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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 03-13-2013, 12:05 PM
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Default .38 MILITARY & POLICE (POSTWAR) “PRE-MODEL 10”

Any special interest in these?

I'm helping liquidate a friends collection for his estate and he had one of these, nickel plated 2 inch about 80%.

Bluebook says $285 which seems low to me.

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Old 03-13-2013, 12:25 PM
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Welcome to the forum.

The postwar two-inch M&Ps bring a bit of a premium over the four and five inch guns. There are two classes of postwar M&P -- the long-action model similar to the prewar M&P, made from 1946 to early 1948, and then the true short-action Pre-10, made from about April of 1948 forward. Either model is probably worth at least $375 -- maybe even $400 -- in functional but worn condition. In higher condition (95% and above) they can go for nearly $500 each. There is a school of thought that the long-action gun gets a $25-50 value kick over a later gun in similar condition, but primarily collectors think that. They look for high condition revolvers, so shooter grade revolvers of either type might show no price differentiation.

Hammer shape and serial number will tell them apart. The short-action guns have the sculpted hammer (popularly called the "fish hook" hammer) with a deeper hollow on top. The long actions guns will have an S prefix to the serial number except for guns numbered above S990000 (round number). The short action guns will have a C in front of the serial number, except that a few two-inchers may exist among the highest numbers in the S prefix serial number range.
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Thanks for the info.

This one is a short action with a C serial number.

Thanks for the welcome too!
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Welcome to the forum.

The postwar two-inch M&Ps bring a bit of a premium over the four and five inch guns. There are two classes of postwar M&P -- the long-action model similar to the prewar M&P, made from 1946 to early 1948, and then the true short-action Pre-10, made from about April of 1948 forward. Either model is probably worth at least $375 -- maybe even $400 -- in functional but worn condition. In higher condition (95% and above) they can go for nearly $500 each. There is a school of thought that the long-action gun gets a $25-50 value kick over a later gun in similar condition, but primarily collectors think that. They look for high condition revolvers, so shooter grade revolvers of either type might show no price differentiation.

Hammer shape and serial number will tell them apart. The short-action guns have the sculpted hammer (popularly called the "fish hook" hammer) with a deeper hollow on top. The long actions guns will have an S prefix to the serial number except for guns numbered above S990000 (round number). The short action guns will have a C in front of the serial number, except that a few two-inchers may exist among the highest numbers in the S prefix serial number range.
Thanks for this info. I'm looking at a 1946ish 6" M&P in 97-98% condition with the large ejector rod and one line address in the original box with original grips. Hard to find a value on these.
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Keep in mind that there are values and there are other values. To bring top dollar, everything must be in top condition and original. Those last couple of condition percentage points can make a huge difference in value. Then how it is sold makes a difference. Sale to a pawnshop (see: Pawn Stars) or a gun shop will usually result in a disappointingly low price offer, maybe 50% or less of the "retail" price.
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Understood.
I'm going to offer it to members of our local sportsmen's club for $400, then will take it online if it doesn't sell.
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A photograph would be a big help in determining the value. Sonora
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