SOLD FOR: $1807
Make: Smith & Wesson
Model: .44 Hand Ejector 2nd Model, 5-Screw, Square Butt N-Frame
Serial Number: 20902
Year of Manufacture: 1924
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 top is marked “SMITH & WESSON SPRINGFIELD, MASS. U.S.A. / PATENTED DEC. 17.1901. FEB. 6. 1906. SEP. 14. 1909”, the right is marked “44 S.&W. SPECIAL CTG”, flanked by crosses. The butt of the grip frame, barrel flat, rear of the cylinder, rear flat of the yoke, and ejector star are marked with the serial number with the barrel flat marking preceded by “B”. The crane and cut are marked with inspection marks. The crane cut is marked with a U.S. eagle head over “2” inspection mark. The left of the frame has the S&W monogram logo. There are inspection marks on the sides of the grip frame.
Barrel Length: 6 1/2”, Pinned, with un-shrouded ejector rod.
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a rounded half-moon blade with a rectangular base, integral to the barrel. The rear sight is a “U” notch on the frame’s top strap.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are checkered walnut with smooth diamonds around the grip screw escutcheons. The butt of the grip frame has a lanyard ring. There are some scattered little compressions and draglines, most noticeable on the bottom faces. The most noticeable marks are on the bottom edge of the right panel. The checkering is strong. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in about Fine condition.
Type of Finish: Blued
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 90% of its metal finish. There are scattered spots of oxidation and frost. There are some small spots of finish loss from previous oxidation, most noticeable on the barrel. There are some little nicks and a few small hairline scratches. There is some thinning and finish loss on some of the edges. There is a mark on the sideplate around the front screw. There are a few little areas of finish loss, most noticeable on the topstrap. There is a turn line through the finish on the cylinder. The screw heads show light use. The markings are clear. Overall, this handgun rates in about Very Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The cylinder produces light side to side movement. The double action trigger pull is smooth, the single action is crisp. 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: None.
Our Assessment: This is Smith & Wesson’s .44 Hand Ejector 2nd model chambered in .44 Special. Smith & Wesson felt that the price of the 1st Model was too expensive so they elimiated the ejector rod shroud and the 3rd lock so that they could reduce the price. The revolver was made in 4, 5, and 6 1/2 inches an was available in blue or nickel finishes. This is a 6 1/2 inch model with a blued finish, service sights, and checkered walnut stocks. This one has a lot of finish remaining and it looks good considering its age. This one has rock solid mechanics and a great bore and with the build quality of these vintage revolvers should last a couple more lifetimes if properly cared for. Please see our photos and good luck!