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Old 05-18-2017, 10:19 PM
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I'm looking for an identification on a S&W pistol my grandfather recently passed down to me. It was his old duty-gun when he was armored car security. I have done some research prior to posting on this forum and my best guess is that it is a pre-model 10 but I'm new to all this so I could be way off. The gun is a hand ejector S&W .38 Special with a 4" barrel and fixed sights. The serial number is C 397387. I have included pictures with this post in case I'm missing anything. Also, any additional information (what ammo to shoot, etc.) would be greatly appreciated.
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1954-56 pre model 10. Looks like a beauty. They started in 1948 with C1 and ended in 1967 with C999999. In 1968 the prefix became a "D".

.38 special will work fine.

This one is from 1950.


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This was with six 158 grain lead nosed bullets at 7 yards

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Yes, it is a so-called "pre-Model 10."

I show C3797xx and C3888xx that both shipped in 1957, the first in January, the second in June. I suspect yours also shipped that year.

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Ox916:

That seems to be a beautiful and beautifully kept Smith and Wesson Military and Police. It's from after WWII, and I'm sure that there will be experts along soon who can give you a pretty close date of shipping.

But if you only had to have one gun, that would be a pretty good choice.mstaple of police departments all over the world for years. Use regular .38 Special ammunition, and enjoy it. It will serve you well, and is a wonderful family heirloom.

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Welcome to the Forum.

Sorry to hear of your loss. Your revolver is a .38 Military & Police from about 1954-1956. Yes, it is considered a pre Model 10.

Standard .38 special (158 lead bullet at 850 fps) will do fine.
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C 397387 almost certainly shipped in 1957. The closest SN on my list is C 4023xx which shipped in 9/57. As it was made just prior to S&W's use of model number designations (which started around SN C 437xxx), many collectors would call it a pre-Model 10. But S&W called it the Military and Police Model.

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For a 60-year-old gun which your grandfather carried as a duty gun, this revolver is in superb condition. Just very moderate holster wear around the muzzle and a thin turn line, otherwise the finish and stocks are in great shape. He obviously took very good care of it.
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Appears to be a four screw. Very nice!!
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That is a truly nice S&W ,take good care of it as the literally don't make em like that anymore.
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