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2 more 38/44 saved from possible conversions

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Peter M. Eick, Mar 16, 2012.

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  1. Peter M. Eick

    Peter M. Eick Member

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    I have decided that I need to try and save 38/44's from senseless slaughter and conversion to other calibers. Yes I know folks can do what they want with their property and I accept that, but I on the other hand can try to buy every nice 38/44 and store them away for another generation to cherish.

    I know someday someone will appreciate that I saved these from conversion to something else. Just I thank the folks that saved them from conversion and slaughter so I could be their stewards for another generation or so.

    I guess my stated goal will be to buy every 38/44 I can afford and drive the price up so the conversion folks will go after pre-27's and pre-28's instead of 38/44.

    It is a dirty job but someone has to do it. ;)

    The first one I saved today is a nice bright blued 38/44 Outdoorsman Target.
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    This was a nice gun, possibly refinished but if someone did it they did a nice job. This brings my post war 38/44 Outdoorsman collection to 4. One is unfired and another has just barely been touched. I will letter this one and get it back to original condition. I believe it should have factory magna's for grips but the hammer and trigger are possibly factory.

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    The blueing is quite nice. Look at the comparison of the bright blue to the standard 38/44 Outdoorsman look:

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    The second save today was a really nice 38/44 Heavy Duty Post-war 4" that appears to be just barely used. Probably the nicest 38/44 4" post-war I have now.

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    This brings me to 3 postwar 4" 38/44's.

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    So it was a good week. 3 Nice 38/44's have been saved from possible conversion and changing from the way they were made.

    I have now saved 0.1% of the total production. Time to start working on the my second 0.1% of the total production.

    It was a good week. 3 nice ones saved!
     
  2. CSA 357

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    your a good man, but leave the 27s alone!
     
  3. Baba Louie

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    I think Peter Eick has that base well covered already. :p

    ETA, beautiful Eick. Just lovely. Both (or should I say ALL?) of them.
     
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    I guess I need to start squirrelling away a few for future conversions. :D
     
  5. Peter M. Eick

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    EEEAAAKKKKK!!!!!!

    A 38/44 converter is in the house!!!!!!!


    CALL OUT THE DOGS.........................

    Just kidding by the way. I don't like folks converted 38/44's but its your guns so do as you see fit. I just will try and protect as many as I can!


    :):):):):):):):):)
     
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    Peter, there is only one solution, smuggle them out of the country to a safer home. I'm willing to grant them asylum here in Austra.. wait, my givernment would love to crush them. :( I implore you to build a priest hole and keep them well hidden from fanatics like CraigC. :)
     
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    On a more serious note, congratulations on several excellent finds in as many days. Thank you for the excellent photos, its the next best thing to seeing them in the steel.
     
  8. MagnumDweeb

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    I haven't been able to find any .38/44s round this way cheap enough to convert. When you break the $400 mark, it's time to just bite the leather and spring the extra $400 (because after the spare barrel and cylinder you aren't far off). Besides I thought S&W wasn't real liberal with their heat treating process, so wouldn't putting .44 special through a .38/44 just be asking for trouble (unless you are going to stay inside cowboy shooting levels).
     
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