Smith & Wesson 44 Hand Ejector Series

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The Smith & Wesson 44 Hand Ejector Series and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:

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Specifications

(1907-1957)

Type: Revolver

Caliber: .44 S&W Special, .44 S&W Russian, .45 S&W Special, 44-40 Winchester, .45 Colt (only 21 known to be in exsistence), .450 Ely, .455 British, .38-40 Winchester

Capacity: 6 cartridges. Cylinder

Fire Modes: Double Action and Single Action

Barrel Lengths: 6.5 inches, 6 inches, 5.5 inches, 5 inches, 4 inches.

Sights: Target and Fixed

Finish: Blued and Nickle

44 Smith & Wesson 1ST Model "Triple Lock" (1907-1915)

S&W 44 Hand Ejector "Triple Lock". Nickle finish. Pearl grips.
Smith & Wesson "Triple Lock". Blued finish. - courtesy of Adams Guns.

The first large framed Smith and Wesson Hand Ejector model. Now referred to as an N frame revolver, but for many decades was known as the 44 frame. The .44 S&W Special was developed in conjunction with the revolver. The 1ST Model is called the Triple Lock due to the fact that it had three locks. The rear cylinder lock, the ejector rod lock and a frame mounted lock for the cylinder crane. It is identified by the ejector rod shroud. The Triple Lock was discontinued in 1915. See the Smith & Wesson Mk II Hand Ejector below for the reasons behind the design change.

Films

Title Actor Character Note Date
Tarzan of the Apes True Boardman John Clayton - Lord Greystoke 1918
Dillinger Geoffrey Lewis Harry Pierpont 1973
The Mummy Returns Brendan Fraser Rick O'Connel Possible .455 Version 2001
Road to Perdition Tom Hanks Michael Sullivan Nickel Plated 2002



44 Smith & Wesson 2ND Model (1915-1940)

Smith & Wesson 44 Hand Ejector 2ND Model. Target Configuration
S&W 44 Hand Ejector. 2ND Model. Military.

The 2ND Model began it's manufacturing history as the British Smith & Wesson Mk II Hand Ejector. The cylinder crane lock and the ejector rod shroud was eliminated. It's often mistaken for the smaller Smith & Wesson Military & Police Model. Other than the elimination of the ejector rod shroud and the Triple Lock it's mechanically identical to the 44 1ST Model. The other engineering change of note is that in the 1920's S&W began heat treating the cylinders making the cylinders stronger and able to withstand more powerful loads. A version of this revolver, modified to accept the .45 ACP round from the M1911 pistol was manufactured for the U.S. Military during WWI to supplement a (then) short supply of 1911 pistols, and was adopted and classified (Along with a similar Colt revolver) as the M1917 Revolver.

Films

Title Actor Character Note Date
The Desperate Hours Humphrey Bogart Glenn Griffin 1955
Bite The Bullet Jan-Michael Vincent Carbo Anachronistic 1975
Rolling Thunder Thug 1977
Adele Hasn't Had Her Dinner Yet Michal Docolomanský Detective Nick Carter 1978
The Aviator Rosanna Arquette Tillie Hansen 1985
The Aviator Christopher Reeve Edgar Anscombe 1985
Skinwalkers Rogue Johnston Grenier 2007


Video Games

Game Title Appears as Mods Notes Release Date
The Saboteur ".44 Pistol" has a target front sight and a fixed rear sight 2009


.44 Smith & Wesson 3RD Model "Wolf and Klar Model" (1926-1941)

.44 Smith & Wesson 3RD Model "Wolf and Klar Model".Grips are incorrect.

In 1926 Smith & Wesson reintroduced the ejector rod shroud due to a request from the Fort Worth, Texas gun-dealer Wolf and Klar. The Triple Lock design was not brought back due to cost and the realization that it wasn't actually necessary. The 3RD Model was manufactured simultaneously with the 2ND Model. The 3RD Model was special order only until 1940 when S&W listed it in the company catalog. Frequently mistaken for the 1ST Model "Triple Lock". Only 4,976 were manufactured between 1926-1941. Listed here for reference purposes.


Smith & Wesson Model of 1950 "Pre Model 21 & 24" (1950-1957)

Smith & Wesson Model of 1950. Target. - .44 S&W Special
Smith & Wesson Model of 1950. Military. - .44 S&W Special

In 1950 Smith & Wesson resumed production of the .44 revolver with significant engineering changes. Most notable is the full rib running along the top of the barrel on the Target version and the new "Short Action" (introduced 47/48) with the shorter trigger arc and the redesigned hammer. See the earlier models for the difference. In 1957 S&W began numbering its models. The Model of 1950 Target changed to the Smith & Wesson Model 24 and the Model of 1950 Military became the Smith & Wesson Model 21. As is obvious it's very easy to mistake the .44 Model of 1950 for any number of S&W (Post-World War II) N Frames. However they are listed here since it is entirely plausible that in a movie or television production (especially a historical piece) one might find the characters specifically referring to any of the above listed models.


Smith & Wesson Mk II Hand Ejector

Smith & Wesson Mk.I Hand Ejector - .455 Webley. Note shrouded ejector rod.
Smith & Wesson Mk.II Hand Ejector - .455 Webley

Between 1915-1918 S&W produced this particular model for the British government. The demands of WWI were so great that Webley could not make enough of the Webley Mk VI revolver. So both Colt and S&W produced revolvers chambered for the .455 Eley. The British liked the S&W Mk.I revolver, but reported that mud (a constant companion for the soldiers in the trenches of France) would get into the ejector rod shroud and make it difficult to close the cylinder.Similar reports were made about the cylinder crane lock - the third lock. It was decided that neither were necessary. So for economical and battlefield reasons S&W did away with the shroud and the cylinder crane lock. The redesigned model was called the MkII and would also be made as the M1917 Revolver to the United States military, chambered for the .45ACP cartridge from the M1911 pistol.


The Smith & Wesson Mk II Hand Ejector has been used in the following films:

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
The Sandpit Generals Kent Lane Bullet 1971
The Sandpit Generals Tisha Sterling Dora 1971
Raiders of the Lost Ark Harrison Ford Indiana Jones With shortened barrel and modified ramp sight 1981
Blue Desert D.B. Sweeney Steve Smith 1991
Blue Desert Craig Sheffer Randall Atkins 1991
Let Him Have It Tom Bell Detective Sergeant Frederick Fairfax 1991
The Wind That Shakes The Barley Liam Cunningham Dan 2006
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor Luke Ford Alex O'Connel 2008
Hick Chloë Grace Moretz Luli McMullen converted to 45 Colt 2011
Hick Eddie Redmayne Eddie 2011

Television

Show Title Actor Character Note / Episode Air Date
Harry's Game Ray Lonnen Capt. Harry Brown 1982
Reilly: Ace of Spies Leo McKern Zaharov 1983
Ripper Street Adam Rothenberg Captain Homer Jackson 2012 - Present
Jerome Flynn Detective Sergeant Bennet Drake "Tournament of Shadows" (S01E06)
MyAnna Buring Long Susan "A Man of My Company" (S01E07)
Edoardo Ballerini Frank Goodnight "A Man of My Company" (S01E07)


See Also

  • Smith & Wesson - A list of all firearms manufactured by Smith & Wesson.





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