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    Before WWII there were 3 models of .44 Special. The first model -- called the triple lock -- was discontinued in 1915. The second model which eliminated the third lock and underlug was introduced in 1915. And, the third model -- also called the Model 1926 -- which reintroduced the underlug without the third lock upon the request of Wolff & Klar. The 2nd and 3rd models were sold concurrently, but the 3rd model wasn't cataloged until the late 1930's because it was special order only until then.
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    Name:  1938S7WCat44Mil.jpg
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Size:  597.9 KB In 1938 they were called the .44 and .45 Military. This probably originates with the great number of Springfield Armory inspected Model 1917 surplus frames that were available and used in the years between the wars.


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    Something maybe worth looking at (?) might be the Taurus 431. Although it is a 5 shooter it has mass and is a fixed sight proposition.
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    Thank you all, I like large bore revolvers, preferably some flavor of 45. The S&W N frame is what I am used to carrying so I will stick with my home built one. Just wish I could have had one of these 22-4s when I was wearing a badge. I like the looks of the fixed sighted revolver better than the adjustable ones and for duty, (i.e. one load), adjustables are really not necessary.
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    Quote Originally Posted by StrawHat View Post
    Thank you all, I like large bore revolvers, preferably some flavor of 45. The S&W N frame is what I am used to carrying so I will stick with my home built one. Just wish I could have had one of these 22-4s when I was wearing a badge. I like the looks of the fixed sighted revolver better than the adjustable ones and for duty, (i.e. one load), adjustables are really not necessary.
    Howdy StrawHat:

    I too am a fan of fixed sighted N Frames.

    Here's a pair of modified 1917's in .45 ACP (2nd Model Hand Ejector)...

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    This one is a USBP Wolf & Klar Model of 1926 (3rd Model Hand Ejector)...

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    A relatively modern version of the Model 21 (A purdy thing with case colored frame)...

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    I agree with you about the fine looks of fixed sighted big frames, but the real world drawback is in speed of sight picture acquisition.......especially the earlier ones with the thin front sight.

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    The more I get to handle my brother's M22-4, the more I like it. I have done a bit of searching and find references to the Thunder Ranch Model and a Turnbull finished Model. I do not find any references for a 22-3, 22-2 or any other iteration. Was there another fixed sighted revolver besides the 1917 that chambered the 45 ACP?
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    Back in the day of drop pouches, reloading a revolver was a relatively slow process. I always thought the half moon clips for the 1917 was the answer for a sure and quick recharging a 6-shot revolver. Add the fact that the 45 ACP had a reputation as a better "man-stopper" than a 38 special. So StrawHat, I am agreed with you.
    One other factor that may also play a part was the intimidation factor of a large revolver. I carried an N-frame 357 and I had a few handcuffed rear seat passengers ask me "is your gun a magnum?"



    You would think that anyone looking at the business end of this revolver seeing those big hollowpoints in the cylinder, that they might be intimidated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StrawHat View Post
    The more I get to handle my brother's M22-4, the more I like it. I have done a bit of searching and find references to the Thunder Ranch Model and a Turnbull finished Model. I do not find any references for a 22-3, 22-2 or any other iteration. Was there another fixed sighted revolver besides the 1917 that chambered the 45 ACP?
    YES there was the Model 22 in 1957, 22-1 in 1960, 22-2 in 1961. 1966 model 22 discontinued. I can't find a model 22-3. the info comes from standard cat of S&W second edition.
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    Again, thank you for all the information and photos that have been shared.
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    An update to an old thread.

    Traded with my Brother and the 22-4 is now mine.

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    Way to bring back an old thread.
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