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Smith & Wesson 44 Special Hand Ejector ???

Discussion in 'Firearms Research' started by 4xfourfun, Jul 16, 2011.

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  1. 4xfourfun

    4xfourfun Member

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    Hello,

    Here is one other firearm I'm needing a little help with. This belongs to the same widow as the Krag rifle I posted.

    All of these guns haven't seen daylight since at least 1993. We found his firearm records book and he purchased this in the early 80's. I'm thinking it may have been refinished??? Because it looks to good??? What do you think? How much should I try to get for it?

    Serial # range is 26,xxx

    Thanks for any help/info in advance!

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  2. Radagast
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    S&W.44 Hand Ejector 2nd Model probably manufactured between 1915 & 1926, although its possible the frame sat on the shelf for years before being assembled.
    The grips are probably not original to the gun as that style was introduced in 1936. Take off the grips, the serial number of the gun they were made for should be on the inside of the left grip in grease pencil.

    Hi-res pics will be needed to tell if it is a reblue. if a factory re-blue there will probably be a star stamped on the butt. A factory reblue will not detract greatly from the value, if a non factory reblue it will drop the value. In 2006 the standard catalog of S&W gave a value of $1250 in excellent plus condition, but only $575 in very good condition.
     
  3. Old Fuff

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    Concerning the refinishing issue.

    Usually a refinished Smith & Wesson revolver will show extra ordinary wear to the colors in the case-hardened hammer and trigger, while the rest of the gun is near perfect, or the hammer and trigger will have been (incorrectly) reblued with the rest of the gun. This one would seem(?) to have little or no wear to the lockwork. Of course no determination can be made from the posted photographs, but I wouldn't discount the possibility of an original finish too soon.
     
  4. Dr.Rob

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    I need an S&W expert to chime in, but to me that one is a keeper, refinished or not.

    It's possible that it's original--the vintage grips appear to have some shrinkage.
     
  5. waidmann

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    I agree with all the above especially the comment concerning the grips. If you are trying to achieve the greatest (and fairest) return for a widow (and family friend?), then I would consider auction arms or gunbroker; penny start-no reserve-one week. I regularly watch the old N frames. It will sell in the last hour likely in the $500-$650 range (my best guess). And, you are off the hook for setting a price etc. You will see a number of folks placing wishful starts and reserves on this type firearm and watching them sit there. There is a healthy and somewhat educated interest in old N's. It will bring a good and fair price.
     
  6. Old Fuff

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    The stocks are early post-World War Two. The serial number would likely date the revolver to somewhere in the early 1920's (give or take).

    I wouldn't think that any "long-action" N-frame chambered in .44 Special, that was still in decent shape with a scarce 5" barrel would have a hard time finding a new home... :scrutiny:
     
  7. Jim K

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    Old Fuff is correct, the grips are post-WWII replacements. The gun has been reblued.

    It should be a good shooter, but its value is less to a collector than a gun in original condition.

    Jim
     
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