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    38/44 Heavy Duty

    Shipped on October 28th, 1935 and delivered to Bob Smith Sporting Goods Co. , Boston, MA... Factory records indicate it was shipped with a 5 inch barrel, blue finish, and checkered walnut grips...





    Unfortunately, the original grips are no longer with the gun. The set of Jay Scotts that are currently on it will disappear as soon as I find a pair of period correct ones...

    Giz

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    Re: 38/44 Heavy Duty

    Congratulations on a fine acquisition, Giz!
    I still think those 38/44's were the strongest, best-built guns ever!
    Now you'll have another 'hobby'...finding a nice set of period-correct grips.
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    Re: 38/44 Heavy Duty

    Yep, that's a nice one. A five inch barrel, too.

    It's gonna look mighty lonesome in amongst all those Rugers.
    The last Boy Scout.

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    Re: 38/44 Heavy Duty

    Nice find, Giz!







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    Re: 38/44 Heavy Duty

    Real nice, Giz. Now the fun starts......finding those period correct grips. Were they checkered Service Stocks? In the mean time, those J Scott grips look mighty fine, and.....not out of place, either!!!! Bob
    When you want the BEST! Bob

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    Re: 38/44 Heavy Duty

    Bob,

    The letter said that it was shipped with checkered walnut grips. I love that one... I've seen flame wars started over what to call them ... Stocks or Grips. S&W called it the Stocking Department so I always went with the Stocks side of the argument. But here Roy Jinks called them grips...

    Go and figure!

    giz

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    Re: 38/44 Heavy Duty

    Beautiful find, they shoot great too.

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    Re: 38/44 Heavy Duty

    Giz: You have shown a lot of really nice S&W's here in the forum, and
    you continue to impress with this latest acqusition.

    When I hear or read about a "Combat Revolver", I instantly picture a fixed sight, pre-war, 3rd model hand ejector.
    The round front sight and shrouded ejector rod housing, along with the flat hammer, give what I consider pleasing lines, along with perceived sturdiness.

    I prefer the 5 inch barrel, even though collectors pay more for the scarce 4 inch specimens. The 5 inch probably filled a lot more police holsters.

    Good luck on your quest for original grips/stocks. And congrats on a
    Duesy of a 38/44 HD; sort of the Duesenberg of the S&W 38's.

    The only thing that could pass a Duesenberg was another Duesenberg, the only thing that can surpass a 38/44 HD is another 38/44 HD.

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    Re: 38/44 Heavy Duty

    Giz, You know how that goes..... S&W isn't consistent on anything it did in the past. They may have used some left over "stocks" from a previous model! Not to fret though.......even those
    Jay Scott "stocks" look good to me. Bob
    When you want the BEST! Bob

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    Re: 38/44 Heavy Duty

    Quote Originally Posted by Gizamo
    Bob,

    The letter said that it was shipped with checkered walnut grips. I love that one... I've seen flame wars started over what to call them ... Stocks or Grips. S&W called it the Stocking Department so I always went with the Stocks side of the argument. But here Roy Jinks called them grips...

    Go and figure!

    giz
    Tomato, tomahto...


 
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