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I just inherited this .44 Sepecial target pistol from my late father. I can't find it in the latest Blue Book. Serial number 178XX. Any ideas?
Would need to know the manufacturer and model. Picture?
N-frame? Model of1950? like Johnny said.
Smith and Wesson....looks like a K Frame. 6'" barrel with factory target sights
I don't believe it is going to be a .44 Special on a K frame. What are the markings under the crane?
It looks like a Smith and Wesson Model 24 on the GA website, but it has no model number stamped on it.
pre model 1950 N frame most likely, it might be possible for it to be a Mod 3 if it is a top break (unlikely though).
Serial number 178XX would be for a .44 Hand Ejector 2nd Model manufactured around 1921. If it is a Target Model (Partridge front sight on a raised and pinned boss with adjustable rear sight) it is worth two to three times more than the standard 6.5” Hand Ejector. There is a premium for 4” or 5” standard .44 Hand Ejector.
A post war S&W would have a letter prefix in the serial number.
Ref: Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson 3rd Ed. Page 159
You have one of the S&W .44 Hand Ejectors. If it has an adjustable rear sight it's the model 4 target model. Only about 5,050 of these were made between 1950 and 1966.
gwp is correct as I didn't notice the serial number before.
Thanks guys.....Looks like I got a keeper!
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