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sailboater 01-14-2011 08:53 PM

what izzit?
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I am trying to identify this revolver. It has no mfgr's markings. Stamped on one side is "Made in Spain" (in english) the serial # is on the butt strap. Also on the butt strap are the letters VO and on the barrel is "38 Long". The quality seems to be better than a Sat Nite Special. any Ideas?:confused:

billdeserthills 01-14-2011 08:55 PM

Smith&Wesson Forum,
I have seen this before, but I don't recall, I did read about it on the S&W Forum recently

NGIB 01-14-2011 09:59 PM

A boatload of guns were made in Spain and not all of them were of dubious quality. The gun industry there was much like ours was early in the century, many Mom & Pop shops made guns. If you intend to stick around, go ahead and introduce yourself. If this was the only thing you're interested in visiting us for, hope you enjoyed your stay...

robocop10mm 01-15-2011 02:27 PM

The Eibar province of Northern Spain is rich with craftsmen. Some make original designs and many produce copies of other makers products. Browning, Colt and S&W handguns are probably the most copied firearms in this region.

It is often impossible to determine who made the gun as it was not made by a "factory" or "company", it was made by an individual or small cooperative in a town.

sailboater 01-16-2011 01:22 PM

Progress so far is that it appears to be a copy of S&W Military issue. It matches roll pin for roll pin, screw for screw with both Guisasola Brothers and
Suinaga Y Aramberri revolvers. The only marks under the grips is a "5" and a "2" (separate, not 25 or 52). On the cylinder is also a "5". This may be an assembly aid so apprentices could assemble the gun using the right cylinder with the right frame. Is it possible that the cast/milled parts were made in bulk and assembled by various shops? I did find that "V" was used for a 1951 mfgr date but could find no reference to VO

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