Are you at the OGCA show? If so did you find a treasure?
Tonight I report on a Model "D" with a type "I-B" take down. This gun has a 6 3/4" barrel with a serial number of 42126 with both the slide and frame matching. Under the slide the last 3 digits are stamped in the groove just under the retracting rod and spring cavity roughly mid way. Same font and size as on front grip strap.
The slide is your "S4" and the frame is marked as your "FL3" with no markings on the right side. The top of the frame has a large "D" just behind the magazine well and just below the ejector is a "2" again same size and font as the serial number/s. No markings on the barrel or your "B1".
The magazine is an early two tone finger style small button and follower is cast metal black.
Front and rear sight have been molested to accommodate a shooter (Front top rear was plated or polished and rear notch was changed to a "U" shape vs. a square notch, I replace with NOS from my stock of parts) and I have replaced with period correct.
The firing pin has a round contact point.
All of the sight, grip, and lever screws are unmolested and this makes me happy as I see to many that have been damaged by using the wrong tool for the job.
Grips are your "A4" and it does have the trigger over travel screw. I did not receive any box or paper work with this gun.
After I give this one a bath and clean it properly it will be a very nice addition to my letter models.
I am not sure when this shipped but if it did when catalog numbers were assigned it would be a #9064.
Other then the sights being modified by a user I see nothing out of the ordinary with this one.
If I have failed to provide all of the data you are looking for please advise.
What do your records show with respect to this specimen?
Hello Tom, No gun show for me this weekend. 42,126 shipped as a model D on 6/23/1939 to J. E. Haseltine & Co. Are you sure the follower is a casting. The very early short frame gun used a modified... more
John, I am sorry I should have been more specific. With respect to the rear sight the base was fine I only had to replace the blade or part number 48. I had to loosen the screw under the slide to... more
John, There is one thing that bothers me about this Model "D" and that is the Barrel Lock Pin, It is longer than any I have seen and/or have on my other guns (Letter Model) At first I thought it... more
Hello Tom, At this late date we can only speculate about why that pis is so long. It is easy to change pins without it being detectable but it should only be necessary if the barrel is changed or set ... more
John, Thank you for your thoughts. There is no real GOOD reason the 2 sets of lengths are in the same envelop and I believe some one just combined 2 types (Different length.) The pin and barrel do... more
John, For what ever it is worth, In my stock of HS parts I have an envelope of the "Barrel lock Pin" and in that envelope is a batch of 85 pins. I measured these pins and came up with 2 groups,... more