View Full Version : Smith, Colt and 98 Mauser Info. Please

August 6, 2005, 01:17 PM
1. I have been told that the Smith is a 1948 (serial # K41058). It is 38 special, 6 inch ribbed barrel. I would like to know the model # and a value. The gun is 95+ percent. Sorry the pictures are not the best.

2. The Colt is also a 38, 95+ percent. It has a round grip and frame that I have not found any info. on it. There serial # 8278xx. I would appreciate any info. and value.

3. I just finished building a 7x57 98 Mauser sporter (Timney trigger, short throw safety, nice wood and Conetrol scope mounts). It came out nice and I am thinking of converting a 7.65 98 Mauser to a 30-06. Do you know of anything that might make me change my mind. Do you have any barrel recommendations that won't break the bank.

Thank you,

August 6, 2005, 02:08 PM
The Colt is a Colt Police Positive Special.

To see the number, swing out the cylinder and look at the frame, just under the barrel and on the cylinder crane.
The number is stamped on both.

The serial is also stamped inside the side plate, but I don't recommend trying to remove it since it's very easy to damage the closely fitted part.

Post the serial number as: 1234XX and I can date it for you.

Jim Watson
August 6, 2005, 03:29 PM
The Smith is a K-38 Masterpiece, not assigned a model number until 1957 when it became the Model 14. Value is good.

Be sure your 7.65 Mauser's magazine will accept a .30-06 and the bolt travel will let a loaded round eject.

August 6, 2005, 08:10 PM
For some reason I was not thinking that was the number.
It is 8278xx.


James K
August 8, 2005, 09:56 PM
The Colt PP dates to 1963. In good condition, both it and the K-38 would be in the $300 range. The Colt PP is a typical "cop gun" of that era. The K-38 was one of the best target revolvers ever made.