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Two old S&W M&P's(Only 706 S/N's apart!)!

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by slick6, May 28, 2006.

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  1. slick6

    slick6 Member

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    On the following recently acquired S&W M&P's, these were both found in Towns only about 45 miles apart from each other. The 2-inch M&P is the oldest made just 706 guns before the 6-inch M&P:

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  2. Old Fuff

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    You must live right... :D

    A Transitional pre-model 10 with a 2" barrel is one of the hardest variants to find, and the 6" is not common by any means. You need to get these "lettered" by Roy Jinks. Something must be going on in your area.
     
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    What is inexplicable to me is that until now I had absolutely no idea that Slick was talking about a snub! Incredible!

    These two revolvers are absolutely mint. It's a crying shame the boxes and papers are not present!

    No doubt! I agree that a security firm must have gone out of business or something! There may be more out there.......
     
  4. slick6

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    Old Fuff and XavierBreath: Thanks to the both of you, for your excellent help! I certainly appreciate the education that you guys have been giving me about my two M&P's!

    I'm awaiting a letter from Roy Jinks on the 2-inch, M&P-my request, which I had sent out a couple of weeks ago? Since you fellows have gotten me so enthusiastic, I'm also going to request a letter from Roy, regarding my 6-inch, M&P!

    QUESTION:

    1)How does the 5-inch barrel length, compare to an 6-inch barrel length(On an post war M&P)in terms of the difficulty in finding these?
     
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    The 5" length is relatively easy to find, and so is the 4", although the latter is usually priced higher. Finding either in mint, like-new condition is another matter however, as most of them went to police departments and were well used.

    During World War Two, Smith & Wesson exclusively made Military & Police revolvers as so-called "Victory Models." Uncle Sam bought .38 Specials in 2" and 4" barrel lengths (mostly 4") while the Brits. bought what was the same gun chambered in .38 S&W with 5" barrels. Thus the left-over wartime parts allowed S&W to turn out large numbers of the early post-war M&P guns with 4 and 5 inch barrels - at least more so then 2 and 6 inch ones.
     
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    Old Fuff:

    Thanks again, for clarifying the rarity of the 6-inch M&P's-as I had thought that the 5-inch might be rarer than the 6-inch! Now I see why the 6-inch is more rare! And, come to think of it, I can only remember seeing one other 1948 vintage(Non-transitional!)M&P! I have also, only seen one other 2-inch M&P! Many four inch though(And, a few five-incher's)! Although it took me awhile to get used to the 6-inch barrel length on my M&P, I feel much better now, in owning this revolver, since you have indicated that it has the rarer 6-inch barrel length! This is great news!:what:
     
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    You would seem to have a super start on a Transitional collection. Because of the condition they are in don't shoot either until you get them lettered by Roy Jinks. The odds of finding two, like-new Transitionals only 700+ numbers apart in the scarce 2 and 6 inch lengths must be in the high millions, and then to have another member (Master Blaster) find a similar 6" gun in the same shape and serial number range :what:

    The Old Fuff's heart can't take much more of this... :D
     
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