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I have a 38 ctg s&w has serial numbers beginning with v , then 6 numbers, then on cylinder what appears to be a "D" then v then numbers. on butt has v then numbers. then inside when cylinder is opened, 2 other numbers. not same as serial, 5 digit. its nickel plated, i know victory models were not, but some for Britain may have been. any help to identify would be appreciated. thanks, IMG_20121103_223026.jpg IMG_20121103_223003.jpg IMG_20121103_222944.jpg IMG_20121103_222931.jpg IMG_20121103_222923.jpg
 

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You have a refinished victory model .38 S&W that has been modified to chamber .38 special cartridges. That is why SPECIAL is stamped on the right side of the barrel. S&W would have stamped .38 S&W SPCL CTG. Also, it appears that the barrel has been shortened and the front sight has been replaced or modified. Made sometime during WWII.
 

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^+1 There were over half a million British Service Revolver versions of the Victory series. An astonishing number were pruned from their usual 5 and sometimes 6 inch barrels, plated, blued, reamed to accept .38 Specials, swivel holes plugged and restocked. Some were unconciounably converted to snubs with floating ejector rods.

Many were converted by Cogswell & Harrison or Parker-Hale in Britain, others including yours by God knows who.

Yours predates the improved hammerblock. Consider carrying with the firing pin resting on an empty chamber. No +P ammo. If the cases swell to a great degree drive them out one at a time, don't hammer the ejector rod.

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