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My neighbor passed and left me his house, we found a bunch of .38 shells, and I mean hundreds of them. After a week of clearing we found this old smith and wesson revolver in the top of a closet, it's in pretty rough shape but any help identifying it would be great. I have no idea about the value either. Thanks for all the help everyone. 12188850_10207833610621006_195979584_n.jpg 12193281_10207833518458702_8545997735864189516_n.jpg 12200856_10207833612301048_1605326439_n.jpg 12202079_10207833610901013_1367636037_n.jpg 12202582_10207833611421026_1792346571_n.jpg
 

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Looks to me to be a .38 Military and Police Model 1905 - 4th Change and going by your serial # it has the heat treated cylinder and was made between 1915 and 1942 and probably in the late 1920- early 1930 range but that's just a guess on the date going by the serial #.
 
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welcome01 to the forums from the Wiregrass! You have found the revolver most produced by S&W in its history. The .38 Military & Police, AKA the Model 1905, 4th Change. Your gun is from 1920-21 and made after the cylinders were heat treated. If the action is working fine (have it checked by a gunsmith), you can shoot any .38 Special ammo in it.

Ah, see Ron has ID'd it for ya.
 
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Welcome to the forum. It won't take long. Someone will recognize this pretty quickly.

welcome01
 

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Wiregrassguy has a better handle on dates than my book so his date is more correct.

P.S. Welcome to the forum from sunny Florida. Stick around and ask all the questions you need to.
 

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I have the same book as you, Ron. The telltale is the absence of the one line "Made in USA" stamp. That started in 1922. Of course, it is still possible it shipped in 1922 or later.

The OP asked for a value. If the action is working as it should and based on the condition I see, perhaps $200 around here.
 
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Another thing, opennington89, gather up all the ammo and especially any ammo boxes. If the ammo or any boxes are as old as that revolver, it has enhanced value. In fact, don't throw away any gun-related boxes, grips, holsters, books or magazines as they may be valuable. If the ammo is recent, you can find a buyer for it locally (depending on your state laws).
 

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Hey 89,

Welcome to S&W.

Way to go, pics of a fine old M&P.........on first post!

With ammo prices the way they are............hundreds of rounds of .38............is a good thing!

Later, Mark
 

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Welcome to the forum. What a great find. I'd clean that old M&P and start shooting all that ammo and the buy more and repeat.
 

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Treasure hunt!!!!!!!

Welcome to the forum!

I think I'd use a stud finder or borrow a metal detector to check walls too...
 

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I think I'd borrow a metal detector to check walls too...
I had exactly the same thought. In the bedrooms, look for any loose floorboards, or possibly a group of 3 or 4 boards all cut to the same length (usually around 16" or so where they'll lay across the floor beams) Plenty of older people and kids made little cubby holes under the floorboards for hiding comic books, and small valuables. An old Superman or Batman comic book could be worth more then the house itself.

Congratulations on the kindness of your neighbor, and the new additions to your collections.

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Gregory
 

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welcome01to the forum from SE Indiana. Nice find and I agree with the folks here and go hunting....let us know what you find. Be safe my friends and God bless. Dick
 

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I would take the grips off and give that old smith a good soaking in breakfree clp for 24 hours and then clean it. It should make a good shooter.
 

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looks like a 1905 4th change. this one was made prior to 1920. nice shooter, probably worth around $200 in that condition.
 
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