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S&W Revolver, ID help needed

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Woosie, Sep 19, 2005.

  1. Woosie

    Woosie New Member

    I recently aquired a S&W revolver. I beleive it is a model 10, but can not find it stamped anywhere. It is a 38 special. Serial number K 37371. Any help on what year this revolver is or how much it might be worth would be a great help. The gun is in perfect condition, may be unshot.

  2. FPrice

    FPrice Well-Known Member

    This would place it most likely in 1948. It's not a (pre)Model 10 since it's in the "K" serial number range. There are a few possibilities. But we need more information.

    What is the barrel length? Can you post or email a picture?

    GUNKWAZY Well-Known Member

    What are the barrel markings on this gun ?
    Is there any along the top ? Patent dates ?
    Give us all the info and all the markings.
    That will help identify the gun.
    Also, what sights & barrel length.

    Thanks, Jeff (GUNKWAZY)
  4. Brian Williams

    Brian Williams Moderator Emeritus

    Does it have adjustable sights because a K serial number normally does
    K37371 would be 1948
  5. FPrice

    FPrice Well-Known Member

    More info...

    I think there are only two possibilities:

    1. 6" barrel - pre-Model 14 K38 Target Masterpiece.

    2. 4" barrel - pre-Model 15 K38 Combat Masterpiece. However manufacture of this model started in 1949.

    I have one of the early "conversions". I bought what was supposed to be a 4" Model 15 but a letter to Roy Jinks revealed that it was manufactured as a 6" pre-Model 14 K38 Target Masterpiece in Jan 49 and was returned to the factory in May 50 to have the barrel cut back to 4".
  6. Brian Williams

    Brian Williams Moderator Emeritus

    oops double
  7. thatguy

    thatguy Well-Known Member

    Does it look sorta kinda like this?

  8. FPrice

    FPrice Well-Known Member

    Or does it look like this?

  9. Trebor

    Trebor Well-Known Member

    Open the cylinder and check the yoke. Sometimes (not always) they'll be a model number stamped there.
  10. FPrice

    FPrice Well-Known Member

    From the serial number, this revolver appears to pre-date model numbers by about eight years.

    My theory is that it was called a Model 10 by a dealer who was not familiar with the finer points of identifying S&W models. I've run into a few dealers who could not properly identify some pistols.
  11. Woosie

    Woosie New Member

    The barrel is 6 inches. It looks like the second picture, but the grip looks like the top picture without the silver insert. I do not have a camera right now. There are additional stampings. The barrel has a rib on top that runs the length. Barrel stampings Smith & Wesson on one side, 38 S&W special ctg on the other. Stamped k 37371 under the barrel. Inside the cylinder is stamped c 9, and 19306. I purchased this gun as well as a remington 11-48 for $500. Both seem to be in excellent condition. Thank you for all of the help guys.
  12. BluesBear

    BluesBear member

    Sounds like a K-38 Target Masterpiece to me.
  13. FPrice

    FPrice Well-Known Member

    I think you got a good deal there, pardner. Emjoy both of them!

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