I just sold this beauty on Gunbroker.com and it went for a really good deal at $3000! Keep an eye out for more deals my gunbroker username is AdamVC.
The target model version of the new model Number 3 was introduced for competitive shooting to allow a smaller caliber, lower recoiling alternative to the remarkably accurate .44 Russian cartridge. Special .32 and .38 caliber rounds were designed for the .44 Russian frame, both used long brass cases with the bullet seated completely inside the case. This gun is significantly less common than the new model 3 in .44. Both calibers of the new model number three target model, shared the same serial production numbers with the .38-44 being the rarer of the two. The numbers produced were very limited being from 1-4333! Serial number 3653 was sold to Annie Oakley. The .38-44 is the rarer of the two calibers only 23% of the entire run of pistols were made in .38-45 with the short top strap, and only 9% were made with the long top strap, this pistol is a short strap.
This gun was special ordered from Smith & Wesson with the nickel finish, and it's just in pristine condition! Just look at the pictures. This gun cwith the box! and it has other extra's as well, including a bullet mould, one of the old ones used to mould the bullet and seat it in the shell. it also comes with 137 cleaned and de-primed casings. The Mother of Pearl grips are not original, and there has been a name inscribed on the butt (P.L. Dillon) these are the only remarkable changes that make this gun a non-factory original. An interesting thing about this gun is that the manufacturing/production numbers are the same as the serial numbers. That is not common, but I have taken pictures of all the markings and numbers for you, and there is one collage of pictures showing all the facets of the cylinder. The bore and rifling is beautiful.
The gun will ship Insured 2nd day air UPS. This gun will not last long, and it is subject to sale locally unless someone bids on gunbroker. Good Luck!