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Texas Ranger 38 special family owned

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by dgp, Oct 22, 2011.

  1. dgp

    dgp New Member

    Oct 22, 2011
    Hello I recently inherited a six shot texas ranger 38 special CTGES. It has an elk or deer on the handles R&C on one side of the barrel. There is this rod that pulls back and then the cylider comes out so you can load it. How can I tell if this pistol is still safe to shoot? What ammunition can I use in it? Under the barrel it looks like there is the word BELGIUM but can't quite make it out.

    Any help is greatly appreciated!

  2. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Sep 17, 2007
    Eastern KS
    Sounds like a cheap revolver made in Belgium in the early part of the 20th century.

    The mail order novelty house Johnson & Smith purchased quantities of the .38 caliber TEXAS RANGER during the 1930s and sold them for little of nothing.

    I have no idea if yours is safe to shoot now.
    But they didn't get any better or stronger over the last 80 years since they were made I betcha!

    If it times and locks the cylinder in line with the barrel it is probably as safe to shoot as it ever was.

    I would use only standard pressure .38 Special lead bullet loads.
    NO +P or +P+ jacketed self defense loads.


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