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    S & W .38 Special Ctg. Dating and Ammo Info

    I inherited an S & W .38 Special Ctg. from my father. Serial number C 272369 appears on bottom of barrel, back of cylinder, and butt of grip. Also "8124" is stamped in the upper and lower portions of the frame/yoke in front of the cylinder. Recently fired the gun, and it is quite accurate -- in spite of the operator. What is the approximate manufacture year for this handgun?

    This is the "youngest" and most reliable of three inherited handguns that I now own. What ammo should I consider for target practice and home defense? Are there any concerns with using home defense hollow point loads in this gun?

    Thank you.

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    by the serial number - 1953.. looks like a 38 M&P (military & police) square butt, pre-model 10 ?

    Cant see the sights - assume they are fixed..

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    Welcome,

    Looks like your 4" .38 S&W special Military & Police shipped from Springfield in 1953. It is regulated to shoot 158 grain bullets to point of aim at 25 yards. I would not use +p rated ammo in it. Hollow points of normal .38 special pressures are fine, however, they may not develop velocities sufficient to expand.
    Were I you, and wished to use the gun for defense, I would choose rounds with a lead wadcutter or semi wadcutter design of 148 to 158 grains.

    Mike

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    Correct...sights are fixed.


 

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