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s&w .38 special ctg

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by FLOYD1, Jul 20, 2009.

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  1. FLOYD1

    FLOYD1 Member

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    I got a .38 revolver from my grandmother a few days ago.

    how can i find out how old?
    ser. # C 3412XX 4" barrel,
    BLUED STEEL
    HAS THE TRADE MARK STAMPED UNDER THE TRIGGER ON THE BODY
    WOOD HANDLE, WITH GROOVES AND A 1/2" GOLD S&W TRADE MARK INLAID
    IN THE WOOD HANDLE ON BOTH SIDES.
    ***IT ALSO HAS A NUMBER BEHIND THE TRIGGER C4**T

    THANKS FOR ANY HELP
    FLOYD1
     
  2. Ron James

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    Well, With a C pre-fix, and it does seem to be a S&W, your serial number was used in 1954-1956. As to model I can only guess because the serial number series was not unique to only one model. With a 4 inch barrel I believe it is a Military & Police, to be known as Model 10. There are variations but I believe you have the standard model.:)
     
  3. SaxonPig

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    Yup. Military & Police 38 Special. Assigned the Model 10 designation in 1957. Likely a square butt with the 4" barrel (most common) and this is the K frame.
     
  4. FLOYD1

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    Thanks for the help. I am sure it is not worth much but i am going to have it refinshed ( I have I buddy that would do this for $50. is this a good idea) either way the .38 spl will be replacing the bersa 380 in the night stand. Any shells you recommend to use in that .38.
    Thanks
    floyd1
     
  5. Peakbagger46

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    Speer Gold Dot +P. Just don't fire +P in it for practice, as it may wear your gun.
     
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    Unless it's rusted, pitted, or otherwise damaged, I'd leave it alone. An older gun in used condition often doesn't look right refinished, but can be gorgeous with some honest wear. Pictures would be helpful.
     
  7. Baldy

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    The few true collectors I know will not buy a gun that has been redone no matter how rare. It will lose all collector value if redone. If you wish to shoot it I would use just regular .38's and not risk the damage to it. After all it is a family heirloom to be pasted on.
     
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