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Smith & Wesson 38/44 HD Pre-War Revolver
  • .38 S&W caliber "high velocity"
  • 5" pinned barrel
  • HD Heavy Duty
  • Shroud ejector rod
  • 6 shot cylinder
  • Full coverage nickel plating is in mostly good condition but thinning to purplish color in cylinder flutes
  • N frame
  • Full coverage engraving
  • Backstrap marked "Geo F. Spencer Deputy Sheriff Greene Co. Mo."
  • Small S&W Trademark on left side of frame, Made in U.S.A. on right side
  • Fixed half moon front sight
  • Frame channel rear sight
  • Predecessor to .357 Magnum
  • Ivory grips with square butt
  • Gold washed trigger and checkered hammer
  • 80% overall condition
  • Made in 1932
  • 1 of 11,111 made from 1930-1941
  • Lock up is tight
  • Indexes correctly
  • Holster is Arno W. Brill of Austin Texas, open top brown leather with basket weave tooling, belt type ($300 value alone)
  • George W. Spencer who originally owned this gun became a deputy in Greene county Missouri in 1930s. He became a detective in Springfield and soon became Chief deputy in the 1940s. There is a rich history in newspaper archives in Springfield Missouri with him making high profile arrests
  • Serial number 39284XX

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