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 Hartford Follower which was a casting or forging but they pretty quickly changed to a follower machined from bar stock.
When you say a you replaced the rear sight with a period correct one, was it one with the serrations on the bottom for the detent ball?
Hello John, 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... more
Model D type I-B John J. Stimson, Jr.,Sun May 6 16:57
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