Smith & Wesson Forum

Go Back   Smith & Wesson Forum > >


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 05-16-2018, 04:32 PM
Savannah Arsenal's Avatar
Savannah Arsenal Savannah Arsenal is offline
Member
Please Help ID Grandma's Old Revolver Please Help ID Grandma's Old Revolver Please Help ID Grandma's Old Revolver Please Help ID Grandma's Old Revolver Please Help ID Grandma's Old Revolver  
Join Date: Dec 2016
Posts: 6
Likes: 5
Liked 38 Times in 4 Posts
Default Please Help ID Grandma's Old Revolver

I just inherited three ancient revolvers.

I remember my Grandma carrying this revolver in her purse when I was a child (I'm 49 now). The double action revolver originally belonged to my Great Grandfather. Now it's mine. I would really appreciate any help with regards to identifying the model number and year of manufacture. Also, it locks up tight and there is plenty of rifling left. Is it safe to fire with modern ammunition?

It is .38 S&W caliber.
Markings on the side of the barrel say "Regulation Police".
Behind the yoke is the number: 2279.
The serial number is: 57XX.

Any help is greatly appreciated!
Attached Thumbnails
Please Help ID Grandma's Old Revolver-img_5785-jpg  
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 05-16-2018, 04:42 PM
DWalt's Avatar
DWalt DWalt is offline
Member
Please Help ID Grandma's Old Revolver Please Help ID Grandma's Old Revolver Please Help ID Grandma's Old Revolver Please Help ID Grandma's Old Revolver Please Help ID Grandma's Old Revolver  
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: South Texas
Posts: 23,019
Likes: 2
Liked 13,903 Times in 7,686 Posts
Default

A .38 S&W RP (it is called the Regulation Police Model) with SN 57xx probably shipped in early 1918. On my list is 56xx which shipped in 3/18, also 65xx shipping in 4/18. It will be safe to fire with any .38 S&W ammunition you can find, except .38 S&W ammunition is somewhat difficult to find, most dealers will not stock it. You may have to have it special ordered by a dealer or ordered from internet sources. And it is not cheap. It is not the same as .38 Special ammunition.
Reply With Quote
The Following User Likes This Post:
  #3  
Old 05-16-2018, 06:33 PM
Smithboomer Smithboomer is offline
Member
Please Help ID Grandma's Old Revolver  
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Upstate NY
Posts: 289
Likes: 36
Liked 56 Times in 38 Posts
Default

A fine 100 year old family treasure. Congrats.
Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Like Post:
  #4  
Old 05-16-2018, 06:41 PM
RGVshooter RGVshooter is offline
Member
Please Help ID Grandma's Old Revolver Please Help ID Grandma's Old Revolver Please Help ID Grandma's Old Revolver Please Help ID Grandma's Old Revolver Please Help ID Grandma's Old Revolver  
Join Date: Jun 2016
Location: USA
Posts: 1,169
Likes: 1,008
Liked 1,316 Times in 583 Posts
Default

My local Bass Pro shop stocks 38 S&W.
Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Like Post:
  #5  
Old 05-16-2018, 06:44 PM
Muley Gil Muley Gil is offline
US Veteran
Please Help ID Grandma's Old Revolver Please Help ID Grandma's Old Revolver Please Help ID Grandma's Old Revolver Please Help ID Grandma's Old Revolver Please Help ID Grandma's Old Revolver  
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: The SW Va Blue Ridge
Posts: 11,080
Likes: 31,694
Liked 9,742 Times in 3,791 Posts
Default

Welcome to the Forum.
__________________
John 3:16
WAR EAGLE!
Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Like Post:
  #6  
Old 05-16-2018, 07:30 PM
deyomatic deyomatic is offline
Member
Please Help ID Grandma's Old Revolver Please Help ID Grandma's Old Revolver Please Help ID Grandma's Old Revolver Please Help ID Grandma's Old Revolver Please Help ID Grandma's Old Revolver  
Join Date: May 2015
Posts: 586
Likes: 1,204
Liked 407 Times in 198 Posts
Default

You're killing me- What are the other two?
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 05-16-2018, 10:20 PM
Savannah Arsenal's Avatar
Savannah Arsenal Savannah Arsenal is offline
Member
Please Help ID Grandma's Old Revolver Please Help ID Grandma's Old Revolver Please Help ID Grandma's Old Revolver Please Help ID Grandma's Old Revolver Please Help ID Grandma's Old Revolver  
Join Date: Dec 2016
Posts: 6
Likes: 5
Liked 38 Times in 4 Posts
Default The other two...

The other two...

Great Grandfather's revolver

Great Grandmother's Lemon Squeezer
Reply With Quote
The Following 3 Users Like Post:
  #8  
Old 05-16-2018, 10:21 PM
Savannah Arsenal's Avatar
Savannah Arsenal Savannah Arsenal is offline
Member
Please Help ID Grandma's Old Revolver Please Help ID Grandma's Old Revolver Please Help ID Grandma's Old Revolver Please Help ID Grandma's Old Revolver Please Help ID Grandma's Old Revolver  
Join Date: Dec 2016
Posts: 6
Likes: 5
Liked 38 Times in 4 Posts
Default

Thank you so much!!!!
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 05-16-2018, 10:48 PM
RGVshooter RGVshooter is offline
Member
Please Help ID Grandma's Old Revolver Please Help ID Grandma's Old Revolver Please Help ID Grandma's Old Revolver Please Help ID Grandma's Old Revolver Please Help ID Grandma's Old Revolver  
Join Date: Jun 2016
Location: USA
Posts: 1,169
Likes: 1,008
Liked 1,316 Times in 583 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Savannah Arsenal View Post

What's the story on the guns? Were they kept around the house or what?
Reply With Quote
The Following User Likes This Post:
  #10  
Old 05-17-2018, 02:15 AM
Hondo44 Hondo44 is offline
SWCA Member
Please Help ID Grandma's Old Revolver Please Help ID Grandma's Old Revolver Please Help ID Grandma's Old Revolver Please Help ID Grandma's Old Revolver Please Help ID Grandma's Old Revolver  
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: California
Posts: 13,183
Likes: 4,129
Liked 9,728 Times in 4,361 Posts
Default

What a great heirloom, the best of the three!

It was introduced as a new model in 1917. It's a Hand Ejector double action revolver with a swing out cyl. First produced and sold in 1896 for a .32 Cartridge, and still the same basic design used today in many sizes up to and including S&W's 500 Magnum.

There's better self defense cartridges these days but it'll do, just keep pulling the trigger when needed. The police carried these for many years, hence the name.

More fun to shoot than a 38 Spl! And very accurate. With a few modifications these 38 S&W I frames were made until 1974. Some had shorter barrels and smaller grip frame shapes.
__________________
Jim
S&WCA #819
Reply With Quote
The Following 3 Users Like Post:
  #11  
Old 05-17-2018, 02:55 PM
bjrjar bjrjar is offline
Member
Please Help ID Grandma's Old Revolver Please Help ID Grandma's Old Revolver Please Help ID Grandma's Old Revolver Please Help ID Grandma's Old Revolver Please Help ID Grandma's Old Revolver  
Join Date: Aug 2017
Posts: 60
Likes: 42
Liked 66 Times in 32 Posts
Default Please Help ID Grandma's Old Revolver

Quote:
Originally Posted by RGVshooter View Post
What's the story on the guns? Were they kept around the house or what?


The two nickel revolvers look identical to one I have. I did a little digging for info on mine and found that they were sold at many hardware stores under different names. I think mine was H&R but the manufacturer would apparently supply them marked with whatever brand name you as a store owner wanted. I think mine is a .38 short. It is well worn. I have not fired it.

Bob


Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk

Last edited by bjrjar; 05-17-2018 at 02:56 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 05-17-2018, 03:46 PM
DWalt's Avatar
DWalt DWalt is offline
Member
Please Help ID Grandma's Old Revolver Please Help ID Grandma's Old Revolver Please Help ID Grandma's Old Revolver Please Help ID Grandma's Old Revolver Please Help ID Grandma's Old Revolver  
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: South Texas
Posts: 23,019
Likes: 2
Liked 13,903 Times in 7,686 Posts
Default

Around the turn of the century there were many manufacturers of revolvers other than Colt and S&W. Those were the "quality" makers of that time, and to my knowledge, they never produced house brand revolvers for chain stores, etc. as others did. They were also sold for double to triple the price of similar revolvers. H&R and Iver Johnson were the best known US manufacturers of the "economy" revolvers, but there were several other makers in addition to foreign imports. There was a large market for them due to their substantially lower prices vs. Colt and S&W revolvers.

Last edited by DWalt; 05-17-2018 at 03:48 PM.
Reply With Quote
The Following User Likes This Post:
  #13  
Old 05-17-2018, 03:49 PM
bjrjar bjrjar is offline
Member
Please Help ID Grandma's Old Revolver Please Help ID Grandma's Old Revolver Please Help ID Grandma's Old Revolver Please Help ID Grandma's Old Revolver Please Help ID Grandma's Old Revolver  
Join Date: Aug 2017
Posts: 60
Likes: 42
Liked 66 Times in 32 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by DWalt View Post
Around the turn of the century there were many manufacturers of revolvers other than Colt and S&W. Those were the "quality" makers of that time, and to my knowledge, they never produced house brand revolvers for chain stores, etc. as others did. They were also sold for double to triple the price of similar revolvers. H&R and Iver Johnson were the best known US manufacturers of the "economy" revolvers, but there were several other makers in addition to foreign imports. There was a large market for them due to their substantially lower prices vs. Colt and S&W revolvers.


No doubt they were the folks responsible for the saying “hotter than a two dollar pistol”...

Bob


Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
Reply With Quote
The Following User Likes This Post:
  #14  
Old 05-17-2018, 05:47 PM
Eddietruett Eddietruett is online now
Member
Please Help ID Grandma's Old Revolver Please Help ID Grandma's Old Revolver Please Help ID Grandma's Old Revolver Please Help ID Grandma's Old Revolver Please Help ID Grandma's Old Revolver  
Join Date: Dec 2016
Location: South Carolina
Posts: 684
Likes: 329
Liked 1,166 Times in 365 Posts
Default

I love the fact that grandma carried that hogleg around in her purse!
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 05-17-2018, 06:08 PM
les.b's Avatar
les.b les.b is offline
US Veteran
Please Help ID Grandma's Old Revolver Please Help ID Grandma's Old Revolver Please Help ID Grandma's Old Revolver Please Help ID Grandma's Old Revolver Please Help ID Grandma's Old Revolver  
Join Date: May 2015
Location: West Virginia
Posts: 4,291
Likes: 67,920
Liked 15,926 Times in 3,515 Posts
Default

Welcome to the forum!! Nice guns.

Best Regards, Les
__________________
SWCA 3084, SWHF 495, PGCA 3064
Reply With Quote
  #16  
Old 05-17-2018, 07:55 PM
S&W Oldtimer's Avatar
S&W Oldtimer S&W Oldtimer is offline
SWCA Member
Please Help ID Grandma's Old Revolver Please Help ID Grandma's Old Revolver Please Help ID Grandma's Old Revolver Please Help ID Grandma's Old Revolver Please Help ID Grandma's Old Revolver  
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: SW VA
Posts: 15,104
Likes: 3,528
Liked 1,016 Times in 842 Posts
Default

Welcome to the forum.
__________________
Roger
Reply With Quote
The Following User Likes This Post:
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
newbie seeking info on Great GrandMa's revolver abby156 S&W Antiques 7 10-23-2014 04:34 PM
Grandma's Revolver Needs ID mellingfamily S&W Hand Ejectors: 1896 to 1961 7 08-19-2013 08:39 AM
Greetings from MN Grandma GrandmaLynn New Members Introduction 21 01-24-2013 09:37 PM
Grandma got , , , mkk41 The Lounge 1 12-24-2010 11:14 AM
Grandma from WI has a new M&P9 MomOnTheRange New Members Introduction 10 05-14-2009 06:06 PM

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3
smith-wessonforum.com tested by Norton Internet Security smith-wessonforum.com tested by McAfee Internet Security

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 06:28 PM.


Search Engine Optimisation provided by DragonByte SEO v2.0.42 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2018 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
© S-W Forum, LLC 2000-2018
Smith-WessonForum.com is not affiliated with Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select: SWHC)