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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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I am looking for info on the history of the pistol that I inherited from my Mom.
The serial number is V231531. It has the large "P" stamp on the barrel and the "BNP" proof mark.
Any info is appreciated.
A few good pictures would help significantly in providing better information.
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Here is my victory 38spl
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Here are some pictures of the pistol. Again, I appreciate any insight.

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Another one for the database. Picked up this Victory from a friend - Serial# V 342643, 4" barrel, .38Spl, U.S. Property GHD on top strap. In great shape, original with matching numbered grips.

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Another one for the database. Picked up this Victory from a friend - Serial# V 342643, 4" barrel, .38Spl, U.S. Property GHD on top strap. In great shape, original with matching numbered grips.
Duly noted in the Database, AP. Thank you.
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I am looking for info on the history of the pistol that I inherited from my Mom. The serial number is V231531. It has the large "P" stamp on the barrel and the "BNP" proof mark. Any info is appreciated.
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Thanks for the additional photos you posted on your V231531. From the Victory Model Database I can estimate for you that your revolver likely shipped from the factory in the January-February 1943 time frame. It was a Lend Lease program gun.

From the pics it appears that your revolver's original 5" barrel has been cut down to a 4 incher. The stocks have been replaced. Your revolver was originally chambered for the .38 S&W (.38-200) cartridge. Many of those guns were modified post-war by dealers to accept .38 Special cartridges. I can't tell from the pics if that is the case with your example.

I hope that information is helpful to you.
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Nice looking Victory, sw44spl. Thanks for providing the data. It is now in the Database.
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Where does one apply for the tracking letter from S&W?
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You should be aware the cost of a letter is $100, and is unlikely to provide much information beyond the exact shipping date. It will not provide any information whatsoever about what happened to it after shipment from S&W. Being modified, probably very significantly, your Victory has no collectible value.

Regarding the SN V231531, the closest SN I have listed to it is V238853 which shipped on 2/26/43. S&W was making around 1000 per day at that time.

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Where does one apply for the tracking letter from S&W?
I usually encourage lettering every historic S&W, but feel obligated to agree with DWalt in this case, especially since your wording indicates that you may have incorrect expectations.

It’s not a “tracking” letter. The historian can only tell you when and where S&W shipped it, and ALL these Lend-Lease guns shipped to the same Army Ordnance depot; where they went after that is beyond the letter.

I’ve lettered a gun like that anyway, wanting a letter sample for this model. You may still want to if you can afford it and support the S&W Historical Foundation with your money.

But be aware what you will get

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