old s&w 38, can you help?????

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by maday, Jun 22, 2008.

  1. maday

    maday New Member

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    Hi there i found this web site and joined today in hopes that someone can help identify my fathers old gun. It is a 5 shot smith and wesson that has a t clip that breaks down like a shot gun , if you know what i mean.On the side of the barrel it says "38 s.&w. ctg and the serial on thw cylinder and the bottom of the handel is 5429**. I am just trying to find out a round about year on this .Appreciate any help.....maday:):)
     
  2. ScottG

    ScottG New Member

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    Probably an old break top revolver. From your description it's chambered in .38 S&W, doesn't mean it is a S&W. Do you have any pictures you can post?
     

  3. Dave Gafvert

    Dave Gafvert New Member

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    S&W Brake top revolver

    These are normaly marked on the top of the rib on the barrel as to the maker. There were alot of companys that made them, the 38 S&W cartridge
    is much shorter than the 38 Spl, and is 0.018 larger in dia, than the 38 Spl,
    You can get reloading dies and shell cases from Midway. The 38 S&W was
    used by the British in WW2. Hope this helps. Dave
     
  4. WILDCATT

    WILDCATT New Member

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    S&W

    it has to be a break top.so would be before WW2.I have a 32.hammerless safty.and it would be a 38 S&W not special.:eek::rolleyes:
     
  5. skullcrusher

    skullcrusher New Member

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    Almost responded to a 1 year old thread...actually did, but edited out. Doh!