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    smith and wesson 38 ctg age and value

    Name:  38 s&w victory.jpg
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Size:  51.5 KBI just got a s&w 38 ctg it has the logo at the top of the grips and it has s&w trademark barrel is 3.5 inchs no model # serial # 62044x has the letter v stamped before the sn
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    Hello and welcome to the forum.

    I don't have my reference material with me right now, but it sounds like you have a K Frame Victory Model (The "V" preceeding the s/n).

    The barrel should be measured from the front of the cylinders to the end of the barrel (muzzle)..........I'm gonna guess that it's really a 4" barrel (not 3 1/2").

    Please keep in mind that .38 S&W is not the same caliber as .38 Special.

    I'll let the real experts fill in the blanks.

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    thats where I measured it from where it meets cylinder to end of muzzle I thought it was 4 also until I measured it also I took the grips off and on right side under grips it has 53 stamped and ctr under it

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    Pictures would be helpful. You may find an array of numbers on parts that are just assembly numbers. The model number will not appear on a Victory. The V before the serial definitely makes it a Victory. Not rare, but a nice piece of WWII history.

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    I added a picture

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    Hard to tell from he dark picture but it is possible the barrel was cut back and recrowned.


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Size:  26.1 KBHi Wanda, For clarification, is it marked .38 S&W CTG or .38 S&W Special CTG? At first glance my learned peers (and I agree) it is one of the 250,000 or so British Service Models (out of 500,00 plus) that was returned to the states in the fifties and early sixties to have its barrel (originally 5 inch) pruned and was likely reamed (unadvisably) to accept the .38 Special cartridge. The good news is that it was not cut so short, the ejector is still anchored, a plus.


    The minuses are the (likely) caliber and alteration. While decent specimen Victory Models are trading up, yours is an altered version of the highest production variant (I think). Therefore, if it is .38 S&W (not marked Special) it has the value of a "monkeyed-with" M&P (Military & Police) in ho-hum condition. In these parts, $150-$200+?

    If it is an inheritance, that in my opinion is the greater value. The 1905 M&P 4th change was in production from 1915-1948 with approximately half produced in the war era 1939-1945. These are the most common handgun of the western world. Value is based on condition-condition-condition.


    If there are any markings or other aspects about this piece beyond my qualified response pictures are a great help.

    W.
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