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Old 01-04-2017, 12:04 PM   #1
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I snagged this one by being in the right place at the right time several years ago. Here's what happened. Being retired for the past 18 years and having a lot of time to spare, I spend a lot of it hanging out at the LGS and helping my friend who owns the shop and help him out when an old gun comes in...I only live about 2 miles away...the only gun shop in the very small town where I reside. About 5 years ago a young fellow came in with an old S&W that he wanted to trade for one of the plastic fantastic pistols as I call them. My friend asked me what I thought. There was a star on the butt with the serial number which indicated that it was returned to the factory for some kind of service. I knew it was an early S&W 1905 4th change but it had a 2" barrel which didn't come along until the 1930's. The shop owner didn't want to take it in on trade and asked me if I would be interested...I looked it over very well and after seeing that all numbers matched...even on the 2" barrel, I was sure it was sent back to S&W for a barrel replacement. I gave the young man $ 150 and he put it towards a new Bersa 380. I sent away for a letter to confirm the barrel was done by S&W. This old girl will be 100 years old this year and yes she does get some range time. I just love the old guns. Rich

S&W 1905 4TH CHANGE
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Old 01-04-2017, 01:53 PM   #2
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You done good!
It sure helps that you have a good eye, and are knowledgeable about what you're lookin at.
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Old 01-04-2017, 01:58 PM   #3
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That's a real beauty, Rich. Isn't it amazing how revolvers really haven't changed all the much in 100 years? Oh, sure, new chamberings and cartridges, new ways and materials to produce them, but a Smith is still a Smith. You still load them the same, you still unload them the same and you still shoot them the same. I like some history with my guns and revolvers have that, big time.
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NCG, I totally agree having been fooling with these things for better than 50 years now. Honest wear and patina that comes from use but not abuse is a plus for me. I know it's a common saying "if only it could talk" but what a history lesson they could give to the younger generation that are not being taught history anymore...just sayin.

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I only had a chance to work a bit with a long action once but it makes me lust after every one of these beautiful old revolvers when I see them.
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How anyone could happily let that go to get a Bersa is beyond me.
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