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Here for your perusal is Smith & Wesson .45ACP US Army model of 1917 serial number 132134 with British Birmingham proofs on cylinder, frame and barrel. I recall reading/seeing information that some 20000 of these S&W 1917s were sent to the UK in 1940; perhaps this is one of them.

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That's cool. I knew about the 38 caliber Victory revolvers but did not know that we also sent 1917's to the British
 

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Real piece of HISTORY!

Enjoy!
 

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Fine old Smith revolver!
 

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I am betting on London proofs from what I see. Most of what I have seen indicates the guns came from U.S. Navy stocks in 1940. Charles Pate's book on secondary sidearms of WWII is about the best source overall I am aware of.
 
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