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Old 08-07-2018, 05:26 PM
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.38 S&W, 5" with the FTR stamp on the lower right frame. frame, cylinder and barrel all match. 688056. grips do not but I believe they are period correct. the serial number on the butt is lightly stamped with much larger numbers than the factory used but match the barrel and cylinder. I couldn't get a good picture of the butt. sorry. this belongs to a friend and he would like to know more about when it shipped and app value in today's market. thanks in advance. lee
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.38 S&W, 5" with the FTR stamp on the lower right frame. frame, cylinder and barrel all match. 688056. grips do not but I believe they are period correct. the serial number on the butt is lightly stamped with much larger numbers than the factory used but match the barrel and cylinder.

....he would like to know more about when it shipped and app value in today's market...
The appearance is very typical for a Lithgow-FTRíd gun and the Australian acceptance and FTR stampings all are standard. I think I see the VEGA import mark that most have, too.

I donít really know what to make of the apparently re-stamped butt serial. Nothing to worry about if it all matches.

The small service stocks are correct and itís fairly typical for them not to match the gun. My theory is that they got separated during the refinish at Lithgow; they likely refinished the guns in batches, threw the stocks in a box and then randomly re-attached a set to each gun.

A serial from the 688-range is quite early for an Australian. The direct shipment of BSRís to Australia is somewhere in the 760-range, in May 1941; this one would have been produced in later 1940. It could have either been held back due to QC issues and then added to a later shipment, or gone in an early shipment to Britain and transfered to Australian service later. The pictures arenít good enough for me to see whether there are pre-Australian British markings.

I have one like that, with British and Australian stampings.

Value: Iíd roughly estimate 300 to 400.
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I have one that the s/n is 112K higher but otherwise identical. With purchase price, shipping and transfer fee came to $255. Was purchased off of GB and I was the only bidder. Hopes this help you determine a fair price.
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With that s/n it would be a "Pre Victory", and very possibly those grips could be original. Have you checked the inside of the right grip panel for and #'s? I had s/n 833351, also a 5 " from Australia and FTR in 59.
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the grips do not number to the gun but are period correct. lee
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I have one that the s/n is 112K higher but otherwise identical. With purchase price, shipping and transfer fee came to $255. Was purchased off of GB and I was the only bidder. Hopes this help you determine a fair price.
While 255 is a very good price, after looking at the gun in the OP's pictures on my big computer again, my estimate was likely a bit optimistic. There are a lot of rough spots on the refinish and the left grip panel has significant damage; a whole segment appears to have splintered off below the medallion; that hurts.
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