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Old November 16, 2012, 01:56 AM   #1
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Grandmother's revolver

Can someone help me with this? My grandmother has an old S&W revolver. I believe it is.32 cal and is a nickel plated top break. Serial is 2266xx. I can't find a model number listed on it anywhere. Any info provided would be greatly appreciate.
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Old November 16, 2012, 02:15 AM   #2
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Welcome to the asylum Mark.

I see you have the same question posted on the S&W Forums.com... chances are, once you post photos and it's established as to what model it is, you'll get a highly accurate determination there.

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Old November 16, 2012, 02:32 PM   #3
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Does the gun display the actual intertwined "S&W" trademark on the sideplate or the grips? Many 19th-century top-break revolvers from a variety of other gunmakers were built to use S&W cartridges, but the caliber marking on the barrel often misleads modern-day owners who know little about older revolvers. In fact, some makers would deliberately exaggerate the size of the caliber marking to trick buyers into believing they were purchasing a genuine S&W.

If it is a genuine S&W... does it have a visible hammer? If so, is it single-action, i.e. must be hand-cocked, or double-action, i.e. the trigger both lifts and drops the hammer?

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Old November 22, 2012, 11:36 PM   #4
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Thanks for the reply. I just got an opportunity to take some pics of the gun. I have attached them here. Hopefully this will help in providing info on this gun. It belonged to my great grandfather before passing on to my grandmother in 1934.
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Old November 23, 2012, 12:11 AM   #5
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Its a S&W DA third model. The left grip is from an Iver Johnson.
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Old November 23, 2012, 12:41 AM   #6
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Serial number appears to place it right at the turn of the century. It's been renickeled.
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Old November 23, 2012, 02:36 AM   #7
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Old November 23, 2012, 11:21 PM   #8
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Old November 25, 2012, 10:42 AM   #9
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That's a pretty cool old gun. I would look for a replacement pair of original S&W grips (or at least on for the one side.) Have a gunsmith look it over beforehand and if everything checks out it should be okay to shoot with some mild ammo. As mentioned earlier, it has been re-nickeled.
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Old November 25, 2012, 11:33 AM   #10
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My grandmother has an old S&W revolver. I believe it is.32 cal and is a nickel plated top break. Serial is 2266xx.
This info added to the pics make it a 38 S&W DA 3rd model. The gun is re-nickeled and is also an antique. Third model DAs were made 1884 - 1895 per the SCSW 3rd.

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Serial number appears to place it right at the turn of the century.
Since its actually a 38 DA 3rd model, its a little earlier. For 226XXX I would say early 1890s for its DOM.

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Its a S&W DA third model.
I assume you knew it was a 38 S&W, but if it was a 32 S&W with that SN range, it would be a 4th model.

I actually collect these. I really like them and they are still affordable. Here are my 38 S&W top breaks.

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Old December 1, 2012, 09:22 AM   #11
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Thanks for all of your replies. I really do appreciate the help.
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