I am looking for some help on the history of a gun. I have this old 5” Smith M&P I bought from a coworker at another job many years ago.
5” Barrel with smooth wood grips on a lanyard swivel equipped square butt. Serial Number on butt is 4252XX. There is a smaller case upside down P and a few spaces then a right side up V
Right side has S&W logo on the inspection plate. The plate is held in place by 4 screws.
Left side is stamped “ CAL .38 special” about 1/4” below the cylinder release
Barrel right side stamped with an odd mark(maltese cross?) then 38 S.&W. with same odd mark.
Barrel top is stamped “ Smith and Wesson Springfield Mass U. S. A.” next line “Patented Feb. 6. 06 Sept. 14. 09 Dec. 29. 14”
Barrel left side “SMITH & WESSON”
Barrel bottom (under the ejection rod) V 4252XX
Frame top left a strange mark then “ U. S. PROPERTY GHD"
Frame inside of crane is an X and serial number ”810XX”
Crane has same serial number “810XX”
There is a screw in the front of the trigger guard (5 th screw) and one in the front of the grip frame (main spring).
I don’t think it is a loan lease or Victory based on caliber.
I will try get some photos posted
Last edited by Old Padawan; 10-05-2009 at 04:44 PM.
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