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Old September 22, 2002, 08:48 PM   #1
mparris71
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Help me ID my Grandfathers S&W

HI,
My Grandfather has an old S&W 38 speical. He bought it in the 70's off an old guy that said it was bought new in 32 but that could be not true. I don't know much about S&W so I was hopeing someone could date it and ID the model number for me. on the butt of the gun it has "s" large Space then the # 953060
on the top of the barrel the last Patnet date is Dec 29 14 under the crane arm on the frame is K 4 then the # 32901.
Hope someone can help me.
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Mark Parris
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Old September 22, 2002, 09:13 PM   #2
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Parris,

Are you sure about the numbers on the grip?

If it is 6 numbers after the S, it's a postwar .38 Military & Police, which is now known as the Model 10, and was probably made in 1948.

The K that you note could indicate that it's a K-frame, but I've never seen one so marked. The number after the K is the floor assembly number.

If it is only 5 numbers, then it's one of the .38 Spl. chambered N-frame revolvers, which is larger and heavier and would have been made about 20 years later.

The patent dates, though, are a strong indication that this is a .38 Military & Police.
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Old September 22, 2002, 09:40 PM   #3
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Mike,
Thanks for the information. I wrote the #'s down while looking at the gun I geuss I could have made a mistake but I don't think I would. I will try to take some digtal pictures next week if you interested in seeing it. I might have been unclear were the K4 and the number 32901 is located. it is on the frame where the crane arm rest in the frame.
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Old September 23, 2002, 12:06 PM   #4
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Parris,

I'd say the chances of it being a Military and Police are EXCELLENT, given that there were millions of these made and they were available after the war very inexpensively.

When you take the pictures, lay a ruler along side the gun, along the top of the barrel.

This will give a definite size reference. S&W's revolvers are SO similar looking that without a size reference it can often be very difficult to tell the frame size.
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