663. Rare Smith & Wesson Model 1955 Hand Ejector Target Revolver

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serial #S160657, 45 ACP / AR, 6 1/2" heavy barrel with an excellent bore. This 1956 made five screw revolver features a unique proprietary flat "W" shaped combination mainspring and rebound slide spring. Research has not uncovered if this was a brainchild of Mr. Rauch or one of his numerous industry contacts. Most likely the goal was to reduce the spring pressure on the rebound slide to help reduce trigger pull and maintain reliability on the reset. This interesting snapshot of revolver development is in great condition with about 98% factory blue remaining. It exhibits light high edge wear, turn ring on the cylinder and few light handling marks. The .500" target hammer and .500" serrated target trigger retain bold case-hardened colors with light operational wear. The unmarked diamond checkered walnut factory target grips rate excellent with light handling wear. All appropriate parts are correctly numbered to the gun. The gun features factory black blade micro adjustable rear sights and Patridge front sight. The revolver should be easily returned to original condition if so desired with the addition or replacement of the rebound slide spring, strain screw and mainspring. The five-screw version of the model 1955 was only made for one year before the upper sideplate screw was deleted. (88100-100) {C&R} [Walter "Walt" Rauch Collection] (1000/1500) SOLD FOR $1,150.00

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