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paul_the_welder  [Team Member]
1/21/2011 9:39:11 PM
I posted this in general but what the heck. I put some WWB through this thing today. It shoots like a cadillac. Action is so freakin smooth. I just wish it had adjustable sights. It shoots an couple of inches to the right at about 20-25 yards. Not to bad , but I would like to get it dead on. I really wanna get into reloading so I can stoke up some 38-44 HV . I would love to feel this thing come alive with some hot loads. It feels like a .22 with the WWB target loads.


danc46  [Team Member]
1/21/2011 9:58:39 PM
Nice revolver!!!!!
Let someone else try shooting it and see if it's you or the gun as far as the sights being off.
Sometimes a change of stocks can make a difference too.
Sockrotter  [Team Member]
1/21/2011 10:16:50 PM
I saw the original thread the other day, but I just now realized that your HD is probably a pre WWII gun; it's got the old long action, which is nice if you like shooting double action.
paul_the_welder  [Team Member]
1/21/2011 10:59:50 PM
Originally Posted By Sockrotter:
I saw the original thread the other day, but I just now realized that your HD is probably a pre WWII gun; it's got the old long action, which is nice if you like shooting double action.


Really? I thought it was post war. hmm interesting. I need someone with a S&W book.


Edit: After studying the pictures I'm almost sure it's a post war transition. Notice the hammer is curled down. But the grips are alot higher than the pre war models and the actions look longer. I'm guessing between 1946 and 1950 model.
Post war transition
danc46  [Team Member]
1/21/2011 11:10:17 PM
I've got the 3rd edition. Send me the serial number, less the last 3 digits.
JohnRippert  [Member]
1/21/2011 11:11:13 PM

According to my 3rd Edition the post war Heavy Duty's have a S-prefix serial number.
paul_the_welder  [Team Member]
1/21/2011 11:15:51 PM
Originally Posted By JohnRippert:

According to my 3rd Edition the post war Heavy Duty's have a S-prefix serial number.


Dan's book says 1949-1950. So post war transition ! Awesome. Thanks Dan
Sockrotter  [Team Member]
1/21/2011 11:30:06 PM
That's even better.
danc46  [Team Member]
1/21/2011 11:33:11 PM
Originally Posted By paul_the_welder:
Originally Posted By JohnRippert:

According to my 3rd Edition the post war Heavy Duty's have a S-prefix serial number.


Dan's book says 1949-1950. So post war transition ! Awesome. Thanks Dan


Anytime, bro!
Lumpy196  [Team Member]
1/21/2011 11:49:49 PM
Is the finish NP3?
paul_the_welder  [Team Member]
1/22/2011 12:13:32 AM
Originally Posted By Lumpy196:
Is the finish NP3?


I don't know. The guy I got it from said Armorcoat. It's a smooth finish. Seems very hard. I like it alot. .
captain127  [Member]
1/22/2011 9:40:24 AM
refinished so it has zip collector value- will be a great shooter. since it is a 5 screw with the screw at the top of the frame there was a product available years ago (don't know if they are still made or where to find one) that is an adjustable rear sight that attaches using the top sideplate screw-no modification to the gun. Try some other loads too- sometimes poa for wind does move a little with different loads. A couple inches off at 25 with a fixed sighted gun isn't so bad anyway.
paul_the_welder  [Team Member]
1/22/2011 11:18:41 AM
I found this holster. What do yall think?

Holster
CQB27  [Member]
1/22/2011 2:19:32 PM
Originally Posted By paul_the_welder:
I found this holster. What do yall think?

Holster


A perfect fit, vintage holster for vintage shooter.
danc46  [Team Member]
1/22/2011 3:10:34 PM
I may have a SD Myres border type holster that might fit. I've only got about $30 in it and I'll let you have it for that if it fits.
Let me dig it out and see if my 4" Model 28 fits it.
(It's gonna take a while to dig it out.)
paul_the_welder  [Team Member]
1/22/2011 3:39:18 PM
Originally Posted By danc46:
I may have a SD Myres border type holster that might fit. I've only got about $30 in it and I'll let you have it for that if it fits.
Let me dig it out and see if my 4" Model 28 fits it.
(It's gonna take a while to dig it out.)


Sounds great !