Special 38-44 Heavy Duties

The next gun pictured is a Model of 1950 "Light Lug" Heavy Duty.  It features the 4 line address on the right side of the frame; ejector rod knob that is the same size as the rod; short action and new style hammer and trigger; and new checkered walnut magna grips.  It is unique in that it does not have an ejector shroud which has been ground off by hand.  This gun was one of a 12 gun shipment which was shipped from the factory on August 8, 1960 to H.H. Harris Co., Chicago, Illinois.

The Heavy Duty pictured was shipped from the factory on April 23, 1940 to Police Department, Town of Stratford, Connecticut.  It was shipped with a 5 inch barrel, blue finish and checkered walnut Magna grips.  It is now configured as a 38/44 "Pinto".  The beautiful metal work was done by the master craftsman, Gene Williams.  The georgeous ivory magna grips were crafted by Don Collins.

The next gun pictured was shipped from the factory on March 21, 1938 to Imperial Hardware Co., El Centro, California.  It is unique in that it is chambered in .45 Colt.  The gun was shipped with a 5 inch barrel, blue finish and checkered walnut Magna grips.  It now wears Roper style rosewood target grips.  Pictured used by permission of Jim Fisher

The Heavy Duty pictured was shipped from the factory on January 28, 1958 to Gopher Shooters Supply Co., Faribault, Minnesota.  It was shipped with a 5 inch barrel, nickel finish and checkered walnut magna grips.  The full coverage engraving was done by American Master Craftsman, Neil Hartliep.  Neil Hartliep normally engraved high grade shotguns and rifles.  He usually engraved handguns for customers who were having long guns engraved.  Neil authored the NRA's manual on how to engrave.

The Heavy Duty pictured was shipped from the factory on May 26, 1935 to Wolf & Klar, Fort Worth, Texas.  It was shipped with a 5 inch barrel, blue finish and checkered walnut grips.  there were 10 ea in the shipment.  The full coverage engraving was done by an engraver in the pawn shop style, much like was seen on guns from Wolf & Klar.  It wears silver magna grips.  It is not known if this was engraved at Wolf & Klar.

The Heavy Duty pictured was shipped from the factory in September, 1934 with a 5 inch barrel, blue finish and checkered walnut grips.  The full coverage engraving was done in Germany.  Picture used by permission of David Carroll.