Good evening everybody,
Last week I asked for your help on an unknown firearm to me: A Smith & Wesson "Double Action" top-break revolver chambered in caliber .38 S&W.
It got my attention because it was for sale at a ridiculously low price. I thought it might just be a wall hanger, but even still, at the price, it was worth considering.
The gun has a cut barrel and was reblued, so it doesn't hold any collector's value whatsoever.
Initially, the gun looked like this:
Lock up was fairly good, it has rifling on the barrel, but it was a bit "late" (cylinder locked barely after the hammer dropped -not good-).
Took it home, removed the grips and soaked it in solvent. A thorough cleaning and working the action over and over again solved the timing issue. The cylinder now locks before the hammer goes all the way back.
Cleaned and oiled up it started looking much better.
Size comparison next to a Model 65:
Finally, yesterday I took it to the range:
All I can say is... I'm stunned!
This revolver is around 115 years old!!!!
It was sawed off, refinished, and here it is, in 2017, shooting bullets like it's nobody's business!
Yes, we can call it obsolete and underpowered, but oh my, what a nifty little caliber is this .38 S&W.
Extremely low report. Zero recoil, even on a gun this size. Draw, aim your first shot and you have 4 more that will go where you aimed as fast as you can pull the trigger. Sure thing, it's .38 S&W, but it sure as hell beats a sharp stick and fowl language.
I can't believe how accurate the little gun is, given the abuse it was submitted to.
Above, draw + one handed group at 10 yards, rapid-fire. (5th shot is behind the gun)
All in all, what I'm trying to get across here is:
1) My respects to the Smith & Wesson company. It's outstanding that a 115 year old anything
can work flawlessly.
2) If you see one of these for sale, pick it up, I doubt you will regret it.
Thank you again to all who helped me decide to get this firearm. This is a great community.
Hope you liked this post!