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December 1, 2001, 09:46 AM

I have an old S&W .38 marked patent may 11, 1882 with
a s/n 51xxxx. it is 5 shot break open type cylinder. just wondering if anyone would know much about it. as always thanks. WSH

Mike Irwin
December 1, 2001, 05:26 PM
Is it single action or double action?

Does it have a trigger guard?

Does it have a hammer?

What's the barrel length?

Going strictly on serial number, it would appear to be a .38 Double Action 4th Model, made sometime between 1895 and 1909, probably sometime after 1905 as a guess.

They're not all that rare, and don't really bring much as collector pieces unless they are in pristine shape with box and all accompanying goodies.