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Old 12-04-2012, 06:03 PM
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Hey guys, I am trying to help my Brother in law identify a gun passed down to him. Here is what I saw on the gun

Smith and Wesson 38 special Ctg
Made in USA on right side of frame
Smith and Wesson trademark on left side of frame
515938 under barrel and on butt of gun on rear of cylinder
70765 on cylinder arm
Patent feb 6 06 sept 14 09 dec 29 14
Letter B stamped under barrel

Any help you guys can give me would be much appreciated!
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That is your basic Military & Police Model from the early 1920s. S&W's most popular gun they made millions of these 1899-present.

Finish looks a bit rough but if mechanically OK it would safe to shoot with any factory loaded ammo or equivalent. It would likely sell for around $300 or so if offered.

It is a square butt K frame model and in 1957 it was designated the Model 10 when the model numbers were dolled out.
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515938 is the serial number. 70765 is a work/assembly number, which is of no relevance after the gun left the factory. The B stamp stands for "Blue" to indicate the gun is to have a blue finish. Guns with close serial numbers shipped in the mid 1920s. The grips will have the serial number stamped on the back side of the right panel, if they are original to the gun, which appears so from the photo. Ed.
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