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Old 09-12-2017, 05:48 PM
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Got my second post-war long action 38 in as many weeks the other day. I knew there was a star on the butt from the pictures but figured I'd give it a shot.

Great blueing with a couple spots of wear, nearly no turn line, dirty with lint, super tight, great action, timing spot on, matching frame/cylinder/yoke/ejector/stocks...not barrel.

This went back to the factory in Feb 1950, where I'm guessing the barrel was replaced? The blueing is slightly off from the frame. The question is, did the factory mis-stamp the serial on the barrel or did some lucky previous owner happen to find a barrel that was exactly 11,000 off? The barrel pin is a bit buggered on the right side.

I may just have to letter this one.
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Old 09-12-2017, 05:50 PM
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And some with big brother...
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My guess is the workman at S&W who serialized the replacement barrel misread the 5s as 6s or misread the 6 on the stamp as a 5. Less than perfect collector status has its advantages -- you can shoot it & carry it. It would be a great find in my neighborhood.
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My guess is this was rebarreled from a 5" revolver. I don't show any 2" guns in that immediate serial range, and I have recorded some 5" guns very close and on either side of your number. I do show a batch of 2" square butt examples in the S957xxx to S960xxx range and in the S966xxx range.

I suspect your revolver got itself a non-factory barrel swap sometime after it made its visit to the Service Department in February, 1950.

If this was a factory conversion, the SD would have stamped the correct serial number on the barrel flat. It stretches credibility to think the technician stamped two incorrect digits, although I agree it is possible. It is interesting that the last three match, I will admit. Strange.
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I vote mis stamp.

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I suspect your revolver got itself a non-factory barrel swap sometime after it made its visit to the Service Department in February, 1950.

If this was a factory conversion, the SD would have stamped the correct serial number on the barrel flat. It stretches credibility to think the technician stamped two incorrect digits, although I agree it is possible. It is interesting that the last three match, I will admit. Strange.
Given the serial overlap of 4 out of 6 digits, the factory return relatively soon after the gun's birth, and no other discernible reason for the return, I think I would see the stretch more in assuming this is coincidence and there is yet another event, a barrel change independent of the (then unexplained) factory work.

Since the two incorrect digits are the same, they really might require only one misread, a happenstance easier to imagine. Did the tech stamp the barrel before or after installation? Did he read the serial off the butt or off a piece of paper where someone might have noted it incorrectly or with bad handwriting? Imponderables ...
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A beauty. good job.
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I say outside the factory barrel swap. The Service Department would never let a barrel pin leave the shop like yours.
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I say outside the factory barrel swap. The Service Department would never let a barrel pin leave the shop like yours.
Following Bill's recent announcement, this gun falls into the time frame that is now accessible for resesearch by the SWHF, and there just MIGHT be a record of the 1950 rework, which would settle this. If this were my gun, it would be worth the money. But then, I've always been the curious type .
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....The Service Department would never let a barrel pin leave the shop like yours.
It's also hard for me to imagine that the service department would send a gun out with a color mismatched barrel - if they indeed had performed the barrel swap.

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Don and wheelgun610 make good points. Also, to me, the S966xxx serial number is significant, because it is known that 2" guns were assembled in that serial range. I'm sticking with my opinion that this was an aftermarket barrel swap.

I've been wrong before, but this time I don't think I am.
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