A free S&W Early Hand Ejector


January 12, 2013, 07:16 PM
I picked up a couple of watches (a Rolex and an Omega) at an estate sale. I made an offer on a couple of other items and then noticed an old, dusty gold S&W box under a stack of old photos. Once we did the deal on the watches I asked about the S&W revolver. The lady said "take it....I hated it since my husband bought it."

Thank you very much!

I don't know very much about the S&W early hand ejectors.

I am pretty sure that it is a .38 Military and Police (Postwar) "Pre-Model 10". If true then it is a K-frame with a square butt. I know it has 5 screws and looks to be circa 1948 with a serial# of C81386. The box matches and it has a 5" barrel which is also on the box. I know that millions of these were made but IIRC the 5" was a little more scarce.

Anyway...here are some pics. It has a few rough spots but looks in excellent shape overall. The grips have one small, light scratch but no chips. The bore is bright and looks to have been very lightly used.




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Cast of One
January 12, 2013, 07:52 PM
Nice find. Every estate sale I go to has nothing but old coffee mugs and newspapers.

January 12, 2013, 08:41 PM
Lovely! And for free! You are one lucky sucker.

Of course, you did buy a Rolex and an Omega from her, so I guess you deserved it.

January 12, 2013, 08:49 PM
Nice find. I guess you're a watch fan, too. I never did like having to grab my phone, to check the time.
I can't afford high end Swiss watches, like you ;), but, I'm happy with my Japanese and Russian timepieces. I would give one of a pair of my, now rarely used, body parts to have a Grand Seiko, or an Omega. Maybe even a Hublot or Panerai.
Before anyone's minds go into the gutter, remember that there are numerous body parts that are issued in pairs from head to toe, 39, that I can count.
I can dream, can't I?

BTW, which model Rolex and Omega did you get? I think pics of that beautiful Smith with the watches would be in order.

January 12, 2013, 08:53 PM
It's beautiful. Nice job.

January 12, 2013, 09:00 PM
Man, you must be living right! BTW, I give you twice what you paid for it. ;)


January 12, 2013, 09:01 PM
deleted because I had a "swing and a miss"

January 12, 2013, 09:03 PM
The lady said "take it....I hated it since my husband bought it."I hope you had the decency to hold her and cuddle for awhile after! :D

You Lucky Bas -- - ahhh, person you!


Jim Watson
January 12, 2013, 09:04 PM
My word, the gold box is worth a good deal of money by itself.

January 12, 2013, 09:21 PM
BTW, which model Rolex and Omega did you get? I think pics of that beautiful Smith with the watches would be in order.

1961 Rolex Oyster.
1959 Omega Seamaster.

January 12, 2013, 09:22 PM
She gave you $600-700 !:D Prolly the best all around gun one could own.

January 13, 2013, 01:05 AM
I assume you typo-ed cuddle. the Urban Dictionary definition of the term you typed is well and truly beyond the Art's Grammaw standard. Yuck.

January 13, 2013, 01:15 AM
Sweet, and sweet. Oyster and Seamaster. I'm drooling.
Please don't tell me you didn't pay more than $700 for the pair of them.
If so, then you essentially got the whole kit and caboodle for free.

January 13, 2013, 04:09 AM
That's a nice one! Five inches don't show up all that often any more.

January 13, 2013, 08:30 AM
on my keyboard the "b" and the "d" are pretty far apart.

just sayin'

Beautiful revolver.

Let us know how she shoots

Driftwood Johnson
January 13, 2013, 10:32 AM

I have not looked up the SN, but that style of hammer is right for about 1948. It is a transitional type of hammer that was used before the current 'short action' hammer became standard. Easier to get a grip on the hammer spur when cocking the gun and your thumb is less likely to slip off than with the 'normal' hammer style.

Here are a pair of 4" Smiths, an M&P on the top and a Model 10 on the bottom. The standard hammer is on the M&P and a modern 'short throw' hammer is on the Model 10.


The K 38 at the top of this photo has the same type of hammer your new acquisition has and it was also made in 1948. Compare the hammer to the one on the M&P Target model below. Much easier for a sweaty thumb to slip off when cocking the revolver


Anyhoo, very nice find.

Old Fuff
January 13, 2013, 11:09 AM
One time I was called by a gentleman who wanted to know if I bought used guns. I replied, "Yes, well sometimes... What do you have?"

"Well he said, I don't know much about guns, but it's a Colt, and the bullets go into the handle."

“That would make it a pistol,” I said. “Is it big or little?”

“It’s pretty big,” He replied, “I think it’s maybe a forty-five.”

“Sounds like a Government Model,” says I, and he comes back with, “I don’t know, but it says… ah… National Match on the side.”

“Bring it in,” say I.

He did, and this was his story.

In or about 1940 he and his brother were small boys, and their father who was wealthy receive a letter threatening to kidnap his sons if a ransom wasn’t paid forthwith. Alarmed he called the FBI. They set a trap, and when the not-to-bright extortionist showed up to collect he was arrested.

But the father, still worried, went to a local retailer, who obviously picked out the most expensive handgun they had – A Colt National Match .45.

But when he brought his purchase home his wife hit the roof and went into a hysterical blow-up. Under no circumstances were any guns to be allowed near her children. Completely cowed, the pistol (that was brand new and unfired) was field stripped, put back in the original box, and left on the highest shelf in the master bedroom closet.

There it had remained until this day, which was over two decades later. The father had passed away, and his son – now an adult – explained that his mother had ordered that the hated pistol be banished from her house at once! He now lived in Hawaii, where anti-gun laws would not permit him to have it (and he didn’t want it anyway). “Would I,” he pleaded, “Take it off his hands?”

It was difficult, but I did what had to be done… :evil:

January 13, 2013, 11:44 AM
Oh, the injustice!

And me, the paragon of deservedness and need have only been charged with disposal of RG's and Ravens. And to a SIG guy!:banghead:

Old Fuff
January 13, 2013, 11:50 AM
Oh, the injustice!

I know, but I didn't have a choice. His mother had forbid him to bring it home, and if he threw it into a trash barrel one of the "bad people" might find it.

I have always felt bad about not sending his mother a thank-you note... :uhoh:

January 13, 2013, 11:53 AM
Directed primarily to the OP Fuff, but if the trigger shoe fits....

January 13, 2013, 12:02 PM
Crazy stuff happens.

Last fall a guy walked into our local pawn & gun shop with a Winchester 76 and a Spencer carbine.

He laid them on the counter, and ask if they would take them.
The pawn shop guy said sure, and was just getting his wheels turning to make an offer.

Then he told the pawn shop guy his father had passed, and he didn't want "those" guns in his house.

Then he thanked him, turned around, and walked out!


Old Fuff
January 13, 2013, 12:33 PM
I think the moral of the story in all of the posted incidents is that if you have any valuable guns (or anything else) specify in your will how you want them disposed of. This is especially so if no one in the family is interested or have a strongly negative feeling about them. Otherwise they may end up at a $50 gun buy-back.

Suggestion: If you don't have a better alternative specify that the collection is to be donated to the National Rifle Association (or other organization of your choice) with a provision that they can sell them if they choose.

January 13, 2013, 01:34 PM
I tell you what. Having that must be even more of a burden for you than it was for her. Just to be nice, though, I'll double..no, triple what you have in it. :)

That five incher is beautiful.

January 13, 2013, 02:47 PM
Come on now, you've had plenty of time to take/post pics of that Smith with those two nice Swiss watches.
I'm getting impatient. ;)

Or, join the forum at www.watchuseek.com and post pics of them there.

January 15, 2013, 07:23 PM
Re: 1961 Rolex Oyster.
Which reference number? Date, or no date?

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