Can someone id this for me?
This double action .38 belonged to my wife's grandfather, and was passed down to her. He had it about the time of WWII if not before, and carried it as a deputy sheriff in Ca according to my father in law.
Serial # is 307###
The only marking I can find is on the top of the barrel:
COLT'S PT. F.A. MFG. CO. HARTFORD, CT. U.S.A.
Pat'd Aug 5 1884 July 4 1905 Oct 5 1926
I tried to narrow down the possibilities from the serial number, but none of the possibilities seem to match, in particular the smooth cylinder latch and the plain knob on the end of the ejector rod look suspicious to me, as well as the lack of marking on the barrel other than that shown above.