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    38 S&W Special CTG - mfg date and value?

    Will try to give you all the info first time.

    grips a bit - tiny bit - worn. Metal is gorgeous. SN very clear, as well as all other numbers, etc.

    SN - 109583 and then a long space then an 'S' without the '.

    On the cylinder the SN is clearly visible but the 'S' has a tiny diamond shape next to it. Then around the cylinder another 'S' with a space before you get to the SN. Did that make sense?

    I know you can't guarantee value. But IF the way I describe it is true, can you give me a hint?

    Thanks

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    If you can post some pictures it would really help.

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    Sorry, only camera available right now is on phone and I don't like it but here goes . . .
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    If this didn't work I will try again. The one of the cylinder - arrow at 10:00 is pointing to S, oval is encircling the serial number 105983, arrow at 2:00 is pointing to the S with the diamond shape beside it -
    rats. Looks like the arrows and ovals didn't come through. Anyway - at 10:00 is an S by itself. at 12:00 is the serial number. At 2:00 is the S with the diamond.
    Last edited by louhardt; 01-15-2012 at 09:37 PM. Reason: looked at the photos

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    lou,

    Welcome, it looks like a Heavy Duty 38/44. The SN is on the bottom of the butt frame, under the grips, perhaps also under the bottom side of the barrel, and/or on the rear of the cylinder. We would really love some well-lit, higher resolution pics, to nail this down.
    It is a very interesting, and perhaps, desirable, collectible revolver.

    Mike

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    Okay, I will learn to use this !@#$!@# phone. What do you want to see? All of that again only better?

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    And don't you dare log off and go to bed now! This belonged to my husband (formerly Ks Trooper) and I just found it in the back of a closet. I could really enjoy this being a desirable collectible!!!!

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    lou,

    Put some light on that bad-boy, give us a full view of both sides, any markings on it, etc.
    I'm not the "expert" here, but there are some very knowledgeble folks on the forum.
    Condition is everything to a collector, so you want to show every detail of the gun's finish, design and features. Believe me, this will catch the eye of one of our esteemed members who can probably give you "chapter-and-verse" of what you have. The box, if original to the gun, is a plus.
    I cannot tell if the rear sights are adjustable, that determination will offer a clue. I'm looking in my Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson for a similar match to your pics.

    Mike
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    Okay, well, I am probably a dolt. The sn on the butt has the S and then the space and then the rest of the sn rather than the way I described it. Sorry. I hope this set of pictures helps. Otherwise I have to wait until Monday when I have my digital camera available.

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    lou,

    Initial research: if it is an "N" frame .38 special that SN places it as having left the factory in 1954 or 1955. Are you sure ther isn't an "S" before the serial number?

    Mike

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    lou,

    Back-up and show us the whole gun, both sides. you are too close for your camera to focus. Do you have a real digital camera?

    Mike


 
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