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Old 01-04-2011, 03:08 AM   #1
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looking for some help identifying a s&w 38 .i was told it was a gun that was leased to the British army by s&w .where the model # usually is it has 11111 stamped. On the barrel, handle,cylinder the #s 773333 is stamped.it also has some stampings on the barrel 2 flags that are crossed and on the main frame it has some stampings or symbols .Any history about this gun or when it was made ,or its worth would be great to know .Thanks for the help in advance.
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Old 01-04-2011, 01:48 PM   #2
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What you have is (I think) a S&W Model 1905, daddy of the Model 10 Military & Police Special- or a 38-200 British Service. 1905 made up to 1940, the 38-200 1940-45. The Victory model is a different gun.

Yes, some of these went to the British Military. They used a 38 S&W cartridge, loaded with a 200 grain bullet. You may see crossed swords, with letters in between the crossed blades. Maybe something like C B 4. Britain required that guns being imported be proof tested- code to year, place (Birmingham) and code for the tester.

What's it worth? Well, it's an old gun, not a popular caliber, I can go $50 if you pay the shipping..... (No- stop- put the gun down!) Here's what one sold for-

Revolvers For Sale - S&W M1905 38/200 WWII BRITISH LEND/LEASE REVOLVER - Auction: 9163179 (Ended 01/11/2010, 05:40:46 PST)

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I have got to get a better monitor ( or better glasses)

What you have is (I think) a S&W Model 1905, daddy of the Model 10 Military & Police Special- or a 38-200 British Service. 1905 made up to 1940, the 38-200 1940-45. The Victory model is a different gun.

Yes, some of these went to the British Military. They used a 38 S&W cartridge, loaded with a 200 grain bullet. You may see crossed swords, with letters in between the crossed blades. Maybe something like C B 4. Britain required that guns being imported be proof tested- code to year, place (Birmingham) and code for the tester.

What's it worth? Well, it's an old gun, not a popular caliber, I can go $50 if you pay the shipping..... (No- stop- put the gun down!) Here's what one sold for-

Revolvers For Sale - S&W M1905 38/200 WWII BRITISH LEND/LEASE REVOLVER - Auction: 9163179 (Ended 01/11/2010, 05:40:46 PST)
Thank you for your help!! sorry about the crappy pics limited camera skills lol. ill take that 50 doller offer but im gonna get you on shipping lol the gun in the pic that you found looks the same but it does not have the same markings i tryed to take a close up pic of the markings but i cannot get a clear shot.i sketched them down and took this pic of them .thanks again for your help!!http://i543.photobucket.com/albums/gg465/regalpimp78/GEDC0352.jpg
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I have had a few of these. This one is unusual as it is a blued model. Most were parkerized, but if memory serves me well, Smith & Wesson sold a group to England at the very begining of the war directly from floorroom parts. I have sold a few including one just the otherday and it is hard to get $325 for them. The one mentioned in above post that recieved a higher bid was an unusual "4 barrel model which was far less common on British guns but was common on US guns.

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I have had a few of these. This one is unusual as it is a blued model. Most were parkerized, but if memory serves me well, Smith & Wesson sold a group to England at the very begining of the war directly from floorroom parts. I have sold a few including one just the otherday and it is hard to get $325 for them. The one mentioned in above post that recieved a higher bid was an unusual "4 barrel model which was far less common on British guns but was common on US guns.
Thanks 30-30 for your reply .i took it to a local gun shop who also sell military stuff he said that the bluing look to be factory .thanks agin for your post
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