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Over in the "new" revolver room there is a thread about the .44 Spl. I thought it might be OK to start one here which could show some of the ancestors of those fine guns.

This Triple Lock shipped in the first year of production (shipped June 1, 1908) so it will soon celebrate it's 101st birthday.

It was beautifully refinished sometime in the distant past. Here it is wearing a pair of beautiful old elephant ivory grips which are probably almost as old as the gun.





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#1) A 2nd. Mod. HE with British proof marks.It appears to be unfired but does have a few handling marks (less than that you might expect from a 80 yr. old gun that has crossed the sea a couple of times).Bright crisp bore ans dark blue recoil shield.



#2)Blue 5" 1926.Stag grips.



#3) Nickle 4" 1926.Need to letter this one since the ser.# 232XX is below what is the stated ser.# range for the 3rd. Mod.Genuine ivory grips.



#4)1950 .44 Target 6.5".Keith Brown Ropers.



#5) 1950 44 Target 5" that the seller told me had been cut.Reasonable price shooter..

 

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Guys, those are all beautiful guns!

buffalo4star,
Man, that's a line-up!!

I have but one pre-war .44 Special...picked this one up yesterday.
Bob

 

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Well, I posted this in a group on the other section, but I'll put 'er up here with more detail.

.455 HE (Canadian), converted to .44 (barrel and cylinder replaced) target. King relfector gold bead up front and an express "V" on the rear. Still has the lanyard loop. It has a very short DA that I've always been curious about. Being it's a British Common Wealth gun, I believe it has the same guts as a TL (anyone help me out here), so don't know if its been modified or (having never handled a TL) if they all had a short DA throw. Anyhow, here she is with a set of beat up targets I modified to allow use of the loop (they look worse in person).



 

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Coug,
A beautiful gun...
Obviously someone's specially-modified target piece.
The Triplelock is a shrouded-ejector rod model with a third 'lock' built into the shroud.
Action-wise, a shorter-than-normal action would generally be evidenced by another hammer-stud location on the gun's left side.
I'll see if I can find and post a photo of the third lock I took some time ago.
That gun of yours is a real 'keeper'.
Don
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No, not thinking this is a Triplelock. Only that I've been led to believe it has the trigger/hammer and associated guts of a TL due to being a British contract gun. Question really is 1) if this is true 2) If this accounts for the shortened action. I've had the side plate off, and it looks much different than what I had expected. I'll pull it apart this evening and make a new post as to not highjack this one any further.
 

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Coug- Looks like an extensively modified Second Model to me. The Second Model was in response to English military dislike of the shrouded ejector found on the First Model (TL). The Brits bought a bunch of those.
 

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Coug,
The Triplelock's ejector-rod mechanism works 'opposite' of any other hand ejector, and the cylinder-diameter and internal frame dimensions are different from a 2nd Model.
Like SP, I believe it's a modified (nicely!) 2Nd Model.
Don
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Hi, Mike...
Absolutely not.
After a gazillion years as a 'deep south' police gun, the old girl got a very nice Smith & Wesson refinish in 1967.
Obviously, the last 41 years have been a whole lot easier on the finish! :lol:
Don
 

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Have in the past had a nickel 4-inch and a 5-inch gun like your nice one Mitch but swapped them away. Their nickel finishes were a bit raggy. Shame on me for trading the 4-inch especially. I really liked it and it was a useful gun that could be enjoyed without fear of diminishing it's finish.

Posted several times in the past on various forums, here's my grandpappy Model of 1926 from March of 1932. Shown with his strong, lanky grandson Model 29-2 from 1980

 

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Wow fellas...nice ole 44's! I wish I had one of these to add to the lineup...guess I'll have to just look and be satisfied with your beauties for now..
 
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