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    Post Help to determine age of S & W Pistol

    I have a 4" Smith Regulation Police 38 CTG, Ser. #15537. It is chrome with blued trigger and hammer. I would like to know the approximate year of production?

    Overall, the gun is in fair shape with the chrome worn at the frame in the trigger area. All parts in good working order.

    What does the "CTG" stand for?

    Thank you

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    Hey Pete.

    Glad you could join us.

    Just a couple of things... If your gun is original, I'll bet that it is actually Nickle Plated, not Chrome. Also, the hammer and trigger are probably color case hardenend, but sometimes it can look a little like it's faded or patina'd blue. "CTG." is an abbreviation for Cartridge. Your Regulation Police is chambered for the .38 S&W Cartridge. Not to be confused with the more common and modern .38 S&W Special Cartridge.

    With that serial number, the tables in the Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson by Mr. Jim Supica and Mr. Richard Nahas suggest an early post WW1 manufacture date. your gun was built before the introduction of heat treated cylinders, a process that began around 1920-21 or so, at about serial number 20,000. According to Mr. Roy Jinks, S&W Historian, Regulation Police No. 28,465 shipped in July 1924.

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    Would the Made in USA or its absence be marker for 1921 and likely the cylinder issue??

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    Waidmann, I have to admit that I don't know the answer to that question... If I ever did know, I've surely forgotten.... Oldtimer's I guess.... I'd have to look it up. I will and will repost.
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    Hey Pete, do you have a picture?
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    Thanks Drew. I've read the Madein USA dates from 1921 and the heat treating of cylinders from 1920. Hence my question.

    Bill (Waidmann)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Waidmann View Post
    Thanks Drew. I've read the Madein USA dates from 1921 and the heat treating of cylinders from 1920. Hence my question.

    Bill (Waidmann)
    The 75th anniversary catalog states that the MADE IN U.S.A. stamp is on every S&W revolver manufactured after 1924.

    In Neal and Jinks, S&W:1957-1945, there is reference to a factory change order dated May of 1922 that instructs manufacturing to put the MADE IN U.S.A. stamp on every revolver.
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