Originally Posted by Jim K
The SA version was designated the Model 44, even though it never went beyond pre-production, with less than 100 made. It is one of the rarest S&W's. None of my references from 1954-55 give it any model number, only "the S&W 9mm pistol," so it is possible that model number was posthumous, so to speak. I can't say what is marked on the gun, because I have never seen one, or even a good picture.
Jim, VERY interesting, never knew about the M-44. Finally decided to do a little looking and, BINGO, it shows up. Old memory vs modern technology; (ie. copmputer) memory comes out on the short end. Thanks again, Mike