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Old 04-28-2013, 04:31 PM
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Hello,

I inherited my Dad's service revolver. He was a County Deputy Sheriff and carried this gun. This is the information I have on it:

Smith and Wesson Springfield mass. USA Pat'd Feb.20.Dec.18.77. May.11.80 Sept.11. Oct.2.83.2.Aug.4.85.Feb.14.88.April.6.89.Jan.3.90

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Can anyone tell me more about it? He was a Deputy in the 60's. I have fired it and the sight is off slightly. Does this gun have any value? Besides to me of course and if I should decide to sell it, what would be the best way?

Any information would be appreciated. Thank you!
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Old 04-28-2013, 07:03 PM
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Welcome to the forum. That is an antique gun, and it probably dates from some time in the 19th century. If your father carried it, I would not sell it if I were you. Some one in the family would probably appreciate having it.
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Thank you, I appreciate your answering me as no one else did. I'm not so sure that it's an antique though, as I said my dad got it in the early 60's through his job with the Sheriff's department. But since no one but you seems to know anything about it, I'll try elsewhere for more information...
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Sorry for your loss.
As far as the gun is concerned, if your dad was carrying that piece in the 60's he was probably the last cop doing so, that is most definitely an antique. I don't do much with guns that old, but what I can tell you is that it is an old "Safety Hammerless" (aka "Lemon Squeezer" because of the grip safety), they were made from the 1880s into the 1930s. They came in .32 and .38 S&W. Maybe the mods can move this to the 1896-1961 subforum I'm sure someone there could give you a lot more info than me.

ETA: If my dad carried it, I'd be keeping it, no matter what it is or what it's worth.

Also, if I read my SCSW correctly, your serial numer would indicate that it is a .32 Safety Hammerless 1st Model. They were made etween 1888 and 1902, with the last gun being #91417, which would indicate that yours was built towards the end of the model run. If your gun is blued that makes it a bit more rare, most were nickeled.
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There have been lots of postings on this forum about the Safety Hammerless. Just go to the Forum search and look. These were were somewhat popular among detectives and plainclothesmen for quite awhile. And they are still effective as personal defense weapons, despite the fact that the cartridge is somewhat anemic as compared to a .38 Special or 9mm. Monetarily, it is not worth a great deal, as they were fairly common, but as a family-connected gun, I wouldn't sell it anyway.

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Thank you so much for the information. It is blued and I'm told from another source that is a Lemon Squeezer. I really don't know anything about guns, but there is no rust on it and it's in very good condition as I said I have fired it myself, my dad taught me to shoot. I'm not sure where he got it, I know he carried it as a sheriff, but my dad was born in 1924 and was in WWII. I know I won't sell it now but I would like any information on it I can get. I'm not sure but I think my thread has been moved. Thank you!
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Thank you DWalt.. I am searching the forum as we speak...
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