Smith & Wesson Forum

Go Back   Smith & Wesson Forum > >


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 03-17-2013, 10:26 AM
Hollihock Hollihock is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Posts: 2
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default 5 shot .38 revolver

I need some info about a S&W 5 shot .38 revolver. The first patent date listed is Jan. 24, 65, and the last patent date listed is Jan. 3, 82. The serial number is 239239. My great uncle carried it when he was a paymaster for the Union Traction Company in Indiana. It was chrome plated, but most of the plating has worn off. It's in great shape otherwise. The plastic grips are not chipped or broken. It is very small... perfect gun for a woman. Anything you can tell me about it will be appreciated. Now that I think about it... the grips might be bone. I don't think they had plastic back then.

Thank you,
Hollihock
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 03-17-2013, 12:01 PM
glowe's Avatar
glowe glowe is offline
US Veteran

 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Michigan Western UP
Posts: 5,538
Likes: 275
Liked 1,888 Times in 1,122 Posts
Default

Welcome to the Forum. By your description, you could have either a Hammerless or a Double Action top break with an exposed hammer. Which one do you have?
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 03-17-2013, 01:32 PM
Hollihock Hollihock is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Posts: 2
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

It is a top-break with exposed hammer.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 03-17-2013, 03:50 PM
opoefc opoefc is offline
US Veteran
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Southern California, USA
Posts: 7,607
Likes: 943
Liked 1,741 Times in 949 Posts
Default

Judging from the serial number, you have a .38 Double Action, 3rd model. Probably made around 1890. The finish, if original, is nickel plating, not chrome, and the grips, if original, may be ivory. If they are bone, then they have been replaced. Nice family heirloom S&W ! You may want to get a S&W factory historical letter from Roy Jinks, Factory Historian, that will tell you when the gun was shipped from the factory, to where or whom, and the original configuration of the gun when shipped. Ed.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
6 shot 38 Revolver ChiefShults S&W Hand Ejectors: 1896 to 1961 8 01-04-2015 05:27 PM
8 shot revolver hbschwartz S&W Revolvers: 1980 to the Present 22 10-20-2012 11:53 PM
32 s & w ctg 5 shot revolver twas123 S&W Antiques 5 05-25-2012 06:54 PM
WTB 10 shot 617 or other 22 revolver mdguy WANTED to Buy 2 10-14-2011 09:02 PM
Six Shot Revolver - Is it just me? TwoGunsStanding S&W Revolvers: 1980 to the Present 44 09-10-2008 11:24 AM

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 02:13 PM.


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