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Hello, I’m going through my dads gun closet and have a .38 special. It has some sentimental value (first pistol o ever fired) and was wondering if it had any collector value.
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See pics for markings. Thanks in advance.
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Not an expert on these, but those look like military proof marks. I'd guess a WWII production date. Any additional stamping elsewhere?
 

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It is a Model of 1905 Change 4 aka M&P .38. Probably shipped in the first half of 1941. Looks like it may have been converted in the UK after the war but you enlargements are too large for me to make any sense of them.

I have a s/n 765xxx that shipped in 4/41.

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Yours looks to be in excellent shape.
 

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Those are the only markings except for “Smith &Wesson” on the other side of the barrel and a trademark stamp near the grips.
Thanks for the info.
 

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I believe your markings are similar to the ones on my 1942 BSR.



Also I've not seen many examples were they have split the serial number in two on the cylinder. Most I've seen are like this.

 

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Classic "Military and Police" Pre-model 10.
You've got the date. Perhaps brought back from service after WW-II?
 

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By the way, the finish looks really good and looks like the grips have very little wear. Very faint drag line on the cylinder. Looks to be in very nice shape. Nice pistol. I have a later pre model 10 6" with some finish wear that is a great pistol. My sn is 8205XX.
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