Make: Smith & Wesson
Model: .38 Military & Police (Pre-Model 10)
Serial Number: C 142163
Year of Manufacture: 1948 - 1951
Caliber: .38 Special
Action Type: Single Action and Double Action Swing Out Cylinder Revolver
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “SMITH & WESSON”. The yoke cut is marked with what looks like an “0” and a very clear “N / 55015“ while the yoke is marked “55015”. The cylinder face is marked “C 142163” and the yoke face is marked “142163”. The bottom of the grip frame is marked “C 142163”. There is a large S&W logo on the right sideplate and the right side of the frame is marked with the four line “Marcas Registradas” address. The barrel flat is marked “C 142163” and the right side of the barrel “38 S. & W. SPECIAL CTG.”.
Barrel Length: 4”
Sights / Optics: The revolver is mounted with a fixed round blade front sight. There is a square notch rear sight milled into the top strap.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are checkered walnut Magna style with silver colored S&W medallions and a diamond surrounding the grip screw. There are some small chips missing from the bottom rear of the right grip panel. (Please see photos.) The checkering remains good and there are no cracks in either panel. There is a black Mershon “Suregrip” adapter provided. The grips rate in about Good overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: All Original
Bore Condition: The bore is almost bright and the rifling is shallow. There is no erosion. There is one small nick in the muzzle crown.
Overall Condition: This revolver retains about 80% of its metal finish. There is finish wear at the end of the barrel, the outside edges of the trigger guard and lower forward edge of the frame. There is a nick on the left side of the frame at near the rear sight, and the left side of the front sight blade. There are drag marks on the cylinder and some very small nicks at one of the bolt cuts. The hammer and trigger are case colored. The screw heads show evidence of being turned but remain very serviceable. The markings are clear except as noted. Overall, this revolver rates in about Very Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly both single action and double action. The finely checkered hammer and the serrated trigger both measure .265”. This is a 5 screw model with a square butt frame. We have not fired this revolver.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None
Our Assessment: This S&W .38 Military & Police revolver is the successor to the Victory models made during WWII. When S&W changed to model numbers in 1957, this model became the Model 10. This is a classic fixed sight, 4” barrel .38 special S&W revolver, as carried by law enforcement for most of the 20th century. This revolver can protect your home as well as it protected the police. It is reliable, chambered for a cartridge that is easily available, and can be fired by almost anyone with reasonable hand strength, if not in double action, then in single action. If you’re looking for a basic revolver, this is it.
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This revolver can be transferred in California and is C&R eligible. This gun cannot be sold as a private party transfer.
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