Identify this old S&W Top-Break

Discussion in 'Revolver Handguns' started by GlockStar, Sep 6, 2011.

  1. GlockStar

    GlockStar New Member

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    To the best of my (limited) ability I have declared this a Double Action Model 3 .38 S&W


    Could anyone confirm this? I would also appreciate anyone weighing in on value.
    Tips for removing some of this rust would be greatly appreciated as well.


    S/N: 222164 (stamped on handle)
     

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  2. 303tom

    303tom Well-Known Member

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    You say you think it is a .38 DA that would be a #4, what is it worth, I am not even going to guess !
     

  3. GlockStar

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    It could be a. 32

    I can't actually find a caliber.

    Would more pics and greater explanation of the fuzzy areas help?
     
  4. oldcoptn46

    oldcoptn46 Member Supporter

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    Absolutely!! I have been looking in "The BooK" (Standard Catalog of Smith&Wesson) and some clearer pics, some markings, etc. would help. If it is a Model 3, it was sold and exported to Japan by Takata and Co. Now bear in my that I am a novice in using this book and I could be 100% wrong but I am confident that one of our more knowledgable fellow members will straighten me out.:rolleyes:
     
  5. GlockStar

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    More Photos

    The markings along the top of the barrel are as follows,

    "Smith & Wesson Springfield Mass. U.S.A. Pat'd Jan 24 '65 Jul 11 '65 Aug 24 '69 Reissue July 25 '71 May 11 '80 Jan 5 '82"


    The shells get pushed out automatically when you break the top, which I thought was pretty neat and maybe an identifying feature.

    I've attached a few pictures as well, I hope they give a clearer picture.
     

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  6. willshoum

    willshoum New Member

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    Idenity theft....

    It's Italian. The old man sold snowballs here in Terrebonne Parrish.... The best was his Annisette.....Cost 5 cents , annisette 10 cents.......:eek: I,m just glad that the cool weather has arrived......:D
     
  7. GlockStar

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    Your post lost me after Italian :/
     
  8. 303tom

    303tom Well-Known Member

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    If it is a .32 DA it is a No5.
     
  9. willshoum

    willshoum New Member

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    Lost souls......

    The old man had one just like yours, and back in the 50's he sold snowballs and he mixed his own syrup, sometimes with his home made wine....:eek::D
     
  10. GlockStar

    GlockStar New Member

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    Doh! So you believe its an Italian piece?
     
  11. GlockStar

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    Bump for great justice! (and the lack of a solid answer) :p
     
  12. onenut58

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    GlockStar Go to smithandwesson forums.com.Register introduce your self and post your pic and questions there.The most knowledable smith and wesson collectors in the world are in that forum and also the smithandwesson forum. Either one.You will get detailed imformation and any thing you want to know.
    For removing the rust. I would suggest Blue wonder gun cleaner and 0000 steel wool. You heat the gun up with a hair dryer until its hot to the touch and aply the gell cleaner comes in a tube.The heat opens up the molecules and the cleaner penetrates in and releases the rust. The steel wool in 0000 will not harm the blueing scrubs it off.
    Its very good stuff I have used a number of times.
    Once you post your pics the collectors over there will post pics of theres that you can compare also.
    This is a great forum thats why i come here but if you want to talk to members of the smith and wesson collectors association who appraise and buy and sell and know smith and wessons inside and out those two forums are the place to go.
     
  13. 303tom

    303tom Well-Known Member

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    There is only one pistol with a trigger guard like that, here this is a DA 3rd model S&W in .38s&w, if it was a .38 SP it would be a #4 if it is a .32 it would be a #5 !
     

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  14. GlockStar

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    Thanks for the cleaning tip onenut58, I'll be looking for it during my next shopping trip. Would it likely be sold in my local gun shops?

    Tom303...your the man. I just needed some solid information before I started calling it a third model for sure.
     
  15. onenut58

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