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Old 02-15-2021, 05:02 PM
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i have four S&W revolvers i am trying to get some info on
i have listed the information i know of below and a picture of each


year and approximate value or each



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44 special 4 inch nickle no model number i have the following numbers on it

sn: 142988 located on cylinder butt of gun and inside yoke and 66009 inside cylinder swing out



29-2 44 mag four inch nickle sn: n 72119 in presentation box with all tools


686 no dash 357 mag 4 inch sn: aht0113 stainless


24-3 3 inch sn: ael1061 blued (maybe a L. Horton)
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The 686 is probably a 1985 model or so and I'm guessing worth $800-$1000.

The 29-2 is about a 1977-1978 model and worth $1500 or more in my opinion

I have no info on the other 2
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The 24-3 is from the mid-1980s and was sold by Lew Horton and other distributors/dealers. It looks somewhat used so $800-1000?

The last gun should have an S prefix with the serial number. If so it is a .44 Hand Ejector model of 1950, unusual to find with fixed sights and more so with a 4" barrel and in nickel. Does the SN appear on the rear cylinder face and inside the barrel shroud, near the rod? It appears to be missing the barrel pin, on the frame above where it threads in.

Extra photos of this one from different angles would help here.
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check the serial number on the 44 special again. I think it is a 3rd model because of the shrouded ejector rod and from the 1926-41. It is to early for a 6 digit serial number I think, but then I am no expert on early 44 specials.

the 29-2 should be from around 1970 with an N and 5 digits

the AEH and AHT prefixes are from around 1984-85
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thank you the information its very helpful to me for sure


i will post additional pics of the nickle 44 spcl



hope it helps you guys out
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Agree, the .44 has a 3rd model barrel on it but I think I see a six digit SN in the rod cutout; can't make out the number though.

Edit to add: thanks for the extra photos! Can you post a photo of the left lower side of the grip frame with the stock panel removed?
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What is that on the front sight?
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Bravo on the great username!

The .44 looks to be from 1955 or early 1956. Looks like the barrel was removed to add a very strange hooded front sight and the 'smith forgot the pin (or ruined it before putting it back in). You can see the marks from his pliers or clamp on the barrel, not good. Everyone is different, but I wouldn't purchase that gun for myself, even for $300.

The 24-3 does look to be a Lew Horton Special with correct grips, but the condition is below average for these guns. I think $800 is pretty accurate seeing like-new examples selling for $1500 or more right now.

686 is also pretty ordinary and these are selling for $800 or more.

The 29-2 is obviously the beauty queen here. On GB a gun like this could break $2k.
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the square thing over the front sight is a screw on shroud


and i agree the gun is in pretty rough shape



the six digits in the rod cutout is s S 142988


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Agree, the .44 has a 3rd model barrel on it but I think I see a six digit SN in the rod cutout; can't make out the number though.

Edit to add: thanks for the extra photos! Can you post a photo of the left lower side of the grip frame with the stock panel removed?
Yes, the barrel has a S 142988 # stamped on it. Add the S which is way over to the serial number given and and on the butt and it matches as does the cylinder. Which would be from around 1955-56 I let the pins in the front sight confuse me and didn't catch the funky hood on it either

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Did it have any stocks/grips on it?
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Correction, the standard fixed sight .44 Hand Ejector model of 1950 did have the barrel shroud. Still an uncommon gun in 4".

It appears to have a non-factory nickel finish, but the only way to be certain is a letter of authenticity:

http://www.swhistoricalfoundation.com/swhf_letter.pdf
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Does the shroud on front sight just clamp on using pressure from tightening the 2 screws. If so I would ditch it myself/
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Did it have any stocks/grips on it?

no stock grips that i am aware of, i have some s&w grips but unsure if any are the originals
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Does the shroud on front sight just clamp on using pressure from tightening the 2 screws. If so I would ditch it myself/

yes you are correct two screws secure the shroud to the front sight
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Rather interesting sight shroud.
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S&W did not nickel plate extractor stars so the 1950 Model .44 Special was after market nickel plated. None the less it is the most intriguing gun of the three. You'll notice most of the conversation is about it. Over priced excellent condition guns are a dime a dozen, so to speak. Fun shooters on the other hand are treasures to find.

The condition of the 3" 24-3 puts it in the fun shooter category also, but, over looking the finish on the wood, it is still in very good original condition. Its wood can be easily refinished.

I hope you are a reloader. It always was necessary for shooters of ordinary means to reload to shoot .44s much. If you don't already have one, with the current ammo market, a .44 die set would be the best investment you ever made.

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good afternoon just wanted to up a couple of pictures i did find two sets of grips
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thank you to all who replied and helped me not be an id10t about the revolvers i have.
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