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Just found this old S&W M&P revolver!

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by slick6, May 27, 2006.

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  1. slick6

    slick6 Member

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    I just acquired this old Smith & Wesson(6-inch)M&P revolver. It's as close to being new, as it could possibly be! The approximate vintage is 1946-47? This is my first M&P like this-so, your opinions would be welcomed!:
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  2. Kurac

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    It looks great, I like how it has most of the pre-war features
     
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    Great Catch!

    Thanks for sharing!
     
  4. Old Fuff

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    If you post a serial number (you'll find it on the bottom of the butt, and also look for the letter "S" that may or may not be preceding the number) and additional information may be available. You can use "xx" for the last two numbers if you want to.

    Subject to conformation, I think you have a .38 1905 Hand Ejector / Military & Police model (pre-model 10). It is also what is known as a “Transitional” because it has the much-admired pre-war “long action” with a much-improved post-war hammer block. This variant is scarce, particularly with a six-inch barrel.

    Another remote possibility is that it one of the last pre-war production Military & Police revolvers. The serial number will tell the tale.
     
  5. slick6

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    Old Fuff:

    The serial number on my M&P is S844784! So, how does it look to you now, in terms of scarcity or whatever might be unique(Or, at least good to know, about this M&P?)?
     
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    Deleated as duplicate.
     
  7. Old Fuff

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    Well the serial number confirms that it is a post World War Two Transitional like I suspected. I will post a better answer later, but for the time being go to the forum search feature and use the key terms "S&W and "Transitional." You'll find some interesting past threads on the subject.

    Also one is running now where "Master Blaster" has found a similar revolver in the same serial number (844,xxx) range with a 6 inch barrel. You two need to P.M. each other... ;)

    See link: http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=202530
     
  8. slick6

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    Kurac: Thanks for your nice compliment on my 6-inch, M&P!
     
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    Nice wheelie! Love M&Ps!
     
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    What is the serial number range for those "Transitional" M&P's? I'd like to keep an eye out for them as I look at S&W revolvers. Don't want to pass one up for not knowing what I'm looking at.
     
  11. Old Fuff

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    You're not supposed to find them... ONLY I CAN FIND THEM... :neener:

    Seriously, you can spot transitionals by:

    Looking at the serial number located on the bottom of the butt: It will have a letter "S" prefix, but the letter may not be located close to the number. As a rule the number will be at or under S-990184, but I have seen exceptions with higher numbers in the S-900,000 series. The series started at S-811,120 in Sept. 12, 1945.

    The hammer spur will have fine checkering. Later "short-action" revolvers had hammers with course checkering, and are numbered above S-990185.

    Almost all were blue finished, but some were factory nickel plated. Barrel lengths of 2", 4", 5" and 6" are found, with the 2" and 6" being more scarce.

    They are all 5-screw variants (4 sideplate screws with one possibly covered by the stocks, and a screw in the front of the trigger guard) and have pinned barrels with half-moon front sights that are 1/10" thick.
     
  12. Master Blaster

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    My M&P serial number is approximately 170 away from yours.

    I live on the opposite coast from you. Mine was part of a large collection that was sold on consignment by a local gunshop.

    I will hopefully post some pictures later, but it looks exactly like yours except the grips on min look brand new and are lighter in color.
     
  13. slick6

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    Master Blaster:

    1)Thanks!

    2)The grips on my M&P also look brand new(It's just the resolution of my camera that makes my grips look slightly less than new!)!
     
  14. Old Fuff

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    Interesting circumstances! It would appear that the histories of these two revolvers are not related, however the Old Fuff is not ready to jump to that conclusion.

    I hope both of you have your "finds" lettered by Roy Jinks at S&W. If you do, mention the other revolver, as he personally finds stories like this to be very interesting.

    It is most probable that these gun were either sold directly to a law enforcement agency or security company...

    Or they may have gone to a commercial distributor (perhaps the same one) and then to a retailer.

    Only Mr. Jinks knows....:)
     
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