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Old September 3, 2010, 11:53 AM   #9
FlyFish
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The .38/44 Heavy Duty had fixed sights - the .38/44 Outdoorsman was the same gun with adjustable sights. Both were built on the N-frame, the largest of S&W's revolver frames at the time, and were intended to handle a hotter version of the .38 Special known originally as the .38/44 S&W Special and then later as the .38 Special High Velocity (they'll shoot regular .38 Special just fine, of course). This eventually led to the the development of the .357 Magnum, which as we know uses a longer case to prevent it being chambered in guns intended to only handle .38 Special pressures.
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