Originally Posted by DanC_1968
It's too bad my blue book doesn't say something like "regulation police models with round butt are very rare and will command a 500% premium over square butt models"
The Standard Catalog of S&W does
value the 2" barrel RP's at double or triple the price of the 4" model, and a target model was also made that commands a substantial premium.
Value of the Pre-war 4" RP is listed at:
NIB - $500
Exc - $300
VG - $225
Good - $160
I've seen some strange things come from S&W. A bunch of us "regulars" used to hang out at a large gunshop in CT.....y'know coffee table in the back and we each had our own coffee mugs......sit around and shoot the bull and read the new magazines and put 'em back on the rack
He was a big S&W dealer, so big that he ordered directly from the factory, not a wholesaler.
Used to see round butt Chief's Specials (Models 36 & 37) come thru with square butt handles all the time.
Even saw a couple of Bodyguards (Models 38 & 49), made only in round butt, come thru with square butt handles.
Anyway, that's the best I can come up with on short notice. Your gun matches the "Pre-war Regulation Police" listed on pages 108 & 109 of the Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson, Second Edition, (printed in 2001)exactly, except for the round butt.
Hey....just shoot it and enjoy it!!!