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Old 04-15-2018, 02:24 PM
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my first post - thanks for the help

opinions on the revolver
all sn match throughout. sn 11370 indicates time period about 1880. this one is blued
question the Star after the serial# on the butt


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Old 04-15-2018, 02:25 PM
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Mike,

Nice looking revolver. Looks like a 38 double action second model made from 1880 to 1884 with a serial range from about 3,700 to about 119,000.

Looks like the serial numbers match on the bottom of the frame and the cylinder. Do the serial numbers match on the bottom of the latch and on the barrel?

The star after the serial number on the bottom of the gun usually means the gun was sent back to the factory for work or a refinish. It looks like yours was refinished. There should be some numbers under the left grip on the frame that gives the date the gun was worked on by the factory. If you haven't removed the grips yet be careful removing them. There is a pin at the bottom of the frame that engages in the grips on both sides and if you pry the grips off you can break them.

The factory also wrote in pencil or scratched the serial number on the inside of the right grip. The serial number may not be there since blued guns made about this time usually came with red and black mottled grips.

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Mark,

thanks for the reply but I didn't buy the gun - I was looking for opinions before I decided to buy and I thought the gun finish looked to good to be original.


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Welcome to the forum. I hope you'll stick around, though from the detail in your first post I'm guessing you've been watching for a while.
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Welcome to the Forum. The gun is probably with $150-$175 range as a Cowboy Action and fun shooter, if it's in good mechanical condition. Ed.
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Take a close look down the barrel , the black powder 38 S&W ammo of that time could take a toll on the barrel rifling. If it looks rough, use that fact and the refinishing to get the price down.
If the bore is rough try to get the price down to $100.00 .

Welcome to the forum from Louisiana !

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