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Revolver S & W, "M & P". 38 cal sw.

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by luis miguel, Jul 19, 2010.

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  1. luis miguel

    luis miguel Member

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    Hello everyone.
    I'm writing from Spain (Europe).
    I want to ask about a Smith and Wesson revolver, Model M & P. .38 S & W.
    The revolver manufactured during World War II for the British Army.
    My question is:
    "I can change the drum to be able to shoot 38 SP, WD and cartridges of black powder?.

    Regards
     
  2. DickM

    DickM Member

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    Hola Luis -

    Converting the .38/200 British Service Revolver (the full name of your gun) from .38 S&W to .38 Special is possible but it's not simply a matter of boring out the existing cylinder because the diameter of the .38 S&W cartridge is already larger than the diameter of the .38 Special. You may find the cost to have it done properly is more than you want to spend, and it will also detract from the current value of your revolver.

    If it were my gun, I would either trade it or purchase another revolver already chambered for .38 Special (I don't know about Spain, but S&W Model 10s are widely available and not expensive here), or (especially if you reload) keep it as .38 S&W and enjoy shooting it with the cartridge it was originally chambered for.
     
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  3. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

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    The .38 S&W started out in 1877 as a black powder cartridge.

    It worked then, and it will still work now.

    rc
     
  4. luis miguel

    luis miguel Member

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    S&W

    Thank you.
    You are right. I'll follow your advice.

    Regards
     
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