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Old May 6, 2013, 04:07 PM   #1
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Old revolver identification

I have my Grandfather's gun that I wish to identify the age of.

It is a revolver that has 38 S&W special CTG on the barrel

Serial number on butt is S 927397

Gun is in great original shape, shoots well. Also, what is it worth?

Not looking to sell, just wondering.


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Old May 6, 2013, 04:24 PM   #2
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It's probably not worth anything, but could be worth a small fortune.

More specific when you are.

Photos, markings, finish, manufaturer, all contribute to value.

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Old May 6, 2013, 04:32 PM   #3
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Pictures, lots of good pictures of the cylinder, latches, serial numbers, barrel length. In an old revolver, it's all about condition, condition, condition.

The question becomes, how much is it worth to you? My grand-dad's gun is not for sale at any price.
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Old May 6, 2013, 04:58 PM   #4
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Judging by the markings (I assume you quoted from the gun) and the SN, with the key S prefix, I think this gun to be an early post war transtional M&P aka pre model 10. Despite the N frames sharing the S prefix, IIRC they turned over to N prefix well before hitting 900K. I could be wrong about that. I would say the gun probably shipped in 1948 at the latest. It probably shipped in 1946 though or perhaps 1947.

These so called "post war transtional" S&Ws had the features of a pre war gun, with a post war serial range. Earlier features include pre war hammer, half moon front sight, one line company address, "beehive" ejector rod head and perhaps a few other things I cannot remember. These guns came about because S&W did throw away the older parts when they decided to redesign certain features. They used up the already made parts, before the new ones were found on guns. They are interesting because logically, some will have a few of the "old" features while others will have all of the early features. Your gun should have all of the early features.

The "S" was to denote guns which had the new hammer block Safety. IIRC, this was due to an accident involving a US serviceman on a ship, where a S&W was dropped on the hammer, and went off, killing him.

Value? Well thats tough. If 90%+ with original finish and original grips, no box, I would say $400 give or take. More if its a snubnose and more for nickel. Not everyone cares about the post war transtional status, but many S&W collectors do.
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Old May 8, 2013, 08:06 AM   #5
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Thanks everyone. I believe the gun is completely original. I will take some
pictures to post for input. Thanks.
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Old May 8, 2013, 01:28 PM   #6
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Prior to WWII, S&W never used any prefix or suffix letter. Their numbering machine went only to six digits. When the M&P went over 999999 during the war, they went to a "V" (for Victory) prefix. When the new safety was installed, they added the letter "S" to indicate that.

After the war, they continued the "S" prefix (without the "V") for the M&P and continued in the same serial number line from about 811xxx to 999999. (That was in the K frame. They also used an "S" prefix in the "N" frame from S 62489 to S 333454.)

So, S927397 is an M&P made between 1945 and 1948.

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