View Full Version : need info on Smith & Wesson

February 21, 2002, 03:57 PM
It's not mine. A friend asked me to post this. Any idea's on value?

Nickel Plated Smith & Wesson .38 (Top Break) 5 ShOt Revolver

Text on the top of the barrel:

Jan 17 & 24 65
July 11 65
Aug 24 69
Jan 19 1875
Reissue July 25 1871

Number on the butt of the grip:

James K
February 21, 2002, 11:44 PM
If it is double action, with a visible hammer, it is probably the .38 Double Action, Second Model. It should have double stop notches and long grooves in the cylinder. They were made in both blue and nickel finish. It is not a rare gun (there were around 110,000 made) and there is not much collector interest unless in about perfect condition. Even in top shape, with near 100% original finish, they will only bring about $300. Very few are in even decent shape; most are either badly worn or, if nickeled, have chipped and peeling nickel. Those will fetch maybe $150 if in functional condition.