S&W 38 cal SN V5495xx
Thanks Mr. Irwin, my bad for not noticing closer on my V model which does not have original stocks. The replaced stock was covering up one of the screws.
Another question about the absence of the S. I know from previous posts that it indicates the hammer block that was added after the accident in 1944, without this mark the revolver does not have this improvement. Also the barrel only has the stamp as 38 cal. Does this mean that it can not fire the special round with more lead weight and powder? Do they call the ammo which will fire in the 38 cal the 38 short?
No one ever hurt their eyes by looking on the bright side of things.