old s&w 38, can you help?????


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Old 06-22-2008, 11:43 PM   #1
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Default old s&w 38, can you help?????

Hi there i found this web site and joined today in hopes that someone can help identify my fathers old gun. It is a 5 shot smith and wesson that has a t clip that breaks down like a shot gun , if you know what i mean.On the side of the barrel it says "38 s.&w. ctg and the serial on thw cylinder and the bottom of the handel is 5429**. I am just trying to find out a round about year on this .Appreciate any help.....maday



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Old 06-23-2008, 01:17 AM   #2
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Probably an old break top revolver. From your description it's chambered in .38 S&W, doesn't mean it is a S&W. Do you have any pictures you can post?



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Old 06-23-2008, 02:12 AM   #3
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does it look like this?
http://www.coolgunsite.com/pistols/sw_v315691/usarevpage_vic315691.htm

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These are normaly marked on the top of the rib on the barrel as to the maker. There were alot of companys that made them, the 38 S&W cartridge
is much shorter than the 38 Spl, and is 0.018 larger in dia, than the 38 Spl,
You can get reloading dies and shell cases from Midway. The 38 S&W was
used by the British in WW2. Hope this helps. Dave

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it has to be a break top.so would be before WW2.I have a 32.hammerless safty.and it would be a 38 S&W not special.

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Almost responded to a 1 year old thread...actually did, but edited out. Doh!



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