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    I acquired a 1917 Regulation Police a few years ago and I want to know if it’s special or not. The serial # is 916..only 3 digits. Everything matches and it’s in really great shape. Is this a special piece?
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    Looks to be in nice shape. Generally for regulation police, value really is dependent on condition rather than just having a low serial number. Having an early one is a "nice to have" but won't necessarily bring you a premium over a similar condition gun having a 4 or 5 digit serial number.

    Nice, but not mint, .38 RPs run in the $ 400-500 range these days
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    There were about 5000 of the .38 RP made in 1917 from March to late fall before war production intervened, and regular production did not resume until 1919.

    Guns from this batch, serials below 5000, commonly but a bit erroneously referred to as the “pre-war batch”, will usually be worth a premium over later guns. A strange phenomenon is that guns in the 5-, 6-, and 7-thousands are very rare, but exist, and shipped in 1918/19. Then when regular production resumed, most are in the 8000s and up.
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    Thank y’all so much for your input. I was really hoping for a larger value # but it’s still special to me. I really like it and wouldn’t be afraid to shoot it at all. I just wish I knew the story/ personal history behind it. Hard to believe by looking at it, that’s it’s over 100 years old. I would think as time goes by, it would only increase in value. It will be well kept and preserved. Thank y’all again.

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    Welcome to the forum! Nice revolver. Enjoy it and shoot it often.
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    Welcome to the forum!
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    Good looking piece, thanks for sharing.

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    Welcome to the forum.

    That's a nice one and looks all original. I doubt it has much history though, it has little wear, holster wear, nor battle scars. It likely spent its life in a pocket.

    Notice when these shipped:

    1 RP shipped March 5, 1917, serial # 1 was made 1st.
    731 RP .38, sh. May 1917
    1680 has logo right side
    1993 Roy confirms that it shipped July 1917. No logo.
    2381 shipped in June, 1917
    4301 shipped on Sept. 15, 1917, RP, patent date on the stocks, no logo on frame
    43XX shipped on 9/15/17
    5000 Below this #, all eight RPs known are confirmed to have shipped in 1917
    5693 RP 4” March 1918
    6592 RP shipped in April 1918
    None known shipped between 4/18 to 11/18.
    November 11, 1918, WWI ended.

    Those shipped after the war had no logos until ~ 1920.

    Your 916 could have been made and shipped anytime after 3/17. Does it have an S&W trademark logo on the sideplate? If not it shipped after March/April 1917.
    Is there a "patent pending" on the bottom/butt of the left side grip?

    The low # has an appeal for some people regardless of condition, but not all or not all when not new looking and in the box.
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    Quote Originally Posted by auntwennie View Post
    Thank y’all so much for your input. I was really hoping for a larger value # but it’s still special to me. I really like it and wouldn’t be afraid to shoot it at all. I just wish I knew the story/ personal history behind it. Hard to believe by looking at it, that’s it’s over 100 years old. I would think as time goes by, it would only increase in value. It will be well kept and preserved. Thank y’all again.
    These old guns have so much history that like you said, too bad they cannot talk. However, they usually do no command collector prices but they are excellent shooters. So even though not a collector, they are a lot of fun to shoot.
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