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Old 07-26-2009, 02:57 PM
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Originally Posted by stbryson View Post

That is a nice looking, and unique, gun. A few observations:

It seems to me like the 1945 and 1946 factory return dates have no connection to the engraving and rebluing. It seems unlikely that Benno Heune would have done such elaborate engraving so soon after taking up the art in 1944. I don't know when Mr. Heune was most prolific with his gun engraving, but what I have read suggests that it was at least after the mid-1950s. While it doesn't really mean anything, Benno Heune was not listed in E.C. Prudhome's 1961 book, "Gun Engraving Review".

If the engraving is later than the mid-1950s, and the front sight was installed after the engraving was done, then it is unlikely that King Gun Sight did the work, as that company closed around 1952 (though it would be possible that King did the original work earlier, and the sight was remounted after the engraving).

Is the hammer marked with the King name? I have not seen any reference to S&W installing King hammers, though they did install King sights. After King Gun Sight closed, operations were taken over by Ricky Gunsight Co., and they continued to manufacture/install "King" sights. King and Rickey also sold individual parts, so parts also could be installed by other gunsmiths.

Maybe when the S&W invoices become more accessible, the work done during the 1945 and 1946 returns can be determined.

I am not trying to trash this gun, or throw a monkey wrench in any suppositions - just offering some observations and alternative possibilities.

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