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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 05-07-2013, 09:23 AM
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Picked up a very smooth action old S&W revolver but having trouble dating it. Could someone help? Thanks.
Caliber: 38 S&W
Serial: 29970
5 Screw Frame
Lanyard Loop
6 inch Barrel
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The SN will be on the bottom of the butt, under the barrel, and on the rear face of the cylinder. I do not think the number you provided is the SN, probably an assembly number. If the grips are original, it would date from the mid to late 1920s. But the caliber and lanyard swivel would make it a Victory or pre-Victory model .38/200 M&P made for the British Commonwealth sometime during WWII, with non-original 1920's grips. Please provide all stamped markings and the SN from the butt.

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Your correct of course: butt, barrel and cylinder are marked 696479. The number I accidently gave was an assembly number from the crane. I was guessing at first WW2 Lend-Lease due to caliber/Loop Swivel but it has no markings showing this as I've seen in the past. Perhaps Police use? No idea. Hoping the date will point me in the right direction.

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Your correct of course: butt, barrel and cylinder are marked 696479. The number I accidently gave was an assembly number from the crane. I was guessing at first WW2 Lend-Lease due to caliber/Loop Swivel but it has no markings showing this as I've seen in the past. Perhaps Police use? No idea. Hoping the date will point me in the right direction.
That one would likely have shipped in August-September 1940, which was pre-Lend Lease, so it would not have the typical United States (or U.S.) Property stamped marking on the top strap. In fact, having no military markings would be possible, if not likely, at that time. Yours is a pre-Victory .38/200 for British service with incorrect earlier grips. The correct grips would be checkered wood with diamond center and S&W medallions. Is the finish Parkerized or blued? Blued would be correct, but the picture does not seem to indicate bluing, so it could have been refinished at some time. Can you determine if the chambers have been bored out to accept .38 Special cartridges?

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Parkerized not blued. Parkerizing in minor pits under barrel. Definately refinished sometime. Chambers are still for 38 S&W not the longer Special cartridges. Thanks alot for the info and fast reply! I see I'll be comeing back to this forum alot! I have alot of old Smiths.
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