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Old 02-09-2024, 04:44 PM
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Just how scarce is this? I can't seem to find anything that says how rare the 6.5" is or how it affects the value. Thanks.
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6 1/2" .38/44 HD's are a little scarce in my safe, but not unheard of...My population contains one, S/N S154406 shipped December 1957 to the Washington State Patrol...It's on my to-be-lettered list and currently valued at $1850......Ben
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The late 1Aspenhill would probably have more specifics on the 6.5” HD .

Many of the ones I’ve seen are ex-Washington State Patrol guns.
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Not wishing to highjack the OP, I have a similar question. My HD is a 5", in the gold box, serial S781**.
Is the 5" hard to find? What might the value be? It's in pretty nice condition. Yes, fired, but clean. Thanks All.
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As mentioned, not easy to find....
Mine is also a 1957 that shipped to the Washington State Patrol and the roll mark on the backstrap is still intact....most were ground off before sold surplus.

























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The 6.5 is the scarcest of the post-war variants.
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When I first started getting an interest in 38/44s they were still mostly unwanted stepchildren to collectors and could often be had reasonably.

I bought a very nice 4” postwar long action on a Thursday for $400 shipped. It being shipped Friday I assumed it would be at the shop waiting for me Monday afternoon.

Saturday my wife and I went to a local gun show and spent a couple hours sniffing around without finding anything to buy. On our way out the door I spotted a fixed sight N frame on a table and went for a closer look. Turned out to be a very nice 6.5” HD, pre model marked but short action. I guessed it at 80-85 percent condition, nice but not pristine, just how I like them since I’m a user and carry/shoot them all. I flipped the tag over and the asking price was $275. Wife encouraged me to buy it and I had the cash in my pocket. But at the time I was more of a 4” fan and didn’t see myself liking the 6.5” so I passed. About a year later prices started to head upward at a quickened pace with the 6.5s going fastest due to scarcity. And once again I was left feeling like a dummy.
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Not wishing to highjack the OP, I have a similar question. My HD is a 5", in the gold box, serial S781**.
Is the 5" hard to find? What might the value be? It's in pretty nice condition. Yes, fired, but clean. Thanks All.
Sorry for the late reply. 5 and 4" were the most common barrel lengths in that order (I think). "Pretty nice" may be 25% higher or lower depending on its exact condition, especially with the box, so photos would help here.
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