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Old 08-06-2018, 09:32 PM
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I found this old S/W in a old gun shop .so i bought her. I know the barrel has been shorten to 2 in. I think it is a 38 special. not a british Model 11 38/200. I will let you experts take a look at pictures and then you can tell me what i have.I paid very little for the old girl,and will shoot her when you guys give me the ok on her! SERIAL # is 8373xx
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Huge numbers of surplus WWII BSRs were converted to .38 Special by lengthening the .38 S&W chambers back in the 1950s and 1960s. Most were also refinished and had their barrels cut to 2". They were sold by mail order at prices in the $30 range. The grips on it are much newer than the revolver (grips are from post-1969). These revolvers have no collector significance or value. They are purely shooters and worth only whatever someone is willing to pay for a shooter. It should be safe to shoot, but you may see that the fired .38 Special cases are bulged.

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DWalt is mostly correct. This revolver started out as a British Service Revolver (BSR) in .38 S&W. The barrel looks kinda strange to me with that step. Usually the barrel is just cut without that step. The grips have a diamond around the screw holes and would date to the mid 1950s. Grips without the diamond started appearing in the mid 1960s.
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That barrel is either not the original barrel or has been dismounted and been modified. The barrel shoulder is not standard, as Muley points out. It would be very awkward for someone to machine material off the barrel while it's attached to the gun.

A so far unsolved (AFAIK) question that has come up here before is the meaning of the large P on the left frame, which has nothing to do with the later P proofs.
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..."will shoot her when you guys give me the ok on her!"

No one here can assess the safety of your revolver. It is probably ok to shoot , but it is your call - unless , of course , you have a gunsmith check it out for you. I'd be reluctant to spend any more money on that gun than you already have , whatever that may be.

The turned down , stepped barrel , which results in increased space between the ejector rod (which no longer has a lug to lock in to) is ... unusual.
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