SOLD FOR: $2,176.00
Make: Smith & Wesson
Model: .44 Hand Ejector 4th Model Target a.k.a. Model of 1950 .44 Target a.k.a. Pre-Model 24, 5-Screw, Square Butt N-Frame
Serial Number: S131276
Year of Manufacture: 1954-1955 (Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson)
Caliber: .44 Special
Action Type: 6-Shot, Double Action / Single Action, Swing-Out, Fluted Cylinder Revolver
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “SMITH & WESSON”, the right is marked “44 S.&W. SPECIAL CTG.”. The inside of the ejector shourd, rear of the cylinder, rear flat of the yoke, and ejector star are serialized to the frame with the barrel flat and cylinder markings preceded by “S”. The crane and cut are marked “41640”, the cut is also marked with “U” and “3”. The sideplate has the S&W monogram logo, the right of the frame has the four-line marcas registradas address. The butt is marked with the serial numbe. The inside of the right grip panel is stamped “131 / 276”.
Barrel Length: 6 1/2”, Pinned, with shrouded ejector rod.
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a patridge blade integral to a serrated, ramped base fixed to the front of the barrel’s serrated rib. The rear sight is a square notch in a base adjustable for windage and elevation screwed to the topstrap.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece checkered walnut with S&W medallions and smooth diamonds around the grip screw escutcheons. There are a couple of very light marks on the bottom faces of the grips. Otherwise, there are only light handling marks. The checkering is sharp. There are no chips or cracks. The grips are in about Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue with Case Colored Hammer & Trigger
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 98% of its metal finish. There is a very small spot of wear on the left of the frame between the cylinder and trigger, a couple of light marks on the bottom of the trigger guard, three small marks on the sideplate and a very faint, incomplete turn-line on the cylinder, mostly not through the finish. Otherwise, there are only light handling marks. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this handgun rates in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The cylinder produces very little side to side play in full lockup in all 6 chambers with no measurable fore to aft play. The double action trigger pull is smooth, the single action is crisp. The barrel is pinned, the frame has 5 screws. We did not fire this handgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: Included is a gold-colored two-piece cardboard Smith & Wesson box with metal-reinforced corners, wax paper, bore mop and all-blued 9-row knurled screwdriver. The bore mop and screwdriver are in Excellent condition. The box has markings which correctly describe the revolver including the serial number faintly marked in grease-pencil on the bottom of the tray. The box has scattered wear on the interior and exterior with a tear at one end of the tray and a smaller tear in one of the long-sides at the edge. Overall, the box is in about Fair-Good condition.
Our Assessment: This is Smith & Wesson’s .44 Hand Ejector 4th Model Target, which was made in 1954-1955. During this period, Smith & Wesson revolvers came in gold-colored boxes and this revolver comes with its original box, S&W screwdriver and bore mop. The gun is in gorgeous condition with a great bore and only a few light marks in its otherwise stunning finish. For the dedicated S&W collector, this is a great find with serial matching parts and box in this kind of condition. You likely won’t see another like this for a long time. Please see our photos and good luck!
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This C&R handgun CAN be transferred as a dealer sale in California. This handgun CAN be sold as a Private Party Transfer (PPT) at our Simi Valley shop. All cartridge firing handguns (even C&R’s and antiques) sold to a California resident must be DROS’d. This does not apply to out of state residents.