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Lot 564: Smith & Wesson .357 Registered Magnum Double Action Revolver

Auction Date: September 10, 2021

Exceptional Well-Documented Smith & Wesson .357 Registered Magnum Double Action Revolver with Extremely Scarce Tall Sights, Factory Letter and Box

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $10,000 - $18,000

Exceptional Well-Documented Smith & Wesson .357 Registered Magnum Double Action Revolver with Extremely Scarce Tall Sights, Factory Letter and Box

Manufacturer: Smith & Wesson
Model: Registered Magnum
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 357 magnum
Barrel: 6 inch solid rib
Finish: blue
Grip: walnut
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Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 378
Class: Curio & Relic Handgun

The first production firearms chambered for the .357 Magnum cartridge, the Registered Magnum set a new standard in firepower and accuracy. Each Smith & Wesson Registered Magnum was built to the specifications of the buyer, then registered by number to the owner by Douglas Wesson himself, the then Vice President of Smith & Wesson. This particular Registered Magnum, number 2041, features non-standard tall sights. These sights, which are documented in the included factory letter, are a Call gold bead 1/8 inches higher than standard and an adjustable square notch 1/8 inches higher than standard. To the best of our knowledge this is the only known example with this type of sight configuration. The factory letter also confirms the barrel length, registration number, and Magna stocks. The revolver was shipped to Kruse Hardware Co. of Cincinnati, Ohio, for Howland's Gun Store, Inc. on March 8, 1937. It has standard S&W markings with "REG. 2041" on the yoke, matching serial numbers on the butt, cylinder, ejector shroud and right grip panel. The assembly number "8103" is stamped on the yoke and crane. This is one of only 839 Registered Magnums manufactured with a 6 inch barrel. Other documents (photocopies) related to this revolver include the Howland's Gun Store, Inc. specification letter to S&W listing the special sights, the S&W order form listing the special sights, S&W order received notification letter to Kruse Hardware Co., S&W order received notification letter to Howland's Gun Store, Inc. and invoice listing the special sights. The Type II box carries the illustration of a Magnum fitted with Magna stocks. The box retains the small white label on the bottom that is numbered to a different gun (52872/R-2554"). Provenance: Ray Cheely Collection, Chad Gripp Collection

Rating Definition:

Excellent plus. The revolver retains over 99% original blue finish showing a cylinder drag line. 99% plus original case colors remain on the hammer and trigger. The grips are excellent with extremely limited minor handling marks and sharp checkering. Mechanically excellent. The box is very good showing overall wear and much of the illustration remaining. An exceptional example of a .357 Registered Magnum revolver with well-documented special order extra tall sights for the most serious Smith & Wesson collector. A S&W Magnum collection cannot be considered complete without this one-of-a-kind revolver!

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