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Today, I picked up a Smith & Wesson model 1905 Hand Ejector made in 1914! The blueing is mostly gone but there is no rust or pitting. The gun locks up tight on all six chambers. There are some nicks and scratches but this is a 104 year old service revolver. I think it's earned them! Lord only knows the life this gun has lived and the stories it could tell. I know the steel in these older guns was not hardened and I will never shoot commercial ammo through it. I hope to find some time to get out and shoot soon. I will post a full range report when I do. Enough of my yammering, here are some pictures. (Because I know that's what you opened the thread for!)


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Very nice! I love old S&W's.
 

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Your Hand Ejector is two years older than mine. They're great revolvers, you'll love it.
 

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I just realized I forgot to post the price! I got the gun and two HKS speed loaders for $225. If the gun turns out to be a good shooter I'm thinking about sending it back to S&W for refinishing at some point.

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I would leave it just the way it is. It won't really be any more valuable if refinished, and you'll just be messing with history. The gun is just fine with any non +P factory ammo. 38 spl is a pretty low pressure round, and it's what the gun was made to shoot. Of course if you reload and can feed it mouse-flatulence loads, so much the better.
 

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Nice! But I would suggest not refinish. It should be able to be proud of its history.
 
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I read the title of the thread, got all excited, and thought I was going to see a picture of a Pacer!

Oh well, maybe next time.

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It would be neat to display in a shadow box. Would really be neat to have some old cartridges too.

Nice find. :rating10:
 

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When you slowly pull back the hammer for a single action shot, does it sound like you are winding a Swiss Watch???
 

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Well, considering it's age, I would say it looks pretty good!
 

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It really is in remarkable shape for its age. The fact that the action is as tight as it is tells me this was most likely handled frequently, but rarely shot. I won't go crazy at the range, but this gun will certainly see a few rounds on each range trip.

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Nice old revolver.
 
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