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Old 03-20-2017, 09:45 PM
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Serial Number: 514133
Barrel: 5"
Caliber 38 S&W Special
Fixed sights
Left Hand ejector
Appears to be double action only
Patents dated 1917 and 1914
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Old 03-20-2017, 09:56 PM
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Welcome! It's a .38 Military & Police from about 1926. The hammer should stay back when pulled back all the way, and if not it is broken or altered. Hope this is helpful.
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Old 03-20-2017, 10:49 PM
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Thanks Alan. I was concerned about not being able to cock the gun. The hammer does not stay back so currently it is DAO
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Serial Number: 514133
Barrel: 5"
Caliber 38 S&W Special
Fixed sights
Left Hand ejector
Appears to be double action only
Patents dated 1917 and 1914
Most likely from Oct/Nov time frame 1925.
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I believe those gold medallion stocks are from an earlier gun. S&Ws from the '20s had had no medallions.

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I believe those gold medallion stocks are from an earlier gun. S&Ws from the '20s had had no medallions.
Correct. The recessed gold medallion was used from 1911 until 1919. A few guns shipped in 1920 with them, due to leftover stocks (yeah, that is a pun). S&W didn't throw anything away.

Correct stocks for the OP's gun looked like this (shipped in February, 1926; serial number 531541).
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Thanks Alan. I was concerned about not being able to cock the gun. The hammer does not stay back so currently it is DAO
Not necessarily broken. A revolver that old could have some really old, dried up oil that might be stopping the single action sear set.
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Welcome to the Forum. Just a couple of notes to add - your revolver is not an antique. All K frame revolvers from the Model 1899 on are considered modern firearms by the BATF. Any gun that officially dates to 1899 or later is in this category. Also, I know how small those patent dates are, but there is no 1917 patent date for this model . . . I think that 1909 date is just ahead of the 1914 date stamp.

If you want the gun to be period correct, check ebay from time to time for those convex walnut service stocks as Jack shows.
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Thanks for all the input. I have learned quite a bit already. I am going to take a closer look at the stocks, because my initial impression is that they are plastic and not wood.
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I am going to take a closer look at the stocks, because my initial impression is that they are plastic and not wood.
Pretty sure they are walnut. They do appear to have some sort of shiny finish on them. That may have thrown you off.
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Hello Larry, while you have the grips off, spray some cleaner up in the mechanism to flush and break up all that gunk. You may have some tired springs. Please do not take the side plate off! that is down the road after many more conversations.
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Welcome to the forums from the Wiregrass! Go to an auto parts or hardware store and get some aerosol brake/carb/parts cleaner. Flush the action through the hammer or trigger openings until the effluent runs clear. See if that restores the single action. If not, you may need to have a gunsmith look at it. Be sure to lube it afterwards with 5 drops of gun oil into the action from the hammer or trigger openings.
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The stocks are indeed walnut, not plastic. I flushed the action and oiled it. Still no single action. It is actually a friend's gun. It also has considerable rust. I have advised my friend not to shoot it until a gunsmith has a look.
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Whoa...in an unrelated note...is that your full name? We are probably related.
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