hwjhfs, I would guess that yours was just sitting on a shelf at the factory and was just shipped randomly. Of course, my opinion and a buck will get you an iced tea at McDonalds...
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This is a 44 Special Hand Ejector in the 45xxx serial number range. It was used by a Deputy Sheriff and Chief of Police in Alice, Texas. In 1948, when Lyndon Johnson stole the Senate Election with 200 Illegal Votes in the Infamous "Box 13" Scandal, this Chief of Police was pictured in newspapers guarding that box. Smith & Wesson's records show that this revolver was shipped Sept 6, 1935 to Geo. Potchernick Sporting Goods in San Antonio, Texas.
In 1977 one Luis Salas "seeking peace of mind" confessed to having a major role in stealing the election for Johnson. The ultimate outcome was Johnson becoming a President that "changed the world", but not in a good way.
Centerfire Systems down in Kentucky had 3" Model 64 .38 spls recently for $399. I have long wanted a 3" K frame, so I ordered one. Turns out they were 64-7s, with the dreaded "IL" or lock. I removed the lock and all of its infernal parts, and installed a plug supplied by a vendor out in Arizona, and put on a set of Altamont's boot grips. These were apparently imported from a foreign, probably European police department. Mine fits in the "carried much, shot little" category. Very tight lockup. Enough weight that it is a real pleasure to shoot. We'll see if I can keep it. I was never able to live with the darn hole in the side of the gun before, but with the really slick and sturdy plug in place, maybe I can come to terms with it!! I've been able to accept the MIM parts, so there may be hope.
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Just got this from my best shooting buddy yesterday. Unfired 1984 Smith M29-2 .44 magnum. Even though I’m a part-time Alaska guy, that wasn’t my attraction to it.....I love the partridge sight with gold bead. I’ve never seen one on a M29. I put them on most of my S&W’s from .22 to .357s. Couldn’t resist when I saw it on this gun. Put 100 .44 Specials through it yesterday; it shoots great.
I found this in my safe the other afternoon.
I sorta forgot I had it.
It is a pleasant surprise.