New to Fourm & S&W Question

Discussion in 'Revolver Handguns' started by ridgeline, Jul 4, 2010.

  1. ridgeline

    ridgeline New Member

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    I have a S&W Double Action. Dose anyone know what year it was made & what model ? It is a .38 S&W The number on the inside of the frame near the piviot is 40529, there is also what look's like a P above those numbers.
    Serial number 886XX. Thanks for your Help.
     

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  2. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    That appears to be a "pre Model 11" .38 S&W Military and Police. They were introduced in 1936 and made til 1965. Yours is a 5 screw which puts it before about 1947 (?). It is .38 S&W, NOT .38 S&W Special.
     

  3. ridgeline

    ridgeline New Member

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    Thanks for the infomation, my family has a police background so it makes sense.
     
  4. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    Just remember what Robo said, .38 Smith & Wesson is a different cartridge than .38 special. However, they are available.
     
  5. ridgeline

    ridgeline New Member

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    Thanks, would it still be safe to fire with the correct ammo ?
     
  6. Jpyle

    Jpyle New Member

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    Only your gunsmith knows for sure. No one can tell you whether it is safe or not from a picture. Looks to be in pretty good shape for a 60+ year old Smitty but have it checked out to be sure.
     
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  7. ridgeline

    ridgeline New Member

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    I will take it to a smith befoer I shoot it, it has very little wear for as old as it is. Thanks
     
  8. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    The .38 S&W cartridge is a very low power one by today's standards, but it will certainly kill. The revolver will almost certainly contain the energy, but if the timing is off it may shave/spit lead and be dangerous to shoot.

    A gunsmith is certainly the first step.