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Old January 26, 2011, 10:28 AM   #16
Mike Irwin
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"S&W eventually found the capability to lengthen their cylinder and topstrap."

Yep, after it became clear that the US Government was never going to adopt the No. 3 in preference over the Single Action Army, and after S&W had finally fulfilled its contracts for No. 3s with Russia, Japan, Turkey, and other nations, which freed up a lot of production space.
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