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Old 09-07-2013, 10:48 AM
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I recently picked up a second nickel 38-44 HD here in NC. It's a lot like my first one. Here's a quick rundown of the stats:

Both have a lot of finish wear but the wear patterns are uncannily similar.

Both are in excellent mechanical condition.

Both were sold mis-marked as plain jane 38s.

The first one letters to Durham PD, the second one looks like a LEO gun (lots of grip wear on the right side) but I just got it so I haven't lettered it yet.

Serial numbers are 2000 apart, 53 thousands and 55 thousands.

The Durham gun is a heck of a shooter. I plan on taking the second one out today for a test drive. Here's some pics:













I have added a range report picture for the new one. 12 shots at 10 yards and 6 at 25, 12 grains 2400 under 158 cast bullets, no leading. This load shot about 1150 in the Durham gun. No problems, great by my standards.

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What a great pair of HDs. They look like they belong together.
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What a great pair of HDs. They look like they belong together.
Yes they do. In a Myres double Buscadero rig.
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Both have a lot of finish wear but the wear patterns are uncannily similar.
They both probably rode in the same type of holster, in the same type of vehicle, for more or less the same number of years ...

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I need to shop where you shop!

Seriously, gun stores around here used to "stock 'em deep and sell 'em cheap" but that was before the seemingly countless rounds of panic buying that we have gone through this century.

Most of my local stores still don't know much about what they have, but now they think EVERYTHING is a valuable collector's item. I swear when they get some cheapie Belgian Velo-Dog they think it is " a rare find, hand-made with Old World Craftmanship, unimaginable today".
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What a great pair of HDs. They look like they belong together.
I justified the purchase to myself saying I would pick one and sell the other, but that's not going to happen.
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I would highly recommend contacting Mr. Dave Keith and arranging to have a nicely carved double rig made up for those. You would be the best dressed man at the BBQ! How spectacular!
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I would highly recommend contacting Mr. Dave Keith and arranging to have a nicely carved double rig made up for those. You would be the best dressed man at the BBQ! How spectacular!
Yeah, that was my first thought as well. They deserve to be together in a double rig. We don't really have BBQ guns in Illinois, but if I had those, I'd get a holster rig, invite a few folks over, and start an Illinois tradition. I've got a grill at least.
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