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Lot 498: Smith & Wesson .44 Hand Ejector 3rd Model Transitional Revolver

Auction Date: December 3, 2021

Rare Smith & Wesson .44 Hand Ejector 3rd Model Post-War Transitional Double Action Revolver with Scarce 6 1/2 Barrel and Factory Letter

Estimated Price: $5,500 - $8,000

Rare Smith & Wesson .44 Hand Ejector 3rd Model Post-War Transitional Double Action Revolver with Scarce 6 1/2 Barrel and Factory Letter

Manufacturer: Smith & Wesson
Model: 44 Hand Ejector
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 44 S&W special
Barrel: 6 1/2 inch solid rib
Finish: blue
Grip: walnut
Stock:
Item Views: 290
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 294
Class: Curio & Relic Handgun
Description:

Also known as the 1926 Model .44 Target, the .44 Hand Ejector 3rd Model (Postwar-Transitional) Target revolvers were manufactured from 1946 to 1949 with only 50-75 units reported to have been produced. Matching serial numbers on the butt, cylinder and ejector shroud. The accompanying factory letter confirms the 6 1/2 inch barrel, Patridge front sight, adjustable rear sight, blue finish and checkered walnut Magna grips. This rare example was shipped on March 21, 1947 and delivered to Lou Eppinger Co., Detroit, MI.

Rating Definition:

Excellent, retaining 97% original blue finish with some muzzle and high edge wear and cylinder drag line. Nearly all original case colors remain on the hammer and trigger. The slightly undersized replacement grips are fine with a few blemishes in the checkering. Mechanically excellent. One of the rarest post-war S&W target models.



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