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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 01-09-2021, 06:51 PM
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I just acquired #259193. It's a 4 1/4" blue target model. Front of grip, barrel and cylinder matching; no visible number on grips w/ rebated backstrap. Patridge front sight and square notch rear. No rework marks or return date. Serial number is at the beginning of the RP range and apparently earliest known target model. Shipped 6/17, letter will be requested.

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Please post the letter when you get it. The front sight is later, it could be a conversion. If it shipped as a target, it's the grandaddy.

Might be a special order too- someone posted a short barrel RP target in nickel that was SO.
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That's a pretty darned nice rare bird. And predates the .22 Kit Gun by 18 years. If Smith would have come up with the Marketing term "Kit Gun" at the same time, they may have sold a ton of them a long time ago.

The 1935 .22 KG was no barn burner in sales until after the war. Part of the reason was no doubt the depression years in which it was introduced. But perhaps some of it may have been the .22 cal. Who knows where a bigger caliber.32 Kit Gun would have gone in the gun-hungry-public times post WWI, and w/o a depression going on?
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