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Hello. I’m looking at potentially purchasing a pre-model 26. As you can see in the picture, it has a ramp front sight. Looking at the standard catalog, it says it came with a Partridge site. The majority of the pictures I see online have the Partridge site. Considering the serial number puts it at 1952 to 1953, is it possible that this could be the original factory site? I’ve read on other posts that the ramp site took over from the Partridge site sometime in 1952. But I’ve also seen pre-model 26s that were produced after 1952 that had the partridge sight. Any information that you could provide me would be very helpful. I appreciate it. Thanks Dan
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The front sight is pinned in place. It can or could have been replaced at anytime. The only sure way to tell is with a letter. IF it is original, it is a rather odd choice of front sight for a target revolver.

Also, what you are looking at is a Model 1950 .45 Target Revolver. No one knew they would be assigning numbers so it was not a “pre” anything.

I like mine, from February, 1956.

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A great shooter!

If you are not aware this was the first Target Model revolver offered in 45 ACP by the factory. All previous Target revolvers in 45 ACP were custom built either by the factory or private gunsmiths. It did not prove popular with the shooters and from 1950 until it was discontinued in 1961 only 2768 were built.

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Hey Dan,

Welcome to S&W!

What a FINE REVOLVER!!

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Thanks for the information Kevin and the welcome everyone! Looks like there’s a lot of good information on the site.

Would you agree there wasn’t an overall replacement of the Partridge site in 1952 and that the majority of the model 1950 .45 Target revolvers would’ve had the Partridge site unless ordered otherwise? If so, does having a non-standard site on a revolver affect the value? I believe the revolver is all numbers matching including the right grips and box.
 

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Welcome to the forums from the Wiregrass! Post a picture of the box label. It may show if the front sight was special ordered.
 

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Thanks for the information Kevin and the welcome everyone! Looks like there’s a lot of good information on the site.

Would you agree there wasn’t an overall replacement of the Partridge site in 1952 and that the majority of the model 1950 .45 Target revolvers would’ve had the Partridge site unless ordered otherwise? If so, does having a non-standard site on a revolver affect the value? I believe the revolver is all numbers matching including the right grips and box.
In my opinion, altered front sights indicate the owner was a shooter and wanted the revolver set up to be as near perfect, FOR HIM, as it could be. The revolver you posted is in very good to excellent condition, possibly unaired after it left the factory. In that case, a replacement part will effect the price and not positively. As I mentioned, an historian’s letter will indicate how it left the factory but they are $100.00 and slow to get.

You have not mentioned the asking price on this one. It may be a bargain and you are not realizing it. The one I showed it my post was gotten very inexpensively because the barrel is a replacement. The owner shot it with corrosive ammunition and shot out the barrel. He got a new 1950 barrel from the factory and had it installed.

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Welcome to the forum!

Look like a very nice Smith!
 
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