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The John Jovino Model 24 Smith & Wesson 3" Round Butt

It’s unhealthy to have such an attachment to an inanimate object.  Still…
There’s a local gun shop where I used to hang out, drool, sometimes spend money.  I even found myself  working there part-time, usually Saturdays and one weekday afternoon, after my financial co. job.
Not-so-coincidentally, one of my closest friends is the manager. 
We used to do P.I. work, together, in another life.
One of the perks of working there (aside from hanging around guns, gun people and gun stuff) is
they have layaway!  I don’t know the current terms, but they used to be 1/3 down, pay it off in 90 days.  Pretty lenient.
And, of course, whenever something new, different, popular or interesting would come in, the store staff would get priority over the GOBs (good-old-boys, shop-hangers’ on).  First dibs.
And, sometimes, something slips by and actually makes it to the glass cases for retail sale!
Witness the revolver, above.  N-Frame Smith, bright polished blue, white outline rear/red insert front sights, round butt gripframe, 3 inch barrel, .44 Special!  As special ordered by John Jovino, the premier N.Y.C. gun shop, usually patronized by cops, because no one in NYC except cops can have a handgun, generally.
And she made it to the glass case; no one had snatched her up!
And, I saw her first.  Nanner-nanner.
So, I put her on layaway, paid her off tuit-suite, and brought her home to proudly join the already growing N-Frame family in the safe. 
I doffed my hat to Elmer Keith and Skeeter Skelton.
A slow, fat, heavy bullet.  My favorite!
I developed serious fantasies of purchasing a horizontal Galco shoulder holster (even though I’m not a big fan of shoulder holsters), and a couple or four speedloaders, and I’d be set.
I actually got to shoot her four or five times, never bought the shoulder rig, though.  And she mostly became a safe queen.
And then, came the much previously-ballyhooed burglary.  *SIGH*
But, as with the others,  one day she will be replaced!

About guffaw1952

I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.


9 thoughts on “The John Jovino Model 24 Smith & Wesson 3" Round Butt

  1. That's a beauty. How bad was the felt recoil?

    Posted by Matt | May 20, 2011, 7:25 am
  2. Not bad. One might say, stout, but slow.Not the sharp .357 snap, but, while strong, a slower roll back. Not a magnum.The N Frame weight definitely helped.I shot a friend's Charter Arms Bulldog, before.Painful.The N Frame came back at you, but was not painful.gfa

    Posted by Guffaw in AZ | May 20, 2011, 7:37 am
  3. I saw "model" and "round butt" and was disappointed that the pic was a gun.

    Posted by North | May 20, 2011, 10:44 am
  4. I still have my .44 Special.

    Posted by Karmann | May 20, 2011, 12:12 pm
  5. Thanks, Karmann

    Posted by Guffaw in AZ | May 20, 2011, 2:02 pm
  6. I had the same thing, but in stainless. So I sold it. Wouldn't mind finding a blued one…And I hear you on the .44 Spl: I love me some .44 Special so much that I have… let's see… I think I'm down to four, now that I've unloaded the 624 and 696.

    Posted by Tam | May 21, 2011, 5:29 am
  7. I have a John Jovino Special in stainless .44MAG. I had one in blue (.44Mag also) that I bought at the Cav Store outside Ft. Knox in late 70's or early 80's. I foolishly traded it about 15 years later. Great round butt with Pachmyer grips.

    Posted by Anonymous | July 31, 2011, 5:35 pm
  8. I own two Smith and Wesson Model 624 3" round butt revolvers. They are beautiful and I bought them as NOS. They are superbly accurate make BIG holes and don't have as snappy a recoil as a short barelled .357 magnum. I have a Don Hume "F.B.I" style high ride holster and couple of speed loaders. I am an LEO so some times I carry it and don't feel a bit under armed.I believe mine were made for Lew Horton's distributing. I understand the love of "N" frames completely!Mot respectfullyjohn

    Posted by Anonymous | October 27, 2011, 6:05 pm
  9. @John – Thanks for reading and commenting. I'm jealous.

    Posted by Guffaw in AZ | October 27, 2011, 6:49 pm

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