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Smith and Wesson. 38 revolver pearl take care of serial number, how old is it??
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September 27, 2012, 11:50 PM#1

Hi i am a beginner once it involves guns. Maybe someone could assist me out with figuring out exactly how old this total is. I understand there"s alot of world on below that recognize alot more than me. I have a Smith and also Wesson. 38 revolver with a Pearl handle. The is old since it to be my great grandfather"s. That looks prefer the barrel on the is around 3" inch long, does that sound right? ~ above the bottom the the handle it has actually what shows up to it is in a serial number that claims C 126523. I do know this is a actual Smith and also Wesson since it says Made in U.S.A. Might someone call me what year this gun was made and how much it"s worth? I setup on keeping this gun and also am curious, any aid would be an extremely appreciated. Say thanks to you.

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September 28, 2012, 12:23 AM#2

It is a military & Police and also was made sometime in between 1948 and 1952.The barrel is more than likely 4" long, you measure from the front face of the cylinder to the muzzle, not the prior of the frame.I won"t assumption: v a dollar value because, first, i haven"t watched the pistol or also a picture, and also second, since you to speak it is not for sale it doesn"t matter.

a couple of clear pictures will make it much easier to acquire information with condition really is an extremely important.
Was the M&P native 1948 to 1952 produced in .38 S&W? If so, the original poster needs to allow us recognize the markings on the barrel to recognize if it is chambered because that .38 S&W or .38 S&W special (.38 special). These room not interchangeable cartridges.
Was the M&P native 1948 come 1952 developed in .38 S&W? If so, the original poster demands to permit us recognize the markings ~ above the barrel to determine if the is chambered because that .38 S&W or .38 S&W unique (.38 special). These are not interchangeable cartridges.

Indeed lock were. The M&P revolver was made in .38 S&W native 1936 till 1965. After 1957, the .38 S&W M&P was well-known as the design 11. The most typically encountered .38 S&W M&P"s were created the dimensionally-identical .380 Revolver Mk. I and Mk.IIz cartridges for usage by British commonwealth countries during WWII.
That does not make it a smith & Wesson. If it says, "Made in the U.S.A. Marcus Registradas smith & Wesson Springfield, Mass.", climate it is a smith & Wesson.
<"Made in U.S.A."> does no make it a blacksmith & Wesson. If the says, "Made in the U.S.A. Marcus Registradas blacksmith & Wesson Springfield, Mass.", then it is a smith & Wesson.
This is incorrect. The "MADE IN U.S.A." note was presented in the at an early stage 1920s. IIRC the four-line "MARCAS REGISTRADAS" note was introduced in 1948 top top the M&P series. I supplied to own an early postwar M&P through a high "S" prefix serial number (S988xxx IIRC); it had actually a single-line "MADE IN U.S.A." marking. The "C" prefix began in 1948, so an early C-series M&P can still have actually the single-line marking.

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This is incorrect. The "MADE IN U.S.A." mark was introduced in the early 1920s. IIRC the four-line "MARCAS REGISTRADAS" note was presented in 1948 ~ above the M&P series. I offered to own very early postwar M&P through a high "S" prefix serial number (S988xxx IIRC); it had actually a single-line "MADE IN U.S.A." marking.
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