This 1950 Target 45 with a rare 5-inch barrel is one of eight shipped. It letters with target stocks. I believe the 5-inch barrel is one of the best lengths made by S&W. It is unfortunate the 44 Magnum and 1950 Target 44 were not cataloged in this barrel length.
Bill, that's a dandy!
My two favorite target guns (I actually use 'em every week) are 6-1/2" M-1950 .45 Targets.
Always could do a whole lot better with those than the M-1955 'heavy barrel'.
I'm with you on that 5" barrel.
In my world, the accuracy of my 5" .357's is just as good as with longer tubes, and there is (for me) less 'barrel wavering'.
Another great photo!
Another rare and beautiful revolver! I have to agree with you on the 5" barrel as I have a 27-2, 5" blue, that I just can't let go! :mrgreen: It is a very easy barrel length to pack and shoot. My 5" loves 140gr JHPs!
nice revolver when was it shipped. and is it 45 ACP or 45 Colt.
I heard there were a few 1950 5 inch made in 45 colt and also in 45 ACP,
I have one of the 1955 in 5 inch it is one of 9 made.
I had a chance to hold a 1950 in 5 inch and 45 colt it is owned by
one of our members.
I have been looking at a 1950 for about 6 months. Drew and I even looked the gun over together last Summer. The gun is perfect, with one exception. The cylinder is not marked to the gun. Drew and I both felt the cylinder was chamfered differently ahead of the cylinder flutes, more like a 1917. The gun has the correct stocks and every other item is in order. We checked to see if it was still .45 ACP and not a rebored cylinder to 45 Colt.
So unless the original cylinder was swapped out or lost I have no clue what has taken place in the last half century. The gun is such a rare Ezra that I am still willing to take a chance on it. But the dealer is asking full value...
You can dicker with the dealer and make a lo ball offer, the dealer will take advantage of you.
You can post a WTB in the classifieds, your friends will know you are desperate and take advantage of you.
You can go to an awful lot of gunshows and hope to find one.
Can you get some detailed pics of the cylinder? There is no shortage of opinions on this forum and someone may be able to compare the pic to a known gun.
I have a 45 Cal. Model 1950 in .45 ACP S1232XX. I can take a couple detailed pics of my cylinder and sent to you. My cylinder is numbered to gun. Be a day before I have time to do this. [email protected]
The cylinder is all wrong and highly beveled at the end of the flutes. In outdoor light, the bluing is slightly different. It won't pass muster. But the gun is such a rare one that I might just buy it anyway. I know of a cylinder to restore it and would make sure everyone and their brother knew that it had been replaced.
So opinions please, is the 99% gun with the wrong cylinder worth the $1500 asking price...
Giz...If the gun letters as a 1950 Target 45 with a 5-inch barrel it is well worth $1500. You can always have a "correct" cylinder fitted to it if you want it restored. To a collector of 1950 Targets (kind of rare themselves), the 5-inch barreled guns are seldom seen and command prices in excess of $7500. The one pictured is 99 percent and valued at more than that. A 1950 Target with a 5 1/2-inch barrel and in 99 percent condition would be worth twice the price I quoted above.