Hi, everyone. My name is Paul, and I just got a gun!
Backstory: My grandmother recently passed away, and my mother called me to ask if there was anything in the house that I wanted. I couldn't think of anything off the top of my head, but asked her to set aside anything she thought I might like. A few hours later, she called asking if I would be interested in getting her grandfather's Chicago Police service revolver. I knew that he had given it to them at some point back in the 60's "just in case," but no one ever wanted it or used it. Everyone in the family knew the gun was in the house, but we assumed it was long lost. The theory I was familiar with was that my great grandfather had found it on a dead guy and pocketed it, but now everyone says that it was his service revolver. Anyway, they found it fully loaded in a closet inside a leather holster. My uncle got rid of the bullets, but I got the gun and holster. I've never owned a gun before, so I had some questions for everyone here.
1. What kind of gun do I have?
I'm estimating that it's from the 1950's or 1960's. The barrel says ".38 S.&W. CTG." and there are five chambers. I'd like to do some research to see if it was indeed a Chicago Police weapon or just something my great grandpa swiped from a perp.
2. How will I know if it is in any condition to be fired? I looked it over pretty thoroughly, and there doesn't seem to be any significant wear on it. The metal is completely untarnished, and there are minimal scorch marks near the firing pin and inside the chambers and barrel. Because it hasn't been fired in upwards of 40 years, will that cause a problem? I dry fired it a few times, and it all seemed to work fine.
3. This is mainly for anyone who lives in Illinois. I know that I have to get a FOID card before I can take it to the range, much less own it legally. Is there anything else I should do before I take it out? I did some shooting back when I was a Boy Scout (rife and shotgun), so I'm familiar with range safety and etiquette, but nothing pistol-related. My other question deals with transportation. The law says that it has to be in some kind of shipping container when I take it out of the house. Is there a specific type of box I need, or will a cardboard box work?
Thanks in advance for any answers that come through. I look forward to becoming more active in the firearms community. Also, if anyone can reccomend a good range in the Chicago area, I would appreciate it.