My step-dad had a pistol I don't remember ever seeing before. It's an old Smith and Wesson 38/44 HD in nickel with pearl grips. He bought it and carried it in a brief career as an LEO near Corpus Christi during the late 40s or early 50s. He decided to give it to me, and he and mom decided to turn custody of Dad's 1940-41 pre-K-22 over as well.
Gorgeous gun, like most old S&Ws. Going to have to shoot it. Was loaded with wadcutters. I'm sure it fires and functions. Quite a functional artifact to have in hand!
Update: Shoots right to the tip of the front sight blade.