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S&W .38 cal help please

Discussion in 'Firearms Research' started by stecha, Mar 13, 2009.

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  1. stecha

    stecha Member

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    Hello everyone.

    I have recently come into a S&W .38 cal top break pistol. I have been all over net trying to find out info on it. The year, exact make model. value.

    the serial# reads 457796, 6in barrel, 6 shot top break

    thank you
    steve
     
  2. Jim K

    Jim K Member

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    Sorry if you caught this in mid-edit; had a computer glitch.

    I first thought "there weren't any" as S&W top break small frame .38s were all 5 shot, but then I remembered the New Model No. 3 which was made in .38 S&W, .38-40, and the old .38-44, as well as other calibers. But the NM No.3 serials never went anywhere near that high.

    So, please provide a better description or a photo.


    JIm
     
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  3. stecha

    stecha Member

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    thanks for the help

    I will take a picture here shortly and post them for you. I have found some info. I believe this is a .38 double action 4th model 8 inch barrel.
    Manufactured- 1895-1909
    Serial# - 322,701- 539,000
    Pivoting spring-type cylinder stop.Cylinder has conventional, longer flutes and only one set of stop notches. Reverse curved trigger guard below bow. Front sight pinned into barrel. 3, 31/2, 6, 8, 10 inch barrel lengths.

    My serial number falls in with above standard. what do you think? Am on the right track?

    Thank You
    steve
     
  4. Jim Watson

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    Count chambers. That series of guns were five-shooters. Otherwise, a long barrel in good condition is not common and is worth a bit of money.
     
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