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Old 08-30-2016, 06:22 PM
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. . . The serial number is 5J9936. I have no way of determining the age . . . but it looks like . . . somewhere in the mid to late 1980's.
The serial number would make it 1971.

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I agree with Russ. But even w/o the serial #, the pinned barrel dates it to pre 1982.
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Old 09-21-2016, 08:11 PM
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I found a CST on an internet ad a couple weeks ago. I spent the rest of the afternoon reading many articles on them. But, this one was the most interesting, and I used this thread as a guide, to buy it. The seller thought it was a Model 50 and there were 1100 made. After buying, I told him what I found out in this thread. So, I would like to thank the experts on this forum for educating me on the CST!
It is serial number 57740 and I believe it to be one of the first 114 made in 1955. Please correct me if I am wrong. The condition is very nice for it's age, but not perfect. The numbers on the frame, grips, barrel, and cylinder all match. I will post pics in a few days for viewing.
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I found a CST on an internet ad a couple weeks ago. I spent the rest of the afternoon reading many articles on them. But, this one was the most interesting, and I used this thread as a guide, to buy it. The seller thought it was a Model 50 and there were 1100 made. After buying, I told him what I found out in this thread. So, I would like to thank the experts on this forum for educating me on the CST!
It is serial number 57740 and I believe it to be one of the first 114 made in 1955. Please correct me if I am wrong. The condition is very nice for it's age, but not perfect. The numbers on the frame, grips, barrel, and cylinder all match. I will post pics in a few days for viewing.
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Tom, yes, you have one of the first run of the Chief's Special Targets. Most of them have some wear on them. As long as you paid a fair price for the condition it is in, you're good. Nice find. Congrats.
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Ok. Here are the pictures as promised. Clearly the seller has made a mistake on the caliber. You can see this from the barrel stamp as well as the cylinder fit to the frame.

The tag (top view) shows that the seller believes this to be a 38 S&W.

The seller has dropped the price to $269 CAD or $205 USD. The serial number is 5J9936. I have no way of determining the age of the gun, but it looks like is was "well used". My guess it is somewhere in the mid to late 1980's.


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The .38 S&W vs. the .38 Special (actually stamped .38 S&W Special CTG) has been a common misquoted caliber for many decades by those who are not gun aficionados. Most younger shooters / collectors consider a .38 Special as "the" one and only .38 Caliber but we know the .38 S&W Ctg. and the .38 S&W Special Ctg. are different calibers. In fact there were many Victory models (during WWII) chambered in both .38S&W (.38/200) and others in .38 S&W Special.

A reasonable analogy would be that they are as different to each other as .44 S&W (or .44 S&W Russian) is to the .44 S&W Special Ctg.
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