I thought I was the only one with a first year 44 magnum! Nice gun you have there. How early is yours? Are those keith brown grips on your gun?
My S&W .44 Magnum was shipped from the factory on July 9, 1956 and delivered to Sutcliffe Hardware Co, Louisville, KY.
I have the blue case, all tools and registration card.
Here it is lying on top of Elmer Keith's 1957 review of the then new .44 Magnum, which appeared in the 1958 Gun Digest.
Yes, they are Keith Brown Roper's. Mine are exhibition grade walnut, with elephant ivory diamond inlays. I got them mainly to protect my original, pristine and beautiful, Gancalo Alves target grips. Plus they look good too!