I have a smith and wesson 38 with two contradicting markings. On several places it has BNP with a crown. But on the top of the gun it has U.S property G.H.D . Can someone offer me some info as to what I got? The serial number starts with V and then 416xxx. Check out the pics.
It APPEARS to be a lend lease revolver, loaned to Britian during the war. A quite common occurence. The caliber is most likely a 38 S&W not a 38 S & W special, these are 2 entirely different calibers. It also looks to have had the barrel shortened and a new rear sight installed. Without closer photos it is hard to be certain.
It looks like it is chambered for the .38 Special, albeit the letters are hard to read. It would probably be worth what a military arms collector of this period would be willing to pay. I would think there are a whole lot of these in circulation.