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going through the parents condo after Dad died, i found a Smith revolver no one knew anything about.
it is a model 14 4 inch barrel. # on frame and butt strap is 410614
# under barrel is 257957
right side of barrel has 38 S&W special CTG
i have not found the paperwork on this yet, so i do not even know when Dad bought it. i think this may have been his police service revolver from when he joined the police department back in 1954, but i always thought that was a 6 inch. unless he had the barrel shortened for when he was behind the counter at the post office as postmaster.
 

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The dissimilar numbers point to a swapped barrel
 

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The S&W model numbers were introduced in 1957 as well.
 

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If it was before 1957, they did not use numbers for model designation, so how do you know it is a model 14? (*actually PRE model 14)
 

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The dissimilar numbers point to a swapped barrel
ok, that would make sense because i remember him talking about having a gun converted from 6 inch to 4 inch.

If it was before 1957, they did not use numbers for model designation, so how do you know it is a model 14? (*actually PRE model 14)
says so under the serial number.

The Model 14 is a .38 Masterpiece. The SN should start with a K. Does it?
oops, sorry, i missed that. yes, serial number is K 410614
 

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that serial number dates from 1960, not 1954, which is what was confusing me
 

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ok, thanks. that makes sense now. he went behind the desk at post office around 1960, so probably bought this and had the 6 inch barrel replaced with the 4 inch
 
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