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Old 04-19-2017, 05:07 PM
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The joy of collecting is establishing a specific goal and then over time and through searching reaching it. My goal was the model 1899 revolver, Navy & Army issues and the second model Navy issue. These three revolvers are the military’s early K frames in .38.

The challenging part now is trying to determine what is “next”.

The two with marked barrels shoot .38 Military (38 LC today). The cylinder on the unmarked barrel of the 1899 Navy, will chamber a 38 Special as well. Serials are 5694, 13245, 25510.
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Old 04-19-2017, 05:16 PM
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Very nice old warhorses!
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Old 04-19-2017, 05:43 PM
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Great start, BUT there are so many other configurations available to continue your quest. For instance, you can collect all barrel lengths of the early 38 HEs, you can collect both 32-20 and 38 Special calibers, you can collect all the Model 1905 variations, nickel or blue, wood or hard rubber stocks, target or standard, etc.

I have only started on all those variations, but it is a great adventure.
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Nice triplets.
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And I felt lucky to find a parkerized 1899! These old irons have class, even if the museum says I would have to pay them to display mine.
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Congrats on completing what you consider to be "the set." Maybe move along to WWII Victory Models (unless, or course, you've already done that)?
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The real issue here is that black (and khaki) webbing holster and belt. Never saw those. What's the story?


Does the anchor emblem on the holster snap mean the black gear was USN issued? During which period?


Is the khaki set for Army use?


These guns and the Colt equivalent represent the Philippine Failure in handgun stopping power. But they remain of interest to US Martial collectors as well as to S&W collectors.

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That is a standard Navy button, still in use today.

BTW, the oldest military insignia still in use today is the Marine Corps button, which is an eagle with an anchor in its claws at an angle, not straight across like the Navy button. IIRC, it dates to about 1802.
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Way to go! NICE set.

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The two with marked barrels shoot .38 Military (38 LC today). The cylinder on the unmarked barrel of the 1899 Navy, will chamber a 38 Special as well. Serials are 5694, 13245, 25510.
It has probably been reamed. Many of the military contract guns have. A few weeks ago at the Tulsa show I got excited when I saw a Navy gun on a table. I asked to see it, and the seller quickly let me know he was motivated to sell (my kinda guy ). It was all righteous EXCEPT for the fact someone had reamed ONE chamber all the way through!
Some are converted very professionally, but a common 3/8" drill bit can be used.......
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