Out of the past.............
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    Senior Member Bob Wright's Avatar
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    May 2006
    Memphis TN

    Out of the past.............

    Anybody remember the old Smith & Wesson .38s sold as surplus in the 'Fifties and 'Sixties? These were British surplus sold to England under Lend-Lease during WW II. England could not produce enough Enfield revolvers, so approached S&W to manufacture revolvers for them. S&W countered that to tool up for the Enfield would take too long and be too expensive, so produced their Military and Police Model in .380 Revolver for them. This is the .38-200 or .38 S&W, also known as the .38 Colt New Police.

    Some distributors got this gun and ran a .38 Special chambering reamer through the chambers, thus making a .38 Special out of the gun. In effect, this was a dual-caliber gun, firing both the .38 S&W and the .38 Special. Only trouble was, the chamber was oversized at the head area, resulting in bulged cases when .38 Special ammo was used. Extraction was stiff, to say the least, and cases didn't last too long if reloaded, due to excessive resizing required. But, they sold revolvers!

    Bob Wright

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    Member DanP_from_AZ's Avatar
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    Chino Valley, AZ
    You've got me, Bob !
    I'm "aware" of the Brit deal, but have never seen one.

    One of my "problems" is the huge amount of "time space" between my bird hunting for food (ducks, pheasants, grouse, prairie chicken) youth years,
    and my coming around to becoming a right-wing gun nut instead of a crazy liberal who actually contributed money to the "old" Handgun Control, Inc.

    That "journey" can't be covered in a simple post. But, it eventually led to my divorce. She couldn't make "the logical journey". That was good riddance !

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