EASY.Should it have diamond magnas or cokes?
Yes, it's a S127xxx 1954-5That gun shipped in 1954 - 1955. It would most likely have shipped with diamond magnas. Your gun became the Model 24 in 1957 when model numbers were assigned.
Ok not wanting to look ignorant, and the Newbee American..... what exactly does “handejector” mean? Style type or function?
I may be all BS with this explanation, but it seems to me that even the other frame sizes used the term "Hand Ejector". Keeping in mind that previously S&W utilized the flip-up and flip-down frames (bottom & top break for loading & unloading) and the new tip out cylinder design was referred to as a hand ejector.
It means that instead of the fast & effortless ejection of a top-break, the shooter using a S&W with the "new" side-swing cylinder had to do it manually, by hand--open the cylinder with the (counter-intuitive, push-forward) latch, then hit the ejector rod...by hand. Have always wondered why this was considered an "improvement" over the top-break.Ok not wanting to look ignorant, and the Newbee American..... what exactly does “handejector” mean?
That's true...but do we all shoot .44 Mags? Top-break design was strong enough for .455 Webleys, many of which were later converted to .45 ACP. How much more stopping power do you need (against human beings) than .45 ACP?Because a one piece frame is a lot stronger than a hinge and latch. I can't imagine how bulky a .44 magnum top break would be.