This Pre-Model 10 is from 1948-49. I'm not really sure which, as the SCSW doesn't break it down that far and I don't really see the need to obtain a factory letter for this revolver. Serial number C96825. If anyone has something close and can narrow the date down a little for me, I'd appreciate it.
As you can see, she doesn't have original grips. In fact, I traded with Patrick Grashorn for this gun and it came to me with stags on it. (imagine that!) The stags now reside on another, and I had these very nice early Target grips laying around, so..
The grips are actually early Targets that have been expertly modified for speed loader use and ease of extraction. When I first got these grips, I looked into it a little and was told that was sometimes done early-on, which is what led to the Targets having the football cutout.
Anyway, here's the latest photo. I hope y'all enjoy!
I love the M&P. The first revolver I shot was my dad's 5 screw m&P from the early 50's. I was horrible with the sights. But did learn to be pretty decent at sight shooting with it. (not true point shooting, but just looking down the barrell.)
Carl, Those Target grips on that gun look to me like the Target grips that S&W used before 1981, when they introduced the speedloader cut-out. They had the "football relief" indentation to allow for easier extraction of cartridges from the inside of the cylinder. Not for use of speedloaders.
I had a set of those grips on my 98% M-67. When I attempted to use a speedloader, one of the inner cartridges got hung up 3/4 of the way out. It ended up bouncing against the side plate, making a couple of dents! Needless to say....I was not happy.......and never used a speedloader again!!!! :x I load the old fashioned way......one at a time, by hand. tnbtlaa Bob