My father in law just gave me a couple of old guns from his collection. Among them was this neat lil old pistol that I'd love to know more about. Its a five shot and appears to be a .38 (although standard .38 rounds are too long to fit it). It has matching serno's on the handle & barrel: 59195
Any insight into this weapons history would be appreciated!
It's a S&W .38 Double Action 2nd Model. They were made from 1880 to 1884 with serial numbers from 4001 thru 119000.
Your gun is chambered for ".38 S&W" caliber which is shorter and less powerful than the current .38 Special that came out in 1899.