Looking for help
I'm a new member to this forum. I recently purchased a S&W revolver and need help to identify its year of manufacture and model. The revolver was used by the canadian military police about 1942. The barrel length is 6" or 152mm. The ammunition is .38. The serial # is 732248.
Another # on the barrel is "CTG". Also I presume it will fire .38 special bullets.
Thanks in advance for any help.
It's possible that your pistol was made to fire .38 S&W cartridges, not .38 Special. The .38 S&W is a shorter, weaker cartridge than the .38 Special.
Originally Posted by victor2525
During WW2, the British (and the Commonwealth) used what they called the 0.380/200 revolver round, which is our .38 S&W. We made pistols for the British and for some Commonwealth countries, but I am not sure that ones made for use in Canada were all .38 S&W caliber.
Evidently, after the war was over, some .38 S&W revolvers were "converted" to .38 Special by drilling-out their cylinder chambers to the longer size. This was not a safe conversion. Therefore, you should ask a competent gunsmith to check your gun for cartridge fit and function, before ever firing it.
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