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    A Pair of Target Revolvers from the 1930's

    I have been able to find two revolvers that belonged to A.J. Palmer who was a champion target shooter from Connecticut during the 1930s. The first revolver is a New Service Target that was shipped in 1938 and chambered in .44 Russian. This was specially ordered since that caliber was combined with the .44 Special in 1913 and all were dual marked from that point on. Mr. Palmer was very particular however and wanted to shoot only the .44 Russian cartridge so he ordered the gun so it was chambered for just that cartridge. The gun was fitted with a special set of stocks. The second revolver is a Shooting Master chambered in .38 Special and fitted with a high blade front sight and a Micro adjustable rear sight. It is also equipped with a set of wrap around Roper stocks.




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    Cam,

    Two great additions to your New Service collection. I see another Rampant Colt article! Did Roper craft the NS target stocks?

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    Looks Great!
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    Beautiful revolvers!
    Do you have any info to share on the owner? Googling AJ Palmer or Andrew J Palmer JR doesn't bring anything up.
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    The Roper stocks with the medallion are over the moon cool.
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    Cam,
    Does the New Service Target actually have a special order 5 1/2" barrel or is it 6" and the letter is in error? As you know the standard NS Target barrel was 7 1/2" with a very few made with 6" barrels. These are the only barrel lengths I have ever seen on the Target model. If the barrel is indeed 5 1/2" it would have been a special order feature and very, very rare if not unique.
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    Beautiful guns Cam and great history on them too.
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    Beautiful Cam! Would love to see an article on Mr Palmer and his custom revolvers.
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    A Outstanding Pair of Target Revolvers with provenance to champion shooter Mr. A.J. Palmer...

    A historically significant purchase worthy of a museum !!

    Congrats Cam !!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick Bowles View Post
    Cam,

    Two great additions to your New Service collection. I see another Rampant Colt article! Did Roper craft the NS target stocks?
    While they look like Ropers I can't make that connection.
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