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S&W Hand Ejectors: 1896 to 1961 All 5-Screw & Vintage 4-Screw SWING-OUT Cylinder REVOLVERS, and the 35 Autos and 32 Autos


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Old 07-23-2011, 11:01 AM
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Can anyone give me details on this gun? I'm a bit of a novice buy based on the half moon front sight, pre-wwII? Correct me if I'm wrong. Thanks!
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Old 07-23-2011, 11:16 AM
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Yes. It's either just before WW2, during the war, or in the first year or two after (maybe 1935-1947, rough guess). It has the late pre-war ejector rod tip and one-line 'Made in USA'. It looks like it's been cold-blued and someone has 'customized' those post-war grips.
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Old 07-23-2011, 12:40 PM
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kjacob35, What's the serial number? We can tell you a lot more if you post the number. Ed.
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On the card it read H0512X, is that it?
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NO, that appears to be an inventory number used by the Seller. Also, from looking at the second photo in the listing it appears that the stocks are not right.
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The serial number according to the Seller is 965715.
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That should make it a pre-Victory shipped in early 1942 or possibly very late 1941. I can't read the right side of the barrel, but it doesn't seem to have enough letters to include the word "special." Thus it probably says .38 S&W CTG., which makes this a British contract gun originally chambered for te .38/200 round. It's unusual for a British gun to have a four inch barrel, so maybe there is something more interesting going on here. Regardless of what the barrel says, the cylinder may have been reamed after the war to allow firing of .38 Special rounds. If so, be careful. The longer cases have a slightly smaller diameter, and they can swell or even split if fired in converted K-38/200 revovers. You can still shoot .38 S&W in these. (I have a converted British Victory that I will shoot only the shorter rounds in. It handles them just fine.)

As others have said, those stocks are bogus. They are postwar magnas that have been cut and rounded to leave the top side plate screw exposed.
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Wow, thanks for the elaboration. I did in fact win this auction, so I can hopefully get a closer look at it. The seller said that a .38 special fits, but that a .38 S&W "doesn't fit right". Any idea why that'd be?

Also, does anyone know what the correct grips would look like, if I decide to try and make it original?

Again, I appreciate all the info.
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I don't know enough to be definitive, but if yours is a lend-lease Victory, then the grips should look like mine. See here: My inheritance - Lend-Lease .38-200 S&W Victory
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