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.38 Spc CTG?

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

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  1. syience187

    syience187 Member

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    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

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    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

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    I'll try to get some pic before the end of the day....
     
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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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?

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    Or maybe more like this Colt?

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  8. Cosmoline

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

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    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
     
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    Well, actually, to be correct;

    Smith & Wessons PUSH FORWARD.
    Colts PULL TO THE REAR
    and it's the Rugers that PUSH IN.
    :D
     
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    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

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    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

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    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?
     
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    mystery pistol

    did we ever find out what kind of revolver he had? :what:
     
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    a good one.
     
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