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Last night I made an offer on a WWII Smith & Wesson Victory .38 S&W that I really didn't think the dealer would take and today I was surprised to get an email that he had accepted it.



The pics are off the sellers website - Since tomorrow is Thanksgiving and my FFL is closed Sunday and Mondays, I asked them not to ship it until Monday and then I will have to begin my Maryland 7-Day wait.
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Last night I made an offer on a WWII Smith & Wesson Victory .38 SPL that I really didn't think the dealer would take and today I was surprised to get an email that he had accepted it.
Well, if it has its original unmodified cylinder in place, that revolver is chambered for the shorter, weaker .38 S&W, no the longer, more powerful .38 S&W Special.

Many had cylinder chambers reamed for the longer cartridges, but since the .38 S&W is also a bit bigger in diameter, this doesn't work out that well.
 

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Uh, that is NOT a .38 Special, clearly marked '.38 S&W Ctg'.

Most such were British or Dominion contract or Lend Lease, although I think some got hung back for domestic security.
You need a S&W specialist.

It looks so good, I would hate for it to have been reamed for a kluged up Special.
 

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Uh, that is NOT a .38 Special, clearly marked '.38 S&W Ctg'.

Most such were British or Dominion contract or Lend Lease, although I think some got hung back for domestic security.
You need a S&W specialist.

It looks so good, I would hate for it to have been reamed for a kluged up Special.
It is .38 S&W .... my fingers were faster than my brain - I fixed it
 

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Well, if it has its original unmodified cylinder in place, that revolver is chambered for the shorter, weaker .38 S&W, no the longer, more powerful .38 S&W Special.

Many had cylinder chambers reamed for the longer cartridges, but since the .38 S&W is also a bit bigger in diameter, this doesn't work out that well.
It is .38 S&W not SPL. My brain just automatically went to Special
 

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Post your question and pics on www.smith-wessonforum.com where a lot of the hardcore S&W collectors hang out. Like the others said yours is a .38 S&W, not a .38 Special.
 

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The .38 S&W guns with US acceptance stamps or property markings were used at defense plants and other critical concerns. Back when there were lots of early (commercial and surplus) K-frame .38 cylinders and parts kits on the open parts market and online, it was common to swap in a .38 Special cylinder. Some USGI cylinders dropped right in. Others needed minor fitting.
 

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I love the lanyard ring.--------- It's missing on my Victory.
You can still find those.
 

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The .38 S&W guns with US acceptance stamps or property markings were used at defense plants and other critical concerns. Back when there were lots of early (commercial and surplus) K-frame .38 cylinders and parts kits on the open parts market and online, it was common to swap in a .38 Special cylinder. Some USGI cylinders dropped right in. Others needed minor fitting.
I don’t see any foreign/ British proof marks. Chances are it stayed in the states. Mine is property marked the same as this one, but the GHD is on the butt, just fwd if the lanyard swivel and it also has BNP proof.
Good looking piece. Nice example.
 

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I don’t see any foreign/ British proof marks. Chances are it stayed in the states. Mine is property marked the same as this one, but the GHD is on the butt, just fwd if the lanyard swivel and it also has BNP proof.
Good looking piece. Nice example.
Thanks - I got it online this morning. They did not have a picture of the butt with the serial numbers in the listing so I won't know that until it comes in next week. Reputable antique gun dealer I have dealt with before - otherwise I wouldn't have bought it without more pictures.

It was my understanding that most of the ones that went overseas as part of lend/lease were .38 S&W not .38 Spl.
 

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It was my understanding that most of the ones that went overseas as part of lend/lease were .38 S&W not .38 Spl.
Not all guns that went over as Lend~Lease were so marked. Prior to or after it was authorized.:cool:

And yes, the US acceptance-marked revolvers in .38 S&W were also issued state side.
 
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