Dating my smith and wesson gun
Before you try to run it in tight, make sure the threads are correct.
That screw head should fit flush or slightly recessed into the front of the trigger guard.
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It is estimated that only about 2% of these revolvers were issued in the target configuration. The gun looks pretty nice, but I'm noticing a few things.
For one, the cylinder stop spring retaining screw is sticking way out from the trigger guard. From the limited view I have of it, I suspect it is not the right screw.
The S&W monograph should be molded into the stock circle.
If it is a screw with incorrect threads, let's hope whoever put it there did not strip the threads in the screw hole. The proper latch for your gun will have a figure 8 shape to it.