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Old April 16, 2010, 02:42 PM   #26
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Bill, I will say again that many of those guns, especially the revolvers, were not soft; they were/are hard and brittle and when they blow, they break almost like pottery.

One interesting point is that many of the S&W copies have the outer shape of an S&W, usually the M&P. But internally, they use what is basically the Colt system, with a V mainspring and a rebound lever that functions the trigger, the hand and the cylinder stop. This was probably done because, even though fitting is harder, the Colt system uses fewer parts.

In addition, many of those imitation S&W's do not have sideplates, with the mechanism being inserted through the bottom of the frame and the opening closed with a pinned-in trigger guard, much like the old H&R or IJ revolvers (and the Webleys).

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Old April 16, 2010, 07:25 PM   #27
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The "Bascaran" part of the manufacturer was Martin Bascaran, who sold pistols in .32 ACP to the Allies during WWI (the "Martian"), and who, according to Gene Gangarosa Jr.'s book Spanish Handguns, was out of business by 1930.

Personally, I would just put it away somewhere and enjoy looking at it from time to time as a relic from a bygone era. Plenty of other good quality modern .38 Specials to shoot without endangering your fingers and eyes.
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Old April 17, 2010, 11:08 AM   #28
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"In addition, many of those imitation S&W's do not have sideplates"

Which is exactly the situation with the OP's gun.
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