Smith & Wesson Forum

Go Back   Smith & Wesson Forum > >


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 12-11-2010, 09:00 PM
oldgun oldgun is offline
Member
Help Identifying old gun Help Identifying old gun Help Identifying old gun Help Identifying old gun Help Identifying old gun  
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 26
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Help Identifying old gun

I have an old gun, a S&W 38 Special, that I could use some help figuring out the Mfg. date. It's a 5 shot, with ejector, chrome/silver w/distinctive black grip, and apparently, old.

(Picture attached)

I'm guessing 1899, or at least, turn of the last century.

Any ideas are welcome.

Thanks you,

oldgun
Attached Thumbnails
Help Identifying old gun-sw_38_spec-jpg  
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 12-12-2010, 02:56 PM
twaits's Avatar
twaits twaits is offline
Member
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Windham, Maine
Posts: 1,313
Likes: 10
Liked 282 Times in 91 Posts
Default

Actually that's not .38 Special caliber but .38 S&W caliber. It's a shorter round.
It appears to be in pretty nice condition. I think the nickel is original and not a refinish.
You'll have to post the serial number to narrow down manufacture date and which issue it is.
Judging by the square back triggerguard I believe it is 1880s or 1890s. Someone else that knows more than I do will be along.

Last edited by twaits; 12-12-2010 at 02:58 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 12-12-2010, 05:52 PM
kobsw's Avatar
kobsw kobsw is offline
Member
Help Identifying old gun Help Identifying old gun Help Identifying old gun Help Identifying old gun Help Identifying old gun  
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: SW Suburbs - Phila, PA
Posts: 349
Likes: 0
Liked 24 Times in 9 Posts
Default

You have a .38 Double Action 4th Model 5 shot. It has service sights with a round/blade pinned front sight and hard black rubber grips.

There were 216,300 manufactured between 1895 and 1909.

Prices range from $60 to $700. Your gun looks nice and probably would be in the $165-$215 rang.

Enjoy this very nice piece of Americana...
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 12-19-2010, 12:34 PM
oldgun oldgun is offline
Member
Help Identifying old gun Help Identifying old gun Help Identifying old gun Help Identifying old gun Help Identifying old gun  
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 26
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

The SN is 435066. Thanks for the reply TWAITS and KOBSW. I'm a new member and appreciate the help.

The gun is in very good shape. You guys have happy holidays. Thanks again.

oldgun
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 12-19-2010, 01:02 PM
TNDave TNDave is offline
Member
 
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 1,061
Likes: 301
Liked 322 Times in 98 Posts
Default

That is a very nice old gun!
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 12-20-2010, 02:59 AM
Göring's S&W's Avatar
Göring's S&W Göring's S&W is offline
SWCA Member
Help Identifying old gun Help Identifying old gun Help Identifying old gun Help Identifying old gun Help Identifying old gun  
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Pittsburgh PA
Posts: 1,485
Likes: 1,034
Liked 2,672 Times in 458 Posts
Default

The SN you give puts it past the antique SN aka the gun is post 1898 manufacture since the cutoff is 382022 for your model. This means that it should be transferred if required.

I also think despite the gun not being an antique (usually means a premium) that the value you got is low. Your gun looks nice and if it functions well, I would say its worth $200 to $300.
I know I'd buy yours instantly at $165 because its nice overall.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
ejector

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
need help identifying musicman66 S&W Antiques 5 03-08-2011 01:06 AM
Need help identifying Belmon S&W Antiques 3 02-27-2011 10:52 PM
Help identifying old S&W RacingSnake S&W Hand Ejectors: 1896 to 1961 7 02-26-2011 04:24 AM
Need help identifying dssbob S&W Hand Ejectors: 1896 to 1961 8 05-02-2010 09:38 AM
help identifying xj junkie S&W Hand Ejectors: 1896 to 1961 7 10-22-2009 03:14 PM

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3
smith-wessonforum.com tested by Norton Internet Security smith-wessonforum.com tested by McAfee Internet Security

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 04:50 PM.


© S-W Forum, LLC 2000-2015
Smith-WessonForum.com is not affiliated with Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select: SWHC)