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The difference is really easy to see. If you look at the bottom of the receiver with the lever open, on a 44 you will not see the breech block protrude, on the 44 1/2 the breech block will drop below the bottom of the receiver. There are also some other differences such as a removable lower tang on the 44 1/2, but some of the 44's also had these when they were available with a DST. The 44 will develop a droop if it is a gun that is well worn, can normally be fixed with a new link and pins or even just the pins.