Pistols and the photo courtesy of friend of the site, Ann-Marie Davis. She showed us her 1968 Giles 38spl and 1962 Giles .45. Two very serious match pistols in their day. The top site is extended for a longer sight radius for more precise aiming while not violating the rules.
The top gun is indeed a 38 special. A conversion that required custom mags to work with the rimmed cases of the spl. The ammo used was wadcutters and through the magic of miracle gunsmithing was made to work in the M1911. If memory serves, the mags only held 5 rounds. Why go through the trouble? Because being able to use the 38 wadcutter loads in a bullseye match without having to take the time to thumb cock a revolver was a big advantage.