View Full Version : Need help identifying this revolver...

September 22, 2000, 03:07 PM
Hello everyone!

I'm trying to help my brother-in-law identify an old revolver he owns. It appears to be a Smith & Wesson (based on the markings S&W on the barrel) however he sent a letter to S&W and they claim that it was not manufactured by them. They say that they think it might be a Spanish Officer's sidearm.

He bought the gun from a friend who's grandfather owned it previously, but has no other information.

I haven't posted here before, so I don't know if inline images are OK... So here are links to some pictures:
http://www.altia.com/temp/images/left.jpg http://www.altia.com/temp/images/right.jpg http://www.altia.com/temp/images/detail.jpg

There are hi-res versions of these three images located at:

The markings on the gun are as follows:

ALAMO-RANGER (top of the barrel)
2822 (serial #? underside of the barrel at the very end)
38 SPECIAL S&W CTG. (very faint on the side of the barrel)
Image of a Bull? and the letters T.U. (side of the barrel)
Crown/Coat of arms? and the letters FN on the side
MADE IN SPAIN on the side of the gun

If anyone has any information or an estimate of it's value we'd be most grateful.



Jim V
September 22, 2000, 04:24 PM
Welcome to the forum.

It is very safe to say that the revolver is not a Smith & Wesson. It appears to be a double action (by the shape and location of the trigger) "copy" of the Colt Single Action Army. S&W did not manufacture any firearms in Spain so the MADE IN SPAIN markings gives further proof that it was not a S&W.

There were any number of firearms produced in Spain that were marked with markings that would lead the uninformed that the arms were either Colt or S&W (mostly S&W).

Value, most likely not very high.

1911's forever, or at least until they come up with a hand held electronic rail gun.
Ne Conjuge Nobiscum

Harley Nolden
September 23, 2000, 08:52 AM
According to my records the Alamo Ranger is a Spanish Revolver and S& W probaly gave you the correct information. I don't have any records as to the actual mfg'r only that "Alamo Ranger" is a trade name used by an unknown Spanish Mfg.