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Grandmother's gun help ID

Discussion in 'Firearms Research' started by Arborgreen, Feb 21, 2011.

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  1. Arborgreen

    Arborgreen Member

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    Found what I think is my Grandmother's gun a Smith and Wesson 38 special CTG. Serial number is 5***** just six numbers. When was this made and does it have any value. I know it has not been fired in the past 65 years and I suspect longer. If it was hers, I think this grandmother died in about 1924.
    Thanks for helping
     
  2. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

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    Need more info to be of any help.

    See this "Sticky" in the revolver forum on info needed to make a positive I.D>
    http://www.thehighroad.org/showpost.php?p=4622933&postcount=1

    BTW: CTG is only the abbreviation for Cartridge.
    As in "S&W .38 Special Cartridge".
    It has no meaning in I.D'ing a S&W as they all said that on them.

    rc
     
  3. Jim K

    Jim K Member

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    I think the only S&W .38 Special that would reach that serial number would be the Model 1905 Fourth change Military and Police Mode. If it is an M&P, it dates to the mid-1920's.

    Any further evaluation will have to wait on pictures and perhaps a better description.

    Jim
     
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