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Old March 8, 2014, 10:20 AM   #1
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Help with a s&w 38

My father recently gave me a few guns from my grandfather's collection. Two of these are handguns. One is a Sterling 22 that I have determined is pretty much a piece of junk. The nicer of the 2 is a Smith & Wesson 38 Special and I can't seem to find any information on it. I tried to look up the model and year but it seems impossible with a S&W. Can anyone help? On the barrel it says 38 S.&W. SPECIAL CTG. the serial number starts with a D and the first three numbers are 610. Are you able to find out the year, model, etc. from this?
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Old March 8, 2014, 11:20 AM   #2
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Open the cylinder, look at the section of frame exposed just under the barrel.
Any model numbers there?
The barrel markings are just the caliber.
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Old March 8, 2014, 12:11 PM   #3
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The D serial prefix would be from 1968-1977. Should be stamped something like MOD 10-5 or 10-7 etc. Look here for the model number:

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Old March 8, 2014, 12:30 PM   #4
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Y'know, this is causing me some angst.

Seems lately there's an increasing number of posters on gun forums who create threads similar to this.
Mention of inheriting "old" guns from Grandpa.
When the guns are from an era when I was using those same guns & still have those same guns.

More than a bit disconcerting.
Old? Grandpa?
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Old March 8, 2014, 01:43 PM   #5
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Old March 8, 2014, 02:11 PM   #6
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Depressing....
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Old March 8, 2014, 02:25 PM   #7
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And guns I bought when they were introduced now have C&R status.

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Old March 8, 2014, 02:27 PM   #8
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Yeah, that's really sad.
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Old March 8, 2014, 02:52 PM   #9
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My first S&W was a 3" model 36. A while back I saw it on S&Ws website as a 'Classic', Egad.
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Old March 8, 2014, 02:57 PM   #10
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^^^^^^^ If your gun is a classic, you must be also!
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Old March 8, 2014, 03:10 PM   #11
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Seablast,
Sorry, you better get back here quick.
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Old March 8, 2014, 03:21 PM   #12
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One is a Sterling 22 that I have determined is pretty much a piece of junk.
What the Sterling has going for it is that it is all steel (or stainless steel). If you have a good magazine, they can be made to work fairly well (sometimes). While not anywhere near the top of the list, they are still one cut above the Zamak family of Lorcins, Jennings, Brycos, Jimenez, Raven, etc., etc.
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Old March 8, 2014, 06:57 PM   #13
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It's a mod 64
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Old March 8, 2014, 07:06 PM   #14
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A D serial number prefix would indicate a K frame, Model 10, 12, 13, 14, or 45. If there are 5 digits or less, the gun was made in 1968; if six digits, date of manufacture would have been 1973-1974.

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Old March 8, 2014, 07:13 PM   #15
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It's a mod 64
Which would be a stainless steel gun and would use "1D" as a prefix.
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Old March 8, 2014, 08:26 PM   #16
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Seablast,
Does it say Mod 64?
Is it a five or six-shot revolver? Blue or stainless?
Barrel length (From front of cylinder to end of barrel)?
Adjustable sights or fixed sights?
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Old March 10, 2014, 09:19 PM   #17
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Just wait... soon enough it won't be " I inherited a 38 S&W CTG gun from grandpa" It'll be "I inherited a C Lock 19 gun from grandpa!'
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s&w 38 are fun
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Old July 8, 2015, 11:29 PM   #19
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When the guns are from an era when I was using those same guns & still have those same guns.

More than a bit disconcerting.
Old? Grandpa?
I hear you. A recent post was inquiring about a "vintage" S&W from the 1980's. Wow! I guess the new model 10 I was issued in 1965 is an "antique". Right? Sheesh!

Off to the fridge for some Ensure...
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Old July 8, 2015, 11:42 PM   #20
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On another site a while back, someone asked if an S&W Model 28 was safe to use with smokeless powder or should he stick with black powder .357's.

Aaaaaarrrrrrrgggggghhhhhh!

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What's up?Not even daylight in Indiana and the members are already stirred up!!Gonna be a long day.
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Old July 9, 2015, 06:00 PM   #22
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A model 64 is a very fine 38 Special revolver. When I joined the U.S. Dept. of Defense Police in 1994 my issued duty weapon was a S&W Model 64. Some of our 64s had more than 50,000 rounds through them. After we traded them in for our current Berettas I heard that they were X-rayed and some were discovered to have stress cracks for so much shooting. A 64 under normal use will last several lifetimes. I doubt you would put 2-3000 rounds of full combat +P loads each year through it the way we did.
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Old July 10, 2015, 08:03 PM   #23
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All of my Smiths are classified as "vintage" I love 'em though . . . reminds me of years ago when things SEEMED so much more simple . . no cell phones, no computers . . . . today's kids wouldn't know what to do if they had just one rotary phone that EVERYBODY in the house used and it was on a "party line".

OK . . OK . . I'm old too . . . but I love my "old guns" so I guess it's worth it? Now . . where's my aspirin . . . my arthritis is kicking in.
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