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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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S&W manufactured 20 44 magnums in February, 1956. S130741 pictured here is one of those few revolvers, having been produced on 2/29/56 in a leap year. Most, if not all the early .44 Magnums went to S&W's biggest distributors such as Jesse Harpe in Tampa, FL. Such was the case with S130741. Fred Miller, the assistant sales manager for the factory, took 6 of the earliest .44 Magnums for the S&W display at the 1956 Mid-Winter Nationals in Tampa, FL. The factory letter gives the serial numbers of these early .44 Magnums and collectors might want to keep them in mind when searching for early pre-29s, in particular the first 4 inch 44 Magnum, S130884. Of the 6 listed in the letter, only S130741 and S130853 have turned up. All of the 6 guns were then sold to Jesse Harpe one of Carl Hellstrom's good friends and local Tampa gun dealer who then sold this particular revolver to Jim Stalkamp. Pictured below is some of the provenance on this gun. Thank you Bill for making it possible to add this one to my collection. The 12 month display wouldn't have been possible without it.
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Pictured here is the S&W display in Tampa at the Mid-Winter matches. Carl Hellstrom is center and Fred Miller is to his left. The other two gentleman are unknown to me and I am hoping someone on the forum can identify them.


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S&W manufactured 20 44 magnums in February, 1956. S130741 pictured here is one of those few revolvers, having been produced on 2/29/56 in a leap year. Most, if not all the early .44 Magnums went to S&W's biggest distributors such as Jesse Harpe in Tampa, FL. Such was the case with S130741. Fred Miller, the assistant sales manager for the factory, took 6 of the earliest .44 Magnums for the S&W display at the 1956 Mid-Winter Nationals in Tampa, FL. The factory letter gives the serial numbers of these early .44 Magnums and collectors might want to keep them in mind when searching for early pre-29s, in particular the first 4 inch 44 Magnum, S130884. Of the 6 listed in the letter, only S130741 and S130853 have turned up. All of the 6 guns were then sold to Jesse Harpe one of Carl Hellstrom's good friends and local Tampa gun dealer who then sold this particular revolver to Jim Stalkamp. Pictured below is some of the provenance on this gun. Thank you Bill for making it possible to add this one to my collection. The 12 month display wouldn't have been possible without it.
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Pictured here is the S&W display in Tampa at the Mid-Winter matches. Carl Hellstrom is center and Fred Miller is to his left. The other two gentleman are unknown to me and I am hoping someone on the forum can identify them.


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One again Chuck WAY COOL

I have been looking forward to each new installment of 1956 in 44 magnums with bated breath
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Chuck:

What a fabulous gun, and some wonderful history attached to it. Nowadays I guess an important new gun would be introduced at the Shot Show, but back then the Pistol Matches were the place to be.

Congratulations on a fine piece.

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Chuck,
I'd like to see them from an overhead view displayed all together in a fan or circle shaped display. That would be awesome!
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Beautiful!

Great find!
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You got me on that post!
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Outstanding, Chuck. Have to admit I was hoping to see the girl though.
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Chuck, Another beauty and a rare one indeed and with provenance! It only gets better...
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Marvelous! ... both the gun and the history.

Thanks much for the post,

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Thank you, what a wonderful post!

$139.05 was important $$ in those days.
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Doggone, I was looking to see a picture of a girl.

Nevertheless, that's a dandy arm. Thanks for posting!

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They don't make em like that no more, the gun and the woman.
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...1956...



...was a very good year...
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Um, wow. Seriously nice history and documentation. Thanks for sharing. -Donald
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A good year, indeed!

Anybody else here, besides me, enamored of the days when girls looked like lovely, full-bodied girls, God love 'em, rather than soft, skinny boys?

(Not that there was ever anything wrong with slender girls...some of whom have been, and are, beloved members of my family. But they were slender, folks, not anorexic.)

Just an old mossback...

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does it seem miss feb 1956 has really bad teeth ?
she probly wouldnt cut it today
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OK, now to get back to the initial posting , in the display picture of Carl Hellstrom and Fred Miller, the two fellows in the center, at the left sitting is Archie Dubia and at the far right is John Contro. Thanks to Roy Jinks for identifying these two guys.
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