Identify my SW Revolver Please!

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supertones31
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Identify my SW Revolver Please!

Post by supertones31 » Wed Jun 20, 2012 11:26 am

US Service CTG .38 special Serial Number E994 on the frame where the cylinder comes out
22993 on the bottom of the handle


The only history I have is that it was owned by a Chicago cop "back in the day.' It also comes w/ a leather holster that is stamped VL&A Chicago 205 DB

If anyone could give me some more history and price info, that'd be great.
Thanks!

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Re: Identify my SW Revolver Please!

Post by jmikeb653 » Wed Jun 20, 2012 3:40 pm

According to my copy of "The Standard Catalog of S&W" the ser# range for years 1902-1903 is 20976-33803 so your revolver would fall into early to mid-1902 yr production. 1902 was the year they started the ".38 Military & Police 2nd Model" as the M&P 1st model came out in 1899. It is fairly rare but i am not sure how collectable. The next model change came fairly quickly in late 1903 with ser.# 33804 ---- ".38 M&P Model 1902 - 1st Change" ...... the scroll on the bbl of your revolver should read exactly " 38 S&W Special & U.S. Service Ctg." Prices range from $85 to $650 depending on condition..... my book is 6 years old and prices on collectables have dropped since the book came out..... check out http://smith-wessonforum.com/ for more info, and of course [ Completed!!!! very important ] auction results on Gunbroker etc. to get real time values..... some of those overpriced idiots on those auction sites are nuts and never sell anything " Fugate " on Gunbroker for example. As far as the markings go.... i have no idea.... i was born in Chicago and the famously corrupt Sheriff Hartmann was my Great-Uncle [ see the movie "The Front Page" ] but Chicago had many different Railroad Police for the various rail-lines that had their headquarters in Chicago. As well as Chicago Park Police, Cook Co. Sheriffs Dept. , Chicago Police Dept., & The various seperate cities in the greater Chicagoland area. The gun can be lettered by Roy Jinks, the official S&W historian & if sold to the CPD it would probably add value but i think a letter is $75 or more now..... you would have to decide on that, Hope this helps.... Jim
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Re: Identify my SW Revolver Please!

Post by supertones31 » Wed Jun 20, 2012 8:52 pm

Thanks, Jim, a lot of info in that post. Just joined the S&W and posted in their antique thread. [smilie=cheers1.gif]

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