Asking for assistance identifying a S&W revolver


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chase_her
December 31, 2006, 06:16 PM
I'm seeking assistance in identifying a S&W revolver.
Photo links at the bottom.

Number on the butt and at the Ejector rod opening are 60693.
Number on the frame is 44885.
Left Barrel 'Smith & Wesson'
Right Barrel '38 S. & W. Special CTG'
Top Barrel 'SMITH & WESSON SPRINGFIELD MASS.U.S.A
PATENTED FEB.6.06.SEPT.14.09.DEC.29.14'
Right Frame 'TRADE (symbol) MARK REG. U.S.Pat.Off' and 'MADE IN U.S.A.'
5" barrel, blue, checkered walnut grips.

~ Lorrie
Thank you in advance for any and all help.

http://www.lorrie.us/sw_left.jpg
http://www.lorrie.us/sw_right.jpg

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FPrice
December 31, 2006, 06:27 PM
This appears to be a .38/44 Heavy Duty revolver, a .38Spl built on a N-frame. Your serial number dates it to just before WWII, maybe 1940 or so.

Bart Noir
December 31, 2006, 07:02 PM
That is the real Indiana Jones gun, I do believe. I think that model is one of the best looking of any that S&W made. I'd love to have one.

Bart Noir

XavierBreath
December 31, 2006, 09:25 PM
You don't need that old thing.........They are horribly unsafe. You should send it to me for proper disposal.

:evil:

Your revolver appears to me to be a pre-war .38/44 Heavy Duty. It is either in great shape, or it has been reblued. These are relatively uncommon and desirable guns. Assuming your's is not a reblued gun and it has a good bore, asking prices would be $600 and up.

Old Fuff
December 31, 2006, 09:35 PM
Oh Darn... I got beat out again... I must be getting old. :uhoh:

The stocks appear to be early post-war replacements, but other then that it is indeed a nice old .38-44 Heavy Duty with S&W's super-smooth "long action." Ya can't do a whole lot better.

chase_her
December 31, 2006, 11:05 PM
Wow! Thank you so very much for the info and so quick at that.

I have to share with you, to quote Paul Harvey, the 'rest of the story'.

I purchased a very old house in an estate auction and doing what I typically do, I took out some built in drawers, namly a tilting laundry hamper and hidden behind the hamper on the wall was this gem hooked on nails.

The gun is in fantastic shape and to me looks brand new. Being a gun nut myself, it was a very nice warm fuzzy find, not to mention such a nice one. Somebody loved this gun with all their heart, but unfortunately didn't have family to carry on that love.

Thanks again for your help.

~ Lorrie

FPrice
December 31, 2006, 11:47 PM
I have to share with you, to quote Paul Harvey, the 'rest of the story'.

Lorrie, that is some story. Good thing you looked.

wildburp
January 1, 2007, 01:43 AM
Thanks for finding it. I lost that old shooter a long time back during a fight with .... Never mind, you would not believe me. That weapon was actually transported through time, after I dropped it during a fight with an ugly giant bug from Detroit.

wb

Litlman
January 1, 2007, 08:33 AM
All I found in my house was a rock. That's a great find. Enjoy it!!!

XavierBreath
January 1, 2007, 11:38 AM
Great story! I'm removing my laundry hamper today!

Old Fuff
January 1, 2007, 12:38 PM
Oh Darn...! :cuss:

The walls in this place are brick... :mad:

On a more serious(?) note, I knew a construction worker who while in the process of tearing down an old house found a mint, engraved, silver-plated Derringer dating from the late 1860's inside a wall. Ya' never know... :scrutiny:

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