November 12, 2008, 09:56 PM
Newest pattent date on top of the barrel is Oct 4 98. This must mean 1898 because I got the gun from my father and I think he got it from his father. The serial number on the pistol butt is 17721 with a star after it. The pistol has fixed sights and, regretably, no grips.
November 12, 2008, 10:07 PM
Offhand I'd guess a Model of 1899 Military & Police. Probably from 1900 or 1901.
Six shot with a swing out cylinder?
Free-standing ejector rod under the barrel?
A star stamp often means factory repair made at some point. Maybe a refinish.
Try this: http://www.gunblast.com/Cumpston_SW-MP.htm
November 13, 2008, 10:22 AM
The information you left me on my S&W 38 Special CTG was perfect and most appreciated. I checked the link to the article by Mike Cumpston and there was my pistol. I had never seen it with grips as mine does not have them yet.
Again many thanks,