Help Identify Old S&W

Discussion in 'Firearms' started by adavid02, Jan 18, 2018.

  1. adavid02

    adavid02 Active Member

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    What’s the best way of dating an old S&W revolver?
    I have a .38 Special S&W. On the left side of the barrel it appears to read “GB S&W Special”
    “U.S. Service CTG’s”

    On the right side it reads “Smith & Wesson Springfield Mass USA
    PAT’D Apr 19 89, March 27 94, May 02 95, July 26 96,Aug 04 96, Dec 22 96, Oct 4 98, Oct 8 91, Dec 17 01”

    The serial starts with 55xxx
     

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  2. UtiPossidetis

    UtiPossidetis American

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    S&W forum has lots of oldsters that think plastic is only for cheap children's toys. They eat stuff like your request up and love it.
     

  3. Nemo

    Nemo Man of Myth and Legend

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    Are you sure thats 38 special? It sounds like it might be a 38 S&W cartridge. A touch shorter than a 38sp but can often still chamber the 38sp, with a touch of difficulty and more than a touch of dangerousness.

    Be careful until you confirm it whichever way it is.

    Nemo
     
  4. adavid02

    adavid02 Active Member

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    It was my grandfather’s and the barrel says 38, but he had it loaded with .38sp when I got it and I never really thought about it TBH
     
  5. UtiPossidetis

    UtiPossidetis American

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    adavid02 Active Member

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    Just found their site; thank you!
     
  7. UtiPossidetis

    UtiPossidetis American

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    No problem. Just be aware that they are VIGOROUS in POLICING the rules.
     
  8. adavid02

    adavid02 Active Member

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    Never known a revolver guy who wasn’t somewhat of a curmudgeon haha
     
  9. UtiPossidetis

    UtiPossidetis American

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    Truth. Lots of good knowledge, nice folks, and then there are the Mods there........
     
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  10. phantoms

    phantoms Senior Mumbler

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    Be sure to report back.
     
  11. UtiPossidetis

    UtiPossidetis American

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    You put up a pic - there are lots of old fudds very happy today. Good for you. Glad they are helping and not telling you "It would be better with a pic...." over and over and over again. ;)

    You got year of make, number made, caliber used, the version yours is, and some other stuff - all within 40 minutes. BTW, nice old pistol.
     
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  12. phantoms

    phantoms Senior Mumbler

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    They're on it over there.

    Nice looking gun. Keep it, shoot it, enjoy it.
     
  13. Nemo

    Nemo Man of Myth and Legend

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    I hope you noted one reply mentioned the Letter of Authenticity and date of shipping note from S&W. Spend the $75 to get it and you will enhance the value by $100-$150 once you have it.

    Nemo
     
  14. adavid02

    adavid02 Active Member

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    I didn’t notice that comment so think you! I will go back and check.


     
  15. Nemo

    Nemo Man of Myth and Legend

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    Post #14 in that thread.

    Nemo

    http://smith-wessonforum.com/139896695-post14.html

    Bold added
     
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