Did I really just buy a 1 of 1 S&W Model 18-3??
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    Did I really just buy a 1 of 1 S&W Model 18-3??

    Hello all, I own a handful of older 1970's model S&W revolvers but I am new to the forum. I believe I may have just purchased a 1 of 1 Model 18-3. I have done a crap ton of online research today and cannot find another that exists like this. It is immaculate (barely fired) and came with the box and candy, so I was able to verify this is how it originally came from S&W. This thing has an 8 3/8" barrel. My understanding is that ALL 18-3's came with a 4" barrel, but this has the 8 3/8's and even says so on the original box. The redacted serial number is 6K24***. I'll get some pics up online tomorrow, but has anybody ever heard of such a setup and what it could possibly be worth? Fingers crossed the answer is no and a lot! Haha!

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    Show us a picture of the label on the box & one of the gun. It's possible it's a custom order.
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    I'll try to get some pictures posted tomorrow. Thanks! On the "stock" box on the label it says "S". I always thought that meant standard stock, but I really have no idea...

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    It sounds like it would be well worth the $75 that it takes to get a Letter Of Authenticity (Factory Letter) from the Smith & Wesson Historical Foundation to verify what you have as being factory original. If a letter indeed verifies it is as one of a kind, then you just hit the S&W lottery.

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    Agreed. You probably should letter that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Injunbro View Post
    Show us a picture of the label on the box & one of the gun. It's possible it's a custom order.
    I do have a picture of the box with me. For some reason the "3" is missing after the 18, but the pistol is stamped 18-3 and matches serial numbers.

    Attachment 372917
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    Welcome to the forum!

    Picture attachment didn't come through for me, but if the S/N matches and the gun is stamped 18-3 I would also get it lettered.
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    So far, it's a mystery.

    Keep those fingers crossed.

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    to the forum from SE Indiana. What the folks said about getting it lettered...if it was mine I sure would.
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    Hey guys, I am new to this forum and am having difficulty uploading pictures. I click on the upload pics and find and insert, but it is not putting the actual image to the post. I have pics of the gun for you. Is there some kind of trick to uploading? Any help would be appreciated!


    EDIT- Well looks like it worked now. I'll try uploading more!
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