info, history searched??

Discussion in 'Revolver Handguns' started by sohrvar122, Jul 9, 2012.

  1. sohrvar122

    sohrvar122 New Member

    5
    0
    0
    hello everyone,

    i don't know much about guns and stuff, but i found this one to ad to my ww2 collection but i don't know anything about it, and i think this is the right place to get some information about it..

    DSC_0024.jpg

    DSC_0023.jpg
     
  2. mountainman13

    mountainman13 New Member

    11,488
    0
    0
    Welcome to ftf. Any markings on the gun?
     

  3. BillM

    BillM Active Member Supporter

    1,147
    1
    38
    Welcome to the forum.

    Well--it's a top break revolver, probably 5 shot, probably either
    32 or 38 S&W caliber. Probably US manufacture, but it could
    be Belgian or even some other country. You are asking in the right
    place--someone will be along with much more knowledge than me
    who will know at a glance manufacturer and model.

    I do have to ask---why do you think this is a good fit for your
    WWII collection?
     
    Last edited: Jul 9, 2012
  4. sohrvar122

    sohrvar122 New Member

    5
    0
    0
    well the only thing i can find so far is this on the top of the barrel but can not make much of it...

    DSC_0038.jpg

    and one on the inside..

    DSC_0027.jpg
     
  5. sohrvar122

    sohrvar122 New Member

    5
    0
    0
    thnx BillM,

    you are right about the 5 shot, well i bought this from a museum, some people brought it there and they thought it was from the period from ww2, that's why, but nobody could'nt tell more about it.. if it is not from then it's ok, gonna keep it anyway :D but try to get to know more about it, how old it is, is it military used, such things
     
  6. Bob Wright

    Bob Wright Member

    871
    3
    18
    It looks to be a .38 S&W revolver, probably made between World Wars, ca. 1919~1940.

    Marlin made many of these top-break revolvers for different hardware companies and sold under their brand. The hammer screw and grips look like replacements.

    Not military issue by any means, nor likely police issue.

    When I was a kid we could buy these from second hand shops or junk shops for around $1.50 to $3.00. No matter the manufacture, we could find or make parts to get them into shooting condition. Learned a lot from those old junkers.

    Bob Wright

    P.S. Both Iver Johnson and H&R made similar guns, but they were marked with their name and address.
     
  7. sohrvar122

    sohrvar122 New Member

    5
    0
    0
    well thank u Bob,

    i knew it was good to put it here, now i'm getting to know the things i want to know.. :D
    its to bad i can't read what is on the barrel...
     
  8. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

    4,993
    52
    48
    That looks a lot like a Smith & Wesson Model 3. I had one. Mine had a little different trigger guard. But there were several issues of the same model. Some had a trigger guard just like yours.
     
  9. BillM

    BillM Active Member Supporter

    1,147
    1
    38
    The cylinder locking notches don't look right for a S&W 3rd model, but the
    trigger guard does.

    I'm going to go W-A-Y out on a limb and GUESS that it's a spanish copy.

    I'm basing that wholly on what I THINK I can read on top of the barrel

    It looks like it says " those (that) fit best blah blah blah Revolver". Not exclusive to the spanish copies, but that "fit best" is one of those "clue" thingies.:) The word just to the left of "Revolver" is probably the brand/model---but I can't quite make it out.

    If it is indeed spanish (or even belgian) there should be some proof marks on it. They might be darned hard to see.
     
    Last edited: Jul 9, 2012
  10. sohrvar122

    sohrvar122 New Member

    5
    0
    0
    thnx Bill, now i got something more to search, look up and compare with mine.. :D