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Old 08-27-2013, 04:59 PM   #1
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I recently inherited a S&W 38 special. It appears to be little customized with shortened barrel and larger grip. I'm trying to figure out what it might be worth and what year it is? It has some holster wear in the blueing but other than that seems to be very sound and in good shape. Any help would be great thanks!

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Old 08-27-2013, 05:25 PM   #2
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Yeah, it's been tinkered with.

We need close up, well lighted, in focus shots of any and all markings (open up that cylinder too, there should be a number stamped under the cylinder crane), and more of the gun itself.

It's not uncommon to slap aftermarket grips on a Smith and Wesson, because honestly, their standard skinny factory grips leave a bit to be desired. This doesn't take that much away, or add much to, the value of the gun, depending on the particulars of the gun itself.

Without more info or better pics, I'd throw out a ballpark figure of $300. Could be worth as little as $200, or as much as a couple grand, so you see where more info and many more/better pics are very important...

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Hopefully these are a little better, from what I can tell the numbers on the barrel and cylinder match but haven't removed the grip to see if the frame numbers match or if there are any. Thanks for the reply!

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Couple more pics.

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Yeah, I'm way lost. Without a model number, I'm clueless. The model number is what SHOULD be under the crane, but not inside the lug.

So this was either built before they started doing that, or its a foreign knockoff (but most people don't customize a foreign knockoff).

We have some very knowledgeable people here, and I'm sure one or more of them will be along to help you out.

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All three numbers do match.

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Yeah it would be a surprise to me if it was a knock off, seems silly to put custom trigger and hammer on a knock off. Appreciate the time. I consider my self fairly well versed when it comes to guns but this one has me stumped.

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Couple more pics.
The important picture IMO is the one of the barrel which says: 38 s&w special ctg
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It looks like an old police service revolver with modified grip and sights, hammer and trigger. I would guess somewhere around $250.00 in it's current condition.

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Yeah, I think I have narrowed it down to a prewar 38/44 HD. It has no model number under the crane and is a 5 digit not 6 digit serial which are both indicative of prewar years.

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