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S&W - .38 Safety Hammerless - 3rd Model - .38 S&W

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by ezypikns, Aug 4, 2006.

  1. ezypikns

    ezypikns Participating Member

    Jul 16, 2004
    Dallas, Texas
    I'm interested in obtaining one of these old revolvers. Can you shoot .38 S&W smokeless powder cartidges safely out of these, or do they require black powder or pyrodex loads?
    Last edited: Feb 4, 2007
  2. Old Fuff

    Old Fuff Senior Elder

    Dec 24, 2002
    You are singing the Old Fuff's song...;)

    Is there some reason you want a 3rd. Model (made from 1890 to 1898) rather then a 5th Model (made from 1907-1940)? The latter has a better barrel latch and I would trust it (as I do with mine) to be safe with standard .38 S&W smokeless cartridges. Were I to shoot a 3rd Model I'd use black powder handloads.

    As for a source. I strongly recommend: www.armchairgunshow.com

    I've bought several from Jim and never got a bad one. If he doesn't have one in stock he usually can find whatever you want. Barrel lengths run 2" (very expensive), 3 1/4" (most common), and then 4", 5" and 6" (most uncommon). They were blued or nickel plated. I find them to be very interesting. They were made from 1887 to 1940 - the longest running top-break in Smith & Wesson history. Owned by a long list of interesting people running from Pres. Teddy Roosevelt to Col. Rex Applegate.

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