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Old 05-14-2018, 01:06 PM
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Can anyone tell me the model # of this .38 caliber revolver? SN is 177961 and it is a 5-shot with a 3.25 inch barrel. Patent date of Jan. 3, 1982 stamped on top of the barrel. See attached photo.

Also, what would be an approximate value?

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Old 05-14-2018, 01:19 PM
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That top break pre-dates model numbers and that patent date is probably 1882. See if it is chambered in 38 S&W which is not 38 S&W Special.
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Welcome to the Forum. There is no model number for this revolver, so it is simply called a 38 Double Action revolver, only offered in 38 S&W caliber. With the re-curved trigger guard, single line of cylinder stop notches, and 177,XXX serial number, it would be a Third Model. It would have shipped around 1888.

I forgot your question about value, with a half-million 38 DAs made, only those in pristine condition would be valuable. That one looks to have lost quite a bit of its original nickel finish, so just under $200 would be my guess.
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Thanks for the response. It ends up being +100 years older than I thought!
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