Looks like you knew what it was three years ago...
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Here's hoping I posted in the right section, but I'm not exactly sure what era this is from. My expertise doesn't carry over into the revolver world unfortunately, and I'm an Hk guy anyways.
Just looking to be informs of what model this is, about what year it's from, anything special about it, and even a guess at what it's value might be, etc..etc...
...Oh, and, by the way, get rid of that extremely unsafe holster.
A safe holster covers the pistol's trigger. It keeps you from grabbing that trigger until you've pointed the gun in the direction in which you intend to shoot.
No, the "safety strap" does not accomplish the same thing.
Looks to be a pre-Model 10 or "Victory Model"
Take a look at the flat of the grip frame between the panels and see what the serial number is. That might help in ID'ing the gun.
Model 10, manufactured 1961-1962, approximate value $350-$375.
Last edited by Holly; 05-03-2012 at 10:54 PM.
Could be an early model 10, apparently the half moon sight did carry over for some time into the model 10 era.
Can wee see some better pics of the right side of the gun? This site: Smith & Wesson model changes has some good info on the revision history of various S&W revolvers.
So apparently, yours is at least a pre '62.
Model 10 -1 1959 Heavy Barrel
-2 1961 Changed extractor rod thread to LH on standard barrel
-3 1961 Same as above, for heavy barrel
-4 1962 Screw in front of trigger eliminated
-5 1962 1/10" to 1/8" front sight, on standard barrel
-6 1962 Screw in front of trigger guard eliminated on heavy barrel model
-7 1977 Change to put gas ring from yoke to cylinder
-8 1977 Change to put gas ring from yoke to cylinder on heavy barrel model
With the cylinder open there may be a marking inside frame where the crane goes, not sure if they did that with the older guns or not.
Try running you pictures on S&W forum. Some of those people know more about S&W's than Smith and Wesson, they have always been able to help me.
I will disagree with you on covering that trigger. I prefer my trigger well clear of leather, and no "safety strap" as this:
This has been my daily rig for over a year now.
As to the model of your gun, its a Military and Police Model, which later became the Model 10 in recent years, around 1957, I believe. Your gun looks post-War and pre - 1955. Most notable feature missing in your photos is the screw at the top of the sideplate, or lack thereof. It does appear to lack the trigger stop. My guess is early 'Fifties vintage.
...Two minds with but a single thought.
...but Zhurdan got there first, while I was still writing.
Ninja post!!! Haaaaayaaaaahhh!!
And I didn't want a layer of leather between my finger and my gun. I did compromise some with a Don Hume holster which did cover part of the trigger guard. But the old Tom Threepersons rig still is my favorite.
Strange post. Getting upset at Holly's response was odd.
looks like an old Police service six 38 or 357
Get rid of the holster? Seriously? The holster is likely worth a C note or 2. That is a beautiful, vintage piece of leather you have there. Bob nailed the gun I think, early 50s M&P. Give up the first 3 numbers of the SN and I probably can get a bit closer.
Watch any old B&W movie from the '30's through the '60's and you will see this revolver (probably with a 4" barrel, though). It's been in wide circulation since 1899 and a more modern version of it is still sold today, as the Model 10. I have an early '60's model that is a really sweet shooter and still a beautiful handgun. There are too many around for it to be really valuable, but it's definitely a classic and a real pleasure to shoot.
I was thinking model 10 also.During my term in A.F. we carried smith n wesson with 4 inch barrel in 38 sp w/ball ammo.At shift we would be given two strps w/6 rounds and 6 loose.