Smith & Wesson Forum

Go Back   Smith & Wesson Forum > Smith & Wesson Revolvers > S&W Hand Ejectors: 1896 to 1961
Forum Register Expert Commentary Members List


Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
  #1  
Old 04-12-2011, 02:58 PM
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: New York
Posts: 4
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default What model revolver do I have?

I just received a S&W 38 special revolver from my wife's cousin (moving out of state, didn't want the revolver). He's owned it for over 30 years and has forgotten what Model it is. I have looked it over and can not find a model number the serial number is 631XXX. If anyone can help I would greatly appreciate it.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 04-12-2011, 03:09 PM
DCWilson's Avatar
SWCA Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Orange County, CA
Posts: 12,027
Likes: 2,787
Liked 3,726 Times in 1,350 Posts
Default

Is the serial number composed of numerals only, or is there a litter like V, C or K in front of it? The letter may be separated by several spaces. (There probably won't be a C or K, because those numbers would go on model-marked guns, and you say you don't see a model number.)

Look at the side of the barrel. Does it say ".38 S&W CTG" or ".38 S&W SPECIAL CTG" ?

If you could post a photo, that would help a great deal.

I'm thinking you probably have a .38 Military & Police from the mid-1930s, but the extra info will help exclude other possibilities.
__________________
David Wilson

Last edited by DCWilson; 04-12-2011 at 03:12 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 04-12-2011, 03:50 PM
SaxonPig's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: The kidney of Dixie.
Posts: 7,054
Likes: 26
Liked 3,808 Times in 1,212 Posts
Default

If it is a 6 shot revolver with a swing out cylinder that does not have adjustable sights and says 38 S&W Special on the barrel and there is no letter prefix to the serial you posted then it's a Military & Police Model from around 1930.

If the number you posted is not the correct serial or the gun varies from what is described above then I don't know.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 04-12-2011, 05:17 PM
SWCA Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Charleston SC
Posts: 985
Likes: 905
Liked 265 Times in 142 Posts
Default

If you could post some pictures hat would be ideal. If not, please describe every marking you can find, what the grips look like, and measure the distance in inches from the face of the cylinder to the end of the barrel. This will give us something to work with.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 04-12-2011, 06:07 PM
David LaPell's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Posts: 4,849
Likes: 274
Liked 2,294 Times in 798 Posts
Default

Does it look anything like this??

__________________
Vaya con Dios
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 04-13-2011, 11:56 AM
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: New York
Posts: 4
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Pictures

Thanks for the help so far. I've attached pictures and hope this will help answer your questions.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_1673.jpg
Views:	248
Size:	81.3 KB
ID:	42583   Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_1675.jpg
Views:	215
Size:	28.7 KB
ID:	42584   Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_1676.jpg
Views:	333
Size:	57.3 KB
ID:	42585   Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_1677.jpg
Views:	273
Size:	33.6 KB
ID:	42586   Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_1678.jpg
Views:	228
Size:	61.8 KB
ID:	42587  

Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 04-13-2011, 01:24 PM
CAJUNLAWYER's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: On da Bayou Teche
Posts: 10,829
Likes: 2,458
Liked 12,152 Times in 3,074 Posts
Default

Looks to be a fairly nice M&P in .38 special from around 1930.
I'll give you $100 plus cost of shipping for it.
__________________
Forum consigliere
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 04-13-2011, 03:08 PM
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: New York
Posts: 4
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

Thank you for the offer and the information but it was given to me from a family member and I will be keeping it.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 04-13-2011, 03:19 PM
US Veteran
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Wasilla ALASKA
Posts: 1,094
Likes: 57
Liked 107 Times in 66 Posts
Default

Good to see you wish to keep a family piece. Nice gun to lightly clean up and shoot. Kyle
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 04-13-2011, 07:22 PM
SWCA Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Massachusetts, USA
Posts: 567
Likes: 0
Liked 197 Times in 60 Posts
Default

Howdy

Nice, typical four inch M&P. The most common revolver carried by policemen for much of the 20th Century. Also nice that it has the original grips on it. Lots of these older Smiths lose their original grips when unscrupulous dealers realize they are worth money. Notice that the SN on the underside of the barrel matches the number on the butt. You should also see the same number on the rear of the cylinder and the underside of the extractor star.

Last edited by Driftwood Johnson; 04-13-2011 at 07:24 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 04-13-2011, 09:28 PM
US Veteran
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: The SW Va Blue Ridge
Posts: 6,093
Likes: 5,175
Liked 1,685 Times in 831 Posts
Default

"(There probably won't be a C or K, because those numbers would go on model-marked guns, and you say you don't see a model number.)"

DC, my K22 has a K111xx serial number, it shipped in December 1947, and it isn't model marked.
__________________
John 3:16
WAR EAGLE!
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 04-14-2011, 10:57 AM
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: New York
Posts: 4
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

All parts match....how much do you think it's worth?
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 04-14-2011, 11:15 AM
DCWilson's Avatar
SWCA Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Orange County, CA
Posts: 12,027
Likes: 2,787
Liked 3,726 Times in 1,350 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Muley Gil View Post
"(There probably won't be a C or K, because those numbers would go on model-marked guns, and you say you don't see a model number.)"

DC, my K22 has a K111xx serial number, it shipped in December 1947, and it isn't model marked.
Oops, I was too compressed in my comments and ended up saying something more general than I intended. I meant that a C or K in front of the 631xxx numeral block that the OP had already reported would have to be on a model-marked gun.
__________________
David Wilson
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 04-14-2011, 11:24 AM
DCWilson's Avatar
SWCA Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Orange County, CA
Posts: 12,027
Likes: 2,787
Liked 3,726 Times in 1,350 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by boodasquid View Post
All parts match....how much do you think it's worth?
Prices can vary with geography. In parts of the country where old M&Ps are plentiful, it might not bring more than $200 or so. In oher places I could see a hundred more. In Southern California, I would expect to see that in a gun store with a $375-400 price on it in order to leave negotiation room down to $300-325.
__________________
David Wilson
Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
extractor, k22, military

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
S&W Hand Ejectors: 1896 to 1961 Thread, What model revolver do I have? in Smith & Wesson Revolvers; I just received a S&W 38 special revolver from my wife's cousin (moving out of state, didn't want the revolver). ...
Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
First Smith Revolver Purchase. Model 19-3 vs Model 27 Redleg2814 S&W Revolvers: 1961 to 1980 26 02-19-2012 12:38 AM
Both SOLD pending funds: F/S 2 S&W blue plastic revolver boxes Model 60 & Model 686 stiab Accessories/Misc - For Sale or Trade 2 06-13-2011 04:38 PM
WTS: Model 63 .22 revolver (ARK) arky501 GUNS - For Sale or Trade 8 01-03-2011 11:59 AM
W.T.T. 1926 Model 44 Target Revolver box Overstruck model of 1950 TRADED Hammerdown Accessories/Misc - For Sale or Trade 5 11-04-2009 09:08 PM
FS: 3" Model 10, Victory Model, Pre-War Brit Service Revolver.. canoeguy GUNS - For Sale or Trade 7 06-22-2009 09:55 AM

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3
smith-wessonforum.com tested by Norton Internet Security smith-wessonforum.com tested by McAfee Internet Security

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:06 AM.


S-W Forum, LLC 2000-2015
Smith-WessonForum.com is not affiliated with Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select: SWHC)