S&W 38 special Model ID


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Builder1958
February 22, 2012, 02:35 AM
I recently acquired a S&W 38 special with the SN 881425. Stamped on the frame in front of the cylinder is 5 4905. Can anyone tell me about this gun? Bluing is in excellent condition. Barrel is clean, grips are nice and the cartouche stamp on the right side of the frame is excellent. Paid about $200 cuz it looked nice.

Jim

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PapaG
February 22, 2012, 02:54 PM
Need a little more infor than you have provided. Five or six shot, J, K, L frame? Anything else stamped on the frame?

Builder1958
February 22, 2012, 03:17 PM
6 shot, pretty sure K is stamped on the frame, don't have it in front of me.

waidmann
February 22, 2012, 08:20 PM
Photos cut the guess work. Is there a letter in addition to the 6 digits? Are the sights adjustable or fixed? Barrel length, measured from the front of the cylinder to the muzzle?

Good news, for $200 you likely did well.

Builder1958
February 22, 2012, 09:55 PM
An S is stamped on the front of the frame bottom. 4" barrel, fixed front sight with a fluted frame that you look down for a back site.

Builder1958
February 22, 2012, 09:59 PM
6 shot. S in front of serial number on bottom of frame. Fixed front site, flute on top of frame to site in. 4" barrel

SaxonPig
February 22, 2012, 11:20 PM
That is a transitional model Military & Police Model built 1946-48 using left over pre-war parts. The M&P becomes the Model 10 in 1957. If it functions OK then you got a good deal at $200.

Builder1958
February 22, 2012, 11:25 PM
interesting that the serial # on the frame and cylinder match. Cool that it is so old and in good shape. Do the grips look original to you?

Radagast
February 23, 2012, 01:43 AM
Take off the grips. The serial number will be on the left inside panel. If it matches the gun then they are original.

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