It's finally here. I found, on one of the gun sales web sites, a 1981 vintage S&W model 24 round butt, 3" gun in 44 special. Just had to have it with my birthday coming up. Anyway, the wife took another night job so I could afford to buy it and it got to town yesterday. The FBI made me wait another day, something about somewhere way back when, but I can pick it up today. Whoopie!!
These guns were part of an order by big S&W distributor Lew Horton, a quantity of about 2500 guns and until the recent square butt guns were made, it was the last run of the model 24, 44 spcl. Well the 44 spcl has always been special to me and I have found that the shorty magnum revolvers don't really offer magnum performance, just magnum noise and recoil. When the barrel is short the case needs to be short also. Now this is no flimsy light weight. Nor is it one of the new exotic metal ultra whiz-bangers. It is just that wonderful S&W super blue steel and a pair of rosewood combat grips. I think the grips are original but if not I do happen to have a set of Eagle boot grips for the round butt, just laying around. And of course, in anticipation of this little jewell's arrival, I have already ordered a Milt Sparks PMK belt holster for this one. I also ordered a matching holster for the wife's little 2 1/2" model 19, which she stole from me after taking a lady's pistol class here in town. It seems she took a liking to the revolver.
Anyway, this is one of those multi role carry guns. It could be used for social occasions or for a strole along the river to look for bear tracks. This requiring only a swap of ammo. It does offer good concealabilty under a jacket with the rounded butt and short barrel but still gives a full sized gun feel in a full sized caliber. It can be safely and rather mildly loaded to exceed the 45 ACP's performance even in this short tube. It will also work well with the 240-265 grain WFN style hard cast loads that exceed the effectiveness of all the lesser bore sizes. No it isn't a mag and can never be but it is a nice package and it can be a very persuasive tool for man or beast.