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Old 05-18-2017, 06:44 PM
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Originally Posted by Arik View Post
...... Typically they are 38 special caliber so the 38 Long Colt could be worth more or less.......
To avoid a possible misimpression, this gun (with the ... & US SERVICE CTG stamping) is a .38 Special gun just like almost all others (there are some exceptions, but not to confuse things here).

For S&W, mentioning on the barrel that it will also fit the older .38 LC, which at the time (until about 1909) was the standard US military cartridge for the DA Colts, was pure marketing.

Originally Posted by boytoy View Post
Knowing how old this is, should I keep as a wall hanger or should we store in a safe place? Can you put a value on this item?
I agree with the others' valuation; this is not a high value as a "collectible", so there is no need to treat the gun as a fragile and precious object and lock it away. It's valuable to you due to its history, but given its condition, you can't do any more damage to it if you keep it out somewhere and show it around at family gatherings and maybe spill some BBQ sauce on it. Just be safe!
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