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Old 08-11-2017, 04:44 AM
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I have looking at Terriers but most that I see are modified I frame or the new J frame Terriers. I want the first I frame.

Isn't there a pre-Terrier that I might look for? Would like a snubnosed 38 S&W.

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Old 08-11-2017, 07:50 AM
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AFAIK, the pre-war Terrier was the first short barreled I-frame in 38 S&W. there was also a "Post Office" model with the rebated grip frame and Regulation Police square grips. Other than those two models, all the other I-frames I've seen have been Regulation Police models with the four inch-ish barrels. The last true I-frames made after the war (those with leaf springs rather than coil springs) seem to have been less common in 38 S&W, but they did exist. Again, I see these mostly in Terrier snubbies, but occasional longer barrels show up. Hondo44 will probably be here soon to fill in the blanks and correct my mistakes.

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Old 08-11-2017, 01:21 PM
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Prewar Terriers were made from 1936 to 1940 and are found with serial numbers in the 46xxx to 54xxx range. Most of those serial numbers will be on .38 RPs with four inch barrels, but I estimate that about 800-1000 Terriers were produced with round butts and two-inch barrels.

When production resumed after the war, we begin to see Terriers manufactured in 1950-52 with serial numbers in the 54xxx-66xxx range (that's just an approximate high end) that very much resemble the prewar guns, but have the improved hammer safety block. I always forget the approximate serial number where the flat mainspring gives way to the coil spring, but Hondo44 will be able to tell you.

Prewar Terriers can be expensive because of collector demand. The postwar transitional Terriers are less expensive but are no easier to find. I wish you good luck in the hunt.
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Prewar Terriers were made from 1936 to 1940 and are found with serial numbers in the 46xxx to 54xxx range. Most of those serial numbers will be on .38 RPs with four inch barrels, but I estimate that about 800-1000 Terriers were produced with round butts and two-inch barrels.

When production resumed after the war, we begin to see Terriers manufactured in 1950-52 with serial numbers in the 54xxx-66xxx range (that's just an approximate high end) that very much resemble the prewar guns, but have the improved hammer safety block. I always forget the approximate serial number where the flat mainspring gives way to the coil spring, but Hondo44 will be able to tell you.

Prewar Terriers can be expensive because of collector demand. The postwar transitional Terriers are less expensive but are no easier to find. I wish you good luck in the hunt.
While the postwar Terriers may be less expensive out your way, David, they are awful "thin on the ground" here on the right coast, and I don't see much if any difference between their prices. Now that I think about it, I don't remember seeing but a couple of examples of either pre- or postwar Terriers at shows and none in shops over this way. I guess those who have them want to keep them! :wink:

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You can go down to the "Wanted To Buy" section of the Classifieds, and place a WTB post. But don't hold your breath as lots of people don't want to part with them.
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