.38 spacial


October 10, 2010, 12:33 AM
i have a smith&wesson .38 special serial # c 108941 can anyone tell me about this pistol

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October 10, 2010, 12:35 AM
Model and pictures would be helpful.

October 10, 2010, 12:43 AM
no model # is stamp on this revoler don`t know how to send pics

October 10, 2010, 01:13 AM
im not shure if we can be much help here, give the guys in firearms research a try. good luck by the way, and if all else fails call up smith and wesson

October 10, 2010, 01:35 AM

I strongly recommend you briefly research how to post pictures as that will certainly yield answers for you. Even a fuzzy/grainy photo will likely land you an accurate answer.

You can also Google .38 Special S&W revolvers and see if anything looks familiar. That could give you a rough idea of what you have.

October 10, 2010, 05:13 AM
This should be moved to the revolver forum. The s/n is enough for an ID.

The Bushmaster
October 10, 2010, 09:07 AM
Have you looked inside the crane on the frame for the model number? That is usually where you will find it on a S & W...

October 10, 2010, 09:41 AM
That serial number should put it in the late 1940's or early 1950's, so there will not be a model number on it.

Picture would help to be sure, but C108941 "should" be a fixed site "K" frame.

October 10, 2010, 10:14 AM
open the cylinder and post the numbers that you find there (the matching numbers that are on the frame and the yoke are your model #'s)

October 11, 2010, 02:45 AM
Serial number C108xxx dates it to the period 1948 to 1951, the C prefix means it's a fixed sight revolver on the medium K frame.
The only fixed sight, K frame .38 Special revolver manufactured by S&W during that period was the .38 Military & Police, als known as the Pre Model 10, as the Model 10 designation began in 1957.

Basically, you have a fairly common gun, as several million Military & Polce revolvers have been made since 1898. As a result the value is in it being a shooter, not a collectors item, so if in very good condition it's probably worth $350 or so. This gun has the internal hammer block safety developed during World War II, so it is safe to keep the cylinder loaded with six rounds. Any modern factory ammunition marked .38 Special or .38 Special PlusP should be safe to fire in it, assuming it passes the revolver check out thread stickied at the top of this forum. Don't use any ammunition marked +P+, as there is no industry standard for +P+ pressure and it may be unsafe to fire.

October 11, 2010, 08:50 AM
R nailed it. The C prefix means it's a Military & Police Model made 1948-1967. That serial would be pretty early given how fast they were turning these out. Very cool guns.

October 11, 2010, 09:06 AM
as there is no industry standard for +P+ pressure and it may be unsafe to fire.

do NOT overlook this line from Radagast's post

be safe

October 12, 2010, 05:38 PM
i took my revoler to a gunsmith the only thing he could tell me that is a 5 screw this mean any thing.this pistol was my grandpa then dads now it mine

October 12, 2010, 05:50 PM
You have a cool old S&W. Shoot non +P loads in it, enjoy it, and remember your dad & grampa when you do....

Welcome to THR

October 12, 2010, 07:02 PM
^ what he said! :)

October 13, 2010, 08:52 AM
Mainstream factory +P is very mild and will not harm a S&W made after heat treating cylinders became standard practice.

Below is a 1942 M&P I fired with 500 +Ps and 600 +P+s just for fun. No effect to the gun at all. None expected.


October 14, 2010, 03:35 AM
I have a 1948 M&P and shoot the FBI Load in it all the time. (158gr LSWC/HP .38 Special +P)
Like "SaxonPig" my revolver is showing no ill effects.


October 14, 2010, 06:15 AM
Five screw refers to the number of screws in the frame. The five screw model has a screw in the front of the trigger guard, the 4 screw version doesn't, the three screw version is missing the screw at the top of the side plate near the rear sight as well. Over the years S&W changed the design to make them easier to manufacture, there have been quite a few design changes over the last 112 years.
Basically a five screw guns is older, and to some collectors may be more interesting.

October 14, 2010, 10:09 AM
thinks for the information tryed to download pics but sight won't let me

October 14, 2010, 12:07 PM
You can't download pics to THR.

You have to put the pic's on a host site like Photobucket.com, then insert the link into your post on THR.

See the Stickys here for how-too info.


October 15, 2010, 12:56 AM
i'm trying to go through photobucket got pics downloaded can't get them here

October 15, 2010, 12:59 AM
copy the IMG code into here and it will work

bottom left code on this screen shot:


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