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Post Number:#1  PostPosted: Fri May 26, 2017 4:09 pm 
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I was given an older S&w 38special today. I don't know anything about it. There's no markings except the S&w logo and caliber designation on the barrel. It's really heavy. Any sources you might know of where I can find the info for myself would be fine too. Thanks. ImageImage

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It looks like one of the older .38 models, not a .38 special.
Is it marked .38 Special or .38?

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Did a blow up of your photo and I believe it says 38 S&W on the barrel which is not interchangeable with 38 SP (special). But the image is a little burry. Have a close up of the barrel to be sure?

38 S&W https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.38_S%26W

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Looks like a Military & Police 1st model, with a shortened barrel.
Open the cylinder and look inside at the crane- there should be some markings there; also on the cylinder itself front and/or back; also look on the frame under the grips, including the bottom of the butt of the grip. Those older S&W's should have some markings in those locations.
The lack of a locking lug under the barrel should put it at the 1899-1902 timeframe, unless it's been re-barreled...


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Toddstang wrote:
It looks like one of the older .38 models, not a .38 special.
Is it marked .38 Special or .38?

It is marked "38 S&w special CTG"

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kokopelli wrote:
Looks like a Military & Police 1st model, with a shortened barrel.
Open the cylinder and look inside at the crane- there should be some markings there; also on the cylinder itself front and/or back; also look on the frame under the grips, including the bottom of the butt of the grip. Those older S&W's should have some markings in those locations.
The lack of a locking lug under the barrel should put it at the 1899-1902 timeframe, unless it's been re-barreled...



Ding, ding, ding. I agree, no extractor rod locking lug under the barrel likely means M&P model of 1899. The locking lug was added in the model of 1902.

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Ok. These are the only numbers I could find. ImageImageImageImage

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The number on the butt is your serial number, same number on cylinder means a numbers matching gun!
The crane number is a manufacturing number...
17297 puts it at the end of the range- 20,975 was the highest number in 1902


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