Smith & Wesson pre-29 5 screw .44 Magnum from the collection of gunwriter Ross Seyfried. Made circa 1956-57, serial number S161632 features a 4-inch pinned barrel with a red insert in the front ramp. The adjustable rear sight has a white outline, the cylinder is recessed and the trigger polished. Seyfried made the grips himself. CONDITION: The bore is strong and bright. The cylinder locks up with only minimal movement. Metal finish is approximately 90 percent, with minor thinning at the muzzle, a turning ring and some minor scratches. Grips are nearly 100 percent. PROVENANCE: Supported by an included letter from Ross Seyfried dated October 1, 2003, the pistol was purchased from Joe DeSaye in the mid 1970s. Fred Sadowski then tuned the action. Seyfried also signed the grips inside the right panel. (In the letter, Seyfried cited the correct yoke number, not the serial.) No box or papers are present. The price is firm and layaway is available. $4,000 plus shipping.
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