12  
Old 03-25-2020, 12:09 PM
delcrossv's Avatar
delcrossv delcrossv is offline
SWCA Member
Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties  
Join Date: May 2018
Posts: 2,187
Likes: 3,854
Liked 4,992 Times in 1,350 Posts
Default

Very nice! Congratulations!
__________________
SWCA #3356, SWHF#611
Reply With Quote
The Following User Likes This Post:
  #13  
Old 03-25-2020, 12:45 PM
rocknroad's Avatar
rocknroad rocknroad is online now
Member
Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties  
Join Date: May 2016
Location: SoCal
Posts: 154
Likes: 329
Liked 736 Times in 104 Posts
Default

I am huge fan of the 38/44's. Mine is an OD but, I'm blown away by your collection of HD's.

Congratulations.
Reply With Quote
The Following User Likes This Post:
  #14  
Old 03-25-2020, 02:25 PM
austintexas austintexas is offline
SWCA Member
Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties  
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Austin, Texas
Posts: 601
Likes: 40
Liked 468 Times in 193 Posts
Default

I remember in the late 70s early 80s walking into the Austin, Texas gunshow and seeing a table full of 38/44 HD police trade-ins. $150.00 sort thru and take your pick. Sadly at that time I was only collecting target sighted S&Ws. I have since learned the error of my ways.
SWCA 892
Reply With Quote
The Following 4 Users Like Post:
  #15  
Old 03-25-2020, 03:02 PM
bill-in-texas bill-in-texas is offline
Member
Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties  
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Round Rock, Texas
Posts: 73
Likes: 511
Liked 234 Times in 49 Posts
Default

Thank you for sharing your very nice collection, Rick.

Beautiful examples, all!
__________________
Veteran Paratrooper, '86-'90
Reply With Quote
The Following User Likes This Post:
  #16  
Old 03-25-2020, 09:02 PM
j38 j38 is offline
US Veteran
Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties  
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: OR
Posts: 3,438
Likes: 4,247
Liked 839 Times in 286 Posts
Default

Beautiful revolvers! The HDs are among my favorites. I have a soft spot for the 4" variety. Yours are in really nice shape and are sporting great stocks as well. Thanks for the post & pics,

Jerry
Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Like Post:
  #17  
Old 03-25-2020, 11:23 PM
38SPL HV 38SPL HV is offline
Member
Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties  
Join Date: Apr 2016
Location: Northern Nevada
Posts: 797
Likes: 352
Liked 395 Times in 224 Posts
Default

Thank you for sharing your collections. It is especially nice while most of us are hunkering down to view these museum worthy firearms.
Reply With Quote
The Following User Likes This Post:
  #18  
Old 03-25-2020, 11:39 PM
LEO918's Avatar
LEO918 LEO918 is online now
SWCA Member
Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties  
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Death Valley, AZ
Posts: 2,282
Likes: 8,549
Liked 4,696 Times in 931 Posts
Default

Rick, you have a collection you can be very proud of. Here is my meager collection, two Pre War and two Post War Heavy Duties.
Attached Thumbnails
Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties-hd-nickel-jpg   Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties-hd-1938-jpg   Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties-austin-pd-1952-jpg   Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties-hd-1955-jpg  
__________________
Living a dream - S&WCA #2364

Last edited by LEO918; 03-25-2020 at 11:44 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #19  
Old 03-26-2020, 06:18 AM
StrawHat StrawHat is online now
Member
Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties  
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Northeast Ohio
Posts: 1,078
Likes: 1,672
Liked 1,906 Times in 644 Posts
Default

I remember when the HD was under $100 with no takers! If only...

I have this one HD, a 5 postwar. It really shoots the 358156 load quite well.

It will stay here until someone else wants it more than I do.

Kevin
Attached Thumbnails
Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties-e93c873a-07f4-4b41-b8ca-848e99067fe6-jpeg  
__________________
Unshared knowledge is wasted.
Reply With Quote
The Following 5 Users Like Post:
  #20  
Old 03-28-2020, 08:37 PM
iskra iskra is offline
Member
Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties  
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: 'Beachy' SoCal
Posts: 452
Likes: 7
Liked 625 Times in 238 Posts
Default My Transitions...

Thank you so much for sharing your 'WOW' collection of Transition HDs! Notably all looking about new, multiply impressive! Some appearing to be with humpback hammers. I also note a couple with what appears the small S&W logo on right side. Presuming those definitely prewar. Closest I can even come to your, my Transitions. Each of three barrel lengths only achievable by merger w/ 44 Military. 38/44, 4" as new w/box, high nineties 5". Switch to 44 Military, w/high nineties five inch and maybe low nineties 6 1/2. Also, beyond your scope Target model Transitions w/boxes: as new 38/44 & maybe low nineties .44. I also have 1950 specimens 38/44 in HD 5 & 6 1/2 and 44 Military in 4 & 5 inch. Targets in both chamberings. Whew! Ostensibly several decades of collecting, wrapping in nineties, these guns a fraction of asking prices today and 'most' then considerably more common.
Thanks again for the great display and big congrats for the collection!
Best & keep safe!
John

Last edited by iskra; 03-28-2020 at 08:53 PM. Reason: Clarification
Reply With Quote
  #21  
Old 03-28-2020, 10:50 PM
1Aspenhill's Avatar
1Aspenhill 1Aspenhill is offline
US Veteran
Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties  
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Kansas, USA
Posts: 2,907
Likes: 865
Liked 2,236 Times in 437 Posts
Default

Rick,
Great collection! I’m glad you have put those together. Your Nickle HDs are equally as good as these too and have some great provinence. Keep it up!
Bill
__________________
www.38-44heavyduty.com
Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Like Post:
  #22  
Old 03-28-2020, 11:36 PM
paplinker paplinker is offline
SWCA Member
Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties Pre War and Post War Transition 38-44 Heavy Duties  
Join Date: May 2011
Location: pa
Posts: 2,031
Likes: 1,887
Liked 2,630 Times in 782 Posts
Default

Rick,
I also found it interesting the 3 color differences in the prewar magnas.
__________________
Rich
SWCA 2523
Reply With Quote
The Following User Likes This Post:
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Post-War Heavy Duties -- My Second Most Favorite S&W BlueRidgeBoy S&W Hand Ejectors: 1896 to 1961 39 01-13-2019 06:52 PM
HEAVY DUTIES gtoppcop Smith & Wesson - The Wish List 8 04-25-2017 06:22 PM
LOOKING FOR HEAVY DUTIES 1Aspenhill WANTED to Buy 6 03-29-2015 09:18 PM
Consecutive Pair of Transition 6.5 Inch Heavy Duties 1Aspenhill S&W Hand Ejectors: 1896 to 1961 25 04-17-2014 12:13 PM
A couple Post-War Heavy Duties -- pics VonFatman S&W Hand Ejectors: 1896 to 1961 9 01-12-2009 07:23 AM

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3
smith-wessonforum.com tested by Norton Internet Security smith-wessonforum.com tested by McAfee Internet Security

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 09:59 AM.


Search Engine Optimisation provided by DragonByte SEO v2.0.42 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2020 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
S-W Forum, LLC 2000-2020
Smith-WessonForum.com is not affiliated with Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select: SWHC)