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Old May 9, 2010, 08:53 AM   #1
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92 S&W CTGE. Serial # I188xxx

I recently inherited this revolver and was told my grandfather carried it while chief of police in a small midwestern town 80+ years ago. Is it possible to get info on something this old?
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Old May 9, 2010, 01:09 PM   #2
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Only if you give accurate information!
I can guarantee it doesn't say "92 S&W." More likely .32.
Post pictures and we can tell you more.
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Old June 2, 2010, 05:12 PM   #3
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"I" frame?

The serial number beginning with "I" may indicate it is an "I" frame. The "I" frame was a precurser to the "J" frame and was essentially a small frame revolver in either .22 long rifle or .32 S&W (Long).

The "I" frames date from the early part of the last century and were popular for their convenient size and weight.

We have now exhausted my information.

I must confess, when I saw the title "92 S&W CTGE" I was wondering when the riot would form in preparation for being the first to buy one.
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Old June 2, 2010, 07:55 PM   #4
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So far AIK ( and there is a lot I don't know ) S&W issued no serial numbers with an I prefix, I frame, M frame, J frame or what ever.
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Old June 2, 2010, 08:09 PM   #5
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In fact, S&W issued no serial numbers with letter prefixes or suffixes before the Victory Model. It was post-war before they began to use letters to distinguish models by serial number. Before that a given serial number could appear on any of a dozen or more different guns.

I am almost certain that that "I" should be a "1".

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Old Yesterday, 10:42 AM   #6
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92 S&W CTGE

How would I find out the possible value of my H&R, MK II, 92 (not .32) S&W? I know it's rare and was used by the British police during WW II? But, I'm thinking of selling and would like any history or value of the gun. Thanks
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Old Yesterday, 10:49 AM   #7
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The best source for S&W info is the S&W forum. And awful lot of knowledge there.
Sorry I technoclly challenged and don't know how to add a link.
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Thank you
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On a second thought when .357 is converted to metric it is very close to 92.
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How about some photos? They would help immensely. Sounds like you have a H&R Defender which the British purchased during WWII when they were desperate for arms. The caliber is .38 S&W, (not .38 S&W Special), and the guns aren't especially rare. Without a picture it's practically impossible to see the context in which "92" is used, but, if it's a metric caliber designation (which the Brits did not used in WWII), it's most likely "9.2."

Again: Pictures, please.
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I'm working on trying to post pics. So far the files are too big for the site to allow.
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The pics help, but a pic of the whole revolver would also help.

My original surmise, based on the info you gave, that the gun is an H&R Defender .38 S&W is incorrect.

From the pics it appears that you have a large frame .32 S&W revolver with some type of plastic grips. The caliber stamped on the barrel is not "92," but "32" with the "3" being badly mis-stamped so as to look like a "9."

Is there any writing on the top of the barrel? It could be an Iver Johnson as well. Do the grips have an owl head logo?
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Pretty sure it's not a S&W.
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That is not an S&W revolver of any kind, though it is chambered for the .32 S&W cartridge. (It is called that because it was developed for S&W and first used by them, but dozens of revolver makers, large and small, made guns for it.)

Both Iver Johnson and Harrington & Richardson made revolvers of that type in the U.S., but that gun does not appear to be from either company. If there are no markings on the top or the other side of the barrel, I would suspect Spanish manufacture.

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It looks like there's an H&R logo at the top of the grip in the second picture.
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It does have the H&R stamp on the grip. This is the pic of the top of the gun. image.jpg
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Thank you for all the input. Appreciate any information as it was in my grandfather's collection. Sorry for the size of the pics. Hope it helps.
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I was used by H&R in 1948.
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