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    S&W .38 Long CTG

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    Hello all I have attached some pictures of my grandfathers S&W .38 Long CTG the buttstock is numbered 5835 SPAIN.On the top of the barrell it has wrighting stating SUINAGA v AFAMBERRI - EIBAR. I f there are any experts out there I was just curious what this meant and is there any value to it? The box of ammo was packed with the 1911.
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    What has the third picture to do with the gun? You say the gun is .38 long. The ammo is .45 ...

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    The ammo has nothing to do with the gun I just thought someone might have info on the box of ammo as well. The box was packed with his 1911 US Army issue.

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    welcome to the forum!

    you probably know it already, but the gun is not a smith and wesson. it is a spanish-produced gun. there were lots of them. most of them were loosely copied from smiths or colts. some of them were pretty good quality. some of them were unsafe at any speed. i am not familiar with the specific gun you have pictured, but maybe someone will pop in, in a while with more info.

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    Neat old 1911! Can't read the slide in the picture, what is it? Never seen a 1911 I didn't like,, OK there was one that was very modifided that was just flat ugly but,,,
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    Your .38 would be priced as a shooter, $125-$175, BUT the .45 is another story. With the small sights, diamond grips, and lanyard on the frame that is a VERY early model. There are a lot of very small differences ( and I am NOT a Colt .45 collector) that could be some serious money. Do NOT take the first offer on this. Do your homework, Colt owners type site, and get at LEAST 3 estimates/bids. DO NOT, DO NOT, DO NOT try to clean it up or 'make it pretty' by taking a polisher to it. If you do I will track you down, and crap on your porch. You MAY have hit a home run. Good luck, and welcome.
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    Thanks for the response ive done my homework a little and found out the year it was made was in 1918. The serial number is 535324 also are the parts including the barrell are original and have not been swapped out.

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    Thats why it says SPAIN on the buttstock!! I thought S & W just made guns for other countries. Thats good to know thanks for the feedback.

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    I would not recommend ever firing the Spain copy of a S&W. They were knock-offs and many were not the same metal or quality as S&W produced. The .45 is another story and highly collectable. I have recently seen the "two-tone" war time production magazine pictured with your gun sell for as high as $100.00 by itself to collectors. I can't tell from the picture, but if the magazine has a lanyard ring on the bottom it could sell for even more.

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    I am ignorant and need some help. My wife and I just moved into a new, for us, house. In the process of putting things away we found a loaded revolver on the top shelf of the master closet. It states, among other things, "38 Long CTC," and serial number 365087. Anybody have any ideas regarding the nature of this revolver? It appears quite old and somewhat worn. Any advise or assistance would be appreciated.


 

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