Another ID my old Smith


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orvpark
July 28, 2009, 10:57 PM
I picked up a .38 S&W today, just trying to get some info on it.

5 shot
Barrel Marked: .38 S&W CTG
Butt Marked: 1208##
Under Barrel on frame marked: MOD 361 or 351?..BUT the 6/5 is stamped over by a 2?
On swingarm that supports cylender it is marked 494##

Forgive me for my incorrect terms.

2.25 or 2.5" barrel, very dark blue (almost black), ramp/notch sights non-adjustable, the grips are white and have a eagle landing picture (probably cheap addons?)

It HAS NOT been converted to .38 Special

Any info on this gun?

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Jim Watson
July 29, 2009, 12:33 AM
Barrel length is properly measured from the muzzle clear back to the front face of the cylinder. Now what do you get?

A five shot .38 S&W with barrel longer than 2" is a Regulation Police, numbered as Model 33 after 1957.

orvpark
July 29, 2009, 12:48 AM
Thanks for the tip, I just eyeballed it.

It is 2" even.

Jim Watson
July 29, 2009, 01:03 AM
OK, a 5 shot .38 S&W with a 2" barrel was known as the Terrier and given the model number 32 in 1958. Early on, it was simply the .38-.32 because it was a .38 caliber on the .32 Hand Ejector frame.

Maybe Old Fuff will look up the actual year yours was made, I don't have the book.

orvpark
July 29, 2009, 01:04 AM
After digging around the net with your "regulation police" tip I stumbled upon the 2" "Terrier" That looks to be what this is. It is post war according to another post here on THR listing serial number ranges.

Looks like I did pretty good on the price anyway. Thanks

EDIT: Beat me too it!

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