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On July 20th, 1937, this 38/44 Outdoorsman's Revolver shipped to the D. W. King Sight Company, where it was modified to fill a special order.
It features the ribbed, grooved King Super Target rib, with a Sheard red-bead front sight.
The rib has a reflector base for the front sight.
Rear sight is a 'U'-shaped notch, with a white outline.
A trigger-stop (similar to the later S&W type) was also added.
The grips are the original magnas, with a relief on the left horn.
Smith & Wesson refinished this gun in 1969, and did a beautiful job.
A great example of the days when target shooters had fine custom work done by King.
Don
 

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Wow! Thats a beautiful revolver! Have you ever shot that one?
The stocks, do we know if the relief was a factory job or was it done at King?
 

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Don, that's a beauty. My must-have list is now longer by one.

David Wilson
 

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Don, that's absolutely beautiful!!

That's another one I'd like to see in person.. I guess I better plan a trip to Ohio soon!
 

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Don that sooooo nice,,, keeps giving me ideas....
my outdoorsman is in a state of disrepair right now.. still don't know what to do with it...
 

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That is awesome Don!! klgasilBRVO
 

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Hello Don
Funny you would show that Gun as I saw one almost Like it at the Annual S&WCA last week and I "Think" You and I may have been viewing it together ? That Gun also had the Trigger stop Like yours. Now I am wondering if King or S&W Placed the trigger stop's on them ? Regards, Hammerdown
 

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Hey, Hammer
The gun is, indeed, from the S&WCA annual meeting...David Carroll had it on display.
The trigger-stop was installed by D.W. King Sight Co.
Smith & Wesson's trigger-stops were wider, and they didn't appear until well after this gun was made.
That's a pretty new .357 you found, by the way.
Don
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Hey Don
Congratulations. It sure is a beauty. I thought it looked Familiar. L.O.L. Hammerdown
 

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Don, I find myself coming back to this thread over and over, just to look at the picture.. Absolutely beautiful!

I have a question though. Is the print on the rib a roll-stamp?

Also, in the pic it looks like the print is filled. Is it, or is it just the way the pic came out?

Either way, it's such a gorgeous revolver!
 

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The printing is indeed rollstamped.
Yes, it's filled...as is the '38 S&W Special ctg' rollstamp on the right side of the barrel.
Looked it up in my 1937 King catalog...
Cost new was $ 62.50.
WOW!
Don
 

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DHENRY said:
The printing is indeed rollstamped.
Yes, it's filled...as is the '38 S&W Special ctg' rollstamp on the right side of the barrel.
Looked it up in my 1937 King catalog...
Cost new was $ 62.50.
WOW!
Don
Hello Don
That was a Pricey gun considering in 1935 Registered magnums were $60.00 I bet there were very few sold at that Price, you have a Rare Piece. Too Bad the company has folded it would be Neat to know just how many of those actually were Built... Hammerdown
 

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DHENRY said:
On July 20th, 1937, this 38/44 Outdoorsman's Revolver shipped to the D. W. King Sight Company, where it was modified to fill a special order.
It features the ribbed, grooved King Super Target rib, with a Sheard red-bead front sight.
The rib has a reflector base for the front sight.
Rear sight is a 'U'-shaped notch, with a white outline.
A trigger-stop (similar to the later S&W type) was also added.
The grips are the original magnas, with a relief on the left horn.
Smith & Wesson refinished this gun in 1969, and did a beautiful job.
A great example of the days when target shooters had fine custom work done by King.
Don

Don-I like it, put me on the list for this bad boy. Jack
 
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