S&W Revolver, ID help needed


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Woosie
September 19, 2005, 10:20 PM
I recently aquired a S&W revolver. I beleive it is a model 10, but can not find it stamped anywhere. It is a 38 special. Serial number K 37371. Any help on what year this revolver is or how much it might be worth would be a great help. The gun is in perfect condition, may be unshot.

Thanks

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FPrice
September 19, 2005, 10:30 PM
Serial number K 37371.

This would place it most likely in 1948. It's not a (pre)Model 10 since it's in the "K" serial number range. There are a few possibilities. But we need more information.

What is the barrel length? Can you post or email a picture?

GUNKWAZY
September 19, 2005, 10:31 PM
What are the barrel markings on this gun ?
Is there any along the top ? Patent dates ?
Give us all the info and all the markings.
That will help identify the gun.
Also, what sights & barrel length.

Thanks, Jeff (GUNKWAZY)

Brian Williams
September 19, 2005, 10:33 PM
Does it have adjustable sights because a K serial number normally does
K37371 would be 1948

FPrice
September 19, 2005, 10:39 PM
I think there are only two possibilities:

1. 6" barrel - pre-Model 14 K38 Target Masterpiece.

2. 4" barrel - pre-Model 15 K38 Combat Masterpiece. However manufacture of this model started in 1949.

I have one of the early "conversions". I bought what was supposed to be a 4" Model 15 but a letter to Roy Jinks revealed that it was manufactured as a 6" pre-Model 14 K38 Target Masterpiece in Jan 49 and was returned to the factory in May 50 to have the barrel cut back to 4".

Brian Williams
September 19, 2005, 11:02 PM
oops double

thatguy
September 20, 2005, 11:40 AM
Does it look sorta kinda like this?

http://www.fototime.com/79F5468DAB28CBC/standard.jpg

FPrice
September 20, 2005, 12:04 PM
Or does it look like this?

http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=22697

Trebor
September 20, 2005, 02:20 PM
Open the cylinder and check the yoke. Sometimes (not always) they'll be a model number stamped there.

FPrice
September 20, 2005, 04:17 PM
Open the cylinder and check the yoke. Sometimes (not always) they'll be a model number stamped there.

From the serial number, this revolver appears to pre-date model numbers by about eight years.

My theory is that it was called a Model 10 by a dealer who was not familiar with the finer points of identifying S&W models. I've run into a few dealers who could not properly identify some pistols.

Woosie
September 20, 2005, 10:53 PM
The barrel is 6 inches. It looks like the second picture, but the grip looks like the top picture without the silver insert. I do not have a camera right now. There are additional stampings. The barrel has a rib on top that runs the length. Barrel stampings Smith & Wesson on one side, 38 S&W special ctg on the other. Stamped k 37371 under the barrel. Inside the cylinder is stamped c 9, and 19306. I purchased this gun as well as a remington 11-48 for $500. Both seem to be in excellent condition. Thank you for all of the help guys.

BluesBear
September 21, 2005, 11:21 AM
Sounds like a K-38 Target Masterpiece to me.

FPrice
September 21, 2005, 11:38 AM
I purchased this gun as well as a remington 11-48 for $500. Both seem to be in excellent condition.

I think you got a good deal there, pardner. Emjoy both of them!

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