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Posted: 5/1/2011 6:45:15 AM EDT
I was recently given a revolver in rough shape. Trying to decide if it's worth fixing for
a truck / tackle box gun.

It looks to be a 2" barrel fixed sights
Double action,hand ejector,swing out
No caliber marks, but a .357 lacks about a 1/4" from
bottoming in the cylinder(I am assuming a .38 caliber variant)
Inside the cylinder opening it is stamped   " W
The ser.#  V6993X (the x at the end also behind a number)
It has the smith logo  and "MADE IN U.S.A" on one side
It has 4 screws on one side of the frame,same side as logo above

Any help much appreciated.
Link Posted: 5/1/2011 9:56:17 AM EDT
According to the Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson, Second Edition, revolvers with serial numbers from V1 to V81119 would be .38/200 and/or .38 Special Victory Models, with manufacturing dates between 1942 - 1945.

Link Posted: 5/1/2011 10:10:47 AM EDT
hmmm, could be a 38 s&w, a special wont fit if it is
Link Posted: 5/1/2011 1:15:50 PM EDT
Sooo, if a 38 special fits , it is okay.As far as it not being
another caliber.

What is the difference between 38 special and 38/200?

Is it worth anything in rough..i.e. ruined finish with pits...condition?
Link Posted: 5/1/2011 1:29:43 PM EDT
.38/200 is an old British revolver round, over here it's known as .38 S&W.
The case and bullet are a couple thousandths larger than the .38 Special family, and somewhat shorter. .38 S&W shouldn't enter a .38 Spl. chamber due to the diameter, and .38 Spl. is too long to chamber in an unaltered .38 S&W chamber, though many Victory models were so altered by running a .38 Spl. reamer into the .38 S&W chambers

ETA: It's certainly worth cleaning up and using as a truck gun or tackle box gun. It'll have the old long action, IMO a plus for double action shooting.
Link Posted: 5/1/2011 2:30:21 PM EDT
I just tried a 38 special, it fit snugly into the dirty cylinder,
seats to within about a 1/4" from the end of the cylinder.
Link Posted: 5/1/2011 3:34:14 PM EDT
Pictures would help quite a bit. Five shot or six shot?
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