I believe flatgate also used to say "buy the gun, not the story".I remember the words of our old buddy "flatgate" who used to say that ANY old model flattop, even a beat up & converted 6.5" barreled .357 was worth $400.
And it must have been 15 years ago that he was giving that advice.
Congrats on a fantastic purchase!
It's still a .44 Flattop, though. Good score!