need some help to identifying a revolver


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fredred
October 16, 2010, 05:49 PM
it's chrome with a 4" barrel on the left side it says 38 special and us service ctgs
on the top it says best american cartridges are those that fit best the AF revolver
it has a trade mark circle looks like it has AFE all on top of each other or just AE or AF
the serial # is on the butt it's 89xx

i just want the basic info like year made and who made it and a going price
my neighbor has one for sale he won't go any lower than 250
thanks for the info

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Cosmoline
October 16, 2010, 05:59 PM
Sounds like one of the Spanish S&W clones. Thus the odd Spanglish instructions on the side.

rcmodel
October 16, 2010, 06:07 PM
+1

Cheap Spanish copy of probably a S&W, made sometime before WWII by many & assorted Spanish manufactures trying to rip off S&W's patents & good name.

If marked AE, it is for sure a Spanish Armero Especialistas.
Value is very low, as there is no collector interest, and safety with modern ammo is somewhat questionable for a shooter.

rc

dfariswheel
October 16, 2010, 07:59 PM
To be clear, $250 is AT LEAST $200 too high.

You neighbor obviously is smoking something if he's asking $250.

Jim K
October 16, 2010, 10:42 PM
IMHO, any amount is too high for that gun. I have seen three that blew up, including one that was fired with a blank. They were made out of cheap cast iron, not steel. While some are well finished and good looking on the outside, they are almost always crude on the inside. The lockwork is usually not even the S&W type, but an incredibly crude version of the simpler Colt lockwork.

You can let your neighbor know what he has, but I doubt it will make any difference, and will maybe even make him mad. But if he wants to lose a hand or an eye, it is his problem; avoid that gun.

Jim

GRIZ22
October 16, 2010, 11:24 PM
my neighbor has one for sale he won't go any lower than 250


For 250 you should be able to find a nice S&W Model 10 or Ruger Security/Speed Six.

Lucky Derby
October 17, 2010, 12:18 AM
I would not pay the $15 required to DROS (register) that gun in my state.

Guillermo
October 17, 2010, 12:47 AM
he won't go any lower than 250

Dollars?

if so...no

Radagast
October 17, 2010, 02:02 AM
It probably dates back to the period before or just before or during WWI, as .38 Special & US Service Ctg was a stamping on S&W Military & Police revolvers at that time.
J&G Sales have modern .38 revolvers for around that money, if you are after a shooter I would go there.

fredred
October 21, 2010, 10:25 AM
hey thanks for all the info i'm gonna pass and look for some gun shows around here

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