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Hey SD,

Welcome to S&W!

Wow! What a fine piece of AMERICANA!!

Good for you!

Later, Mark
 

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WOW! Yours is within 50 of mine! :D That's just gorgeous! Mine shipped June 1900.
Only proviso is: avoid jacketed ammo.

 

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Hey S,

Looks great!

Wonderful thing! To have a Family Heirloom in that condition!

Later, Mark
 

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1255 is the serial number. The gun is an 1899. This was called the .38 Military and Police first model. identified by the lack of a locking lug on the bottom of the barrel and the straight barrel profile with no flare where it meets the frame. Looks beautiful for being 122 years old.
I have a. 38 S&W commercial m&p converted by cogswell and Harrison Ltd London
 

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Welcome to the forums from the Wiregrass! You should start a new thread instead of camping onto an old one. You will get a wider and better range of responses to a thread devoted to your gun. Likely what you have is a British Service Revolver from WWII. If the serial number starts with a V, it is also known as the Victory Model. It was common after WWII for them to be modified for the US market by shortening the barrel and reaming the cylinder chambers for .38 Special. If you will post pictures in a new thread, we can tell you more.
 

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Welcome to the forums from the Wiregrass! You should start a new thread instead of camping onto an old one. You will get a wider and better range of responses to a thread devoted to your gun. Likely what you have is a British Service Revolver from WWII. If the serial number starts with a V, it is also known as the Victory Model. It was common after WWII for them to be modified for the US market by shortening the barrel and reaming the cylinder chambers for .38 Special. If you will post pictures in a new thread, we can tell you more.
I am sorry I am not good at these forms but I will see what I can do
The barrel is not shortened and the number on the bottom of the handle doesn't start with a v
 
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