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I found this 1934 Shooting Master and decided to take the plunge. .38 Special with just a few handling marks. No original grips but it has been fitted with some very nice full target stocks. It looks like the bolt drop is a bit premature and has resulted in a small mark at the beginning of each cylinder groove, otherwise the timing is good and locks up tight.

Since the marks are already there is it OK to leave as is or should this go off to a gunsmith to correct the bolt drop?

Are the grips much more modern or are they possibly period? They are marked on the inside panel as being made by Herrett in Idaho. I would love to find some original grips but it seems like this could be mission impossible.

And thanks to JudgeColt and other members of the forum for posting information about this model, helped me make the decision to pull the trigger.

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Beautiful Shooting Master!

What a nice find!

Are the Stocks plastic? Or Wood?

Any Stocks for a New Service, are likely to be at least fairly old by now, since no further New Service were made after WWII, and, thus, the aftermarket 'Market' for Stocks of various kinds, for them, will have been dwindling, ever since.
 

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Thanks guys. The stocks are wood and quite large, with a cut out on the rear that reveals the checkered backstrap. I will try to take some better pictures with a camera (instead of my phone) in the next couple of days.
 

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The Shooting Master came in two frame configuration, round butt and the square butt. You will have to remove the grip and take pics to determine which one you have. The oversized target grips would conceal how the grip butt is shaped. So send those photos with any others you plan to take.
 

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Herret's is still making target stocks, custom to the buyer. Send a tracing of your hand and of the gun's buttstock, and a check, and some weeks later the custom carved stocks will arrive on your doorstep. I bought a set, and they really tighten up my groups. Herrett's is available online.

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Herret's is still making target stocks, custom to the buyer. Send a tracing of your hand and of the gun's buttstock, and a check, and some weeks later the custom carved stocks will arrive on your doorstep. I bought a set, and they really tighten up my groups. Herrett's is available online.

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Good to know!
 

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I will make sure to check the grip frame as well, I had the grips taken off when I purchased to check condition but do not recall which style frame.

Also there is a stamp E right near the serial number on the frame. Any significance to this E stamp?
 

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Thank you Judge, I was wondering what it meant. Also there is a 2 stamped on the grip frame, for what it is worth.

Well, I am apparently not a good photographer, here is a picture with the grips off. It looks to be a round butt model. Grips are actually cut for a square butt model although they fit very well on the gun. Grips are missing a sticker on the inside and still has a faded old sticker for Herrett's, Twin Falls Idaho.

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Normally the Colt final inspector was noted by a letter identification on the frame near the serial number. Those revolvers were know to have been "targeted", so is there a T on the frame above the serial number?
 
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