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.38 Spc CTG?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by syience187, Sep 15, 2005.

  1. syience187

    syience187 New Member

    I have a friend that owns a .38 Spc CTG. He says his grandfather gave it to him. He was issued it during the WWII time while working for the city of N.Y. He asked me if I know what it might be worth, but I havent got a clue. If anyone knows anything about this type of pistol...
  2. foghornl

    foghornl Well-Known Member

    Can you post a pic or 2, and maybe look it over for some manufacurer's name/model, etc?

    Sounds like it may be a Smith & Wesson Military & Police model, the predecessor of the Model 10.
  3. syience187

    syience187 New Member

    I'll try to get some pic before the end of the day....
  4. happy old sailor

    happy old sailor Well-Known Member

    agree with foghorn. i would risk a small wager he is correct. if this is in fact an old M&P, it is a prize in my estimation.
  5. Dr.Rob

    Dr.Rob Moderator Staff Member

    That is how Colt wrote .38 Special on the barrel. Could be a 'Commando' issued to civilian defense workers and police during WW2.
  6. Morgan

    Morgan Well-Known Member

    I've got a WWII Colt Commando (made in 1942, issued to OSI - neat gun, I wish it could talk).

    It clearly states on the barrel: "Colt Commando", and under that ".38 Special".

    The Commando is a 4".

    My Cobra and Detective Special (both snubbies) say ".38 Special CTG".

    What is the barrel length on the revolver in question? I'd bet it's a Detective Special.
  7. thatguy

    thatguy Well-Known Member

    syience187- What you described on the barrel is the caliber marking. It's a .38 Special Cartridge. This could be any number of revolvers. I assume there are some other markings on the gun indicating who made it? The two most likely suspects are Smith & Wesson or Colt.

    Does it look something like this S&W?


    Or maybe more like this Colt?

  8. Cosmoline

    Cosmoline Well-Known Member

    Does the cylinder release latch PUSH IN (S&W) or PULL OUT (Colt)

    My guess is it's an old Pol. Positive Special or Official Police.
  9. happy old sailor

    happy old sailor Well-Known Member

    i'm liking this thread better and better. mystery gun, huh?, and one i could afford if i ran across a goodun
  10. DennisE

    DennisE Well-Known Member

    Hi! Bottom picture looks a lot like one of my grandfather's 1909 Colt New Police revolver chamber in the .32 New Police caliber that he bought and carried in Montana in '09 when he was a locomotive engineer out of Helena. I'm the happy owner of this piece of family history. Dennis
  11. BluesBear

    BluesBear member

    Well, actually, to be correct;

    Smith & Wessons PUSH FORWARD.
    and it's the Rugers that PUSH IN.
  12. Standing Wolf

    Standing Wolf Member in memoriam

    Yeah, and someday, some genius is going to think of ambidextrous cylinder releases. I have no idea why this has never been done.
  13. thatguy

    thatguy Well-Known Member

    Well, I think the old High Standard revolvers opened by pulling the ejector rod forward. That would be equally easy for either hand, no?
  14. Cosmoline

    Cosmoline Well-Known Member

    Further refinements:

    Colts slide away from the cylinder
    S&W's slide towards the clyinder
    Rugers push into the frame on a pivot
    Dan Wessons are out on the barrel

    In the mean time--do we actually have any idea what revolver is being discussed here?
  15. orgdp

    orgdp Active Member

    mystery pistol

    did we ever find out what kind of revolver he had? :what:
  16. pauli

    pauli Well-Known Member

    a good one.

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