Picked up this 1948 M&P the other day.The grips are original with the serial number stamped in the right grip. A few rust spots on it and as you can see it's been carried. Not bad for 72 years old.
This one sat in the LGS for quite awhile and I probably paid too much for it. But it just kept calling out to me every time I saw it. The gun was very dry when I bought it so when I brought it home I gave it a good cleaning and oiled the finish. The bore and chambers were clean and I bet it was just sitting in somebody's dresser or desk for a long time. Maybe it was a detectives gun or a LEO backup piece, if only it could talk.Cool! I dont see many M&P snubbies for sale, and have never seen one that old for sale in my area
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