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    Elmer Merrifield Keith (1899-1984) was many things: a rancher, cowboy, big game hunter,
prolific writer, shooting sports legend, and innovator in the world of magnum cartridges,
responsible for the development of the iconic .357 Magnum, .44 Magnum, and .41 Magnum
cartridges. The .357 is generally credited for starting the “Magnum Era,” a period of time when
larger calibers dominated the firearms market. In fact, S&W historian Roy Jinks credited Keith as “the father
of big bore handgunning.” He was a full time writer, serving on the staff of “The Outdoorsman”, “The American Rifleman”, “Western Sportsman”, “Guns”, and “Guns and Ammo” and published several books including “Sixgun Cartridges and Loads,”“Big Game Rifles and Cartridges”, “Sixguns” and “Hell, I was There.”
CONDITION: Very fine as custom embellished by T. Moro, retaining 98% plus of the reapplied blue finish with an attractive plum appearance on the cylinder. The engraving is crisp. The grips are also very fine with typical age lines, slight wear to the overall crisp carving, some minor handling marks, and attractive color and grain. Mechanically excellent.
Provenance: Elmer Keith; Property of a Gentleman.
Estimate: 5,000 - 7,500

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