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    38 revolver

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Size:  93.7 KBI inherited my great grandfather's 38 special; Id like to know if it is safe to shoot, what loads to shoot, and maybe the value. Also, where to find a (left handed) holster. Also, how do I contact s&w to maybe get original paperwork, as my name is the same as my great grandfathers, and would be cool to see if it was originally sold to him. Thanks in advance! It is a 6 shot revolver, 5 inch ? barrel, nickle plated, black hard grips. marked on top, in part,
    smith & wesson, springfield, mass, usa
    pat'd march 27 '94 .......... feb 6 '06

    on the side,
    38 s&w special
    & us service ctg's

    on butt, 101xxx
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    Hello spiriteagle20 and welcome to the forum.

    It looks to me that you've got a .38 Military & Police Model of 1905 First or Second Change (S/N's overlap between 1st & 2nd Change).

    This is an especially cool heirloom made even better with your name being the same as the original purchaser (your Grand Dad). I would get a letter from Roy Jinks (S&W Factory Historian), but chances are it will have the name of the business that it was originally shipped to and maybe not your Grandfather (I'd do it anyway, you may get something interesting besides just dry info).

    Until one of our resident experts chimes-in with more info (and possible corrections to what I've told you).

    Left hand holsters aren't real common, but they can be sometimes found on eBay and GunBroker.

    Here's a link to Roy Jinks (S&W Historian) Firearm History Request - Smith & Wesson

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    Geezer
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    Thanks for quick reply... will definitly send history request. I think I might be hooked on S&W !

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    Well done Geezer, further the U.S.Service Cartridge, until 1909 is the .38 Long Colt, daddy to the .38 Special. Personally I would confine firing to some target wadcutters. Absoutely nothing stouter than service/lead. No jacketed bullets and no +P, period, ever. Your gun is from the dawn of smokeless powder.
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    If you aren't familiar with this species, you might want to have a qualified gunsmith look it over. You really don't want to risk injury to yourself or the firearm. I believe there is a charge for the paperwork from S&W, but would be well worth it. Congratulations. That's a nice piece of history.

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    Thanks to you all .... Paperwork and photo allready in mail to S&W for authentication. Although not a firearms afficionado, I feel comfortable in firing a few rounds of light loads, just for historical connection to my ancestor. I will be on the lookout for a newer piece to shoot on weekends. Happiness is a warm gun.


 

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