Took the long way home from Atlantic City through PA to visit my favorite gun shop and finally the stars came together. They had a very nice 1998 444SS and I had the cash in my pocket. The piece wasn't even on display. I was looking at the few lever actions they had to offer and was getting ready to leave when I asked if they'd had any 444's in recently. The owner said that one had come in the day before in trade and hadn't even been put on the floor yet. I asked if I could see it and the rest is history.