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Should my 1953 K-38 have a recessed chamber?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by albanian, Nov 3, 2004.

  1. albanian

    albanian member

    I just got my K-38 Combat Masterpiece. It has the pinned bbl but the chambers are not recessed, is that normal on a 1953 era S&W? I thought all the older K-38s were P&R. Did I get screwed? Is this a replacement cylinder?

    It has also been cold blued which wasn't in the ad. I am not going to return it unless I find out that the cylinder has been replaced.
  2. Jim Watson

    Jim Watson Well-Known Member

    Only Magnums and .22 S&Ws had recessed chambers. Flat is right.
    The cylinder ought to be numbered to the gun, though.
  3. albanian

    albanian member


    I didn't even look! It is numbered to the gun but of course the number is not the SN# it is the part # or whatever. It matches the frame # so it is correct. The grips are original I think even though the SN# is not penciled in. There is a number on them as well but it doesn't match either the SN# or the other numbers. They fit like they were hand fitted so I still think they are original.

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