This is my latest gun show purchase. It is 1956 (I think) manufacture date S&W K-38, Ser.# K2732xx. The grips are wrong and the box was wrong but I just can't tell if the magnificent condition this old revolver is in is original or not. I look and think, oh that looks like maybe it was buffed there but then I look at it and say no way that was buffed. The seller was thinking it was original finish but I was doubtful. He asked "are you going to shoot it?" and I said sure I'm going to shoot it. Well I have shot it three different days. The first day with some 158gr. SWC reloads I was pleased with the results. Monday I was back at the range and couldn't hit well with any thing I had along, just me and a bad day. Yesterday I took the new to me K-38 back with some wad cutters I loaded ten years ago and a couple different 158 SWC and was going to do some 50' shooting from the bench resting my forearms and see just what is up with this new pistol. Well I forgot the camera so you are just going to have to trust me on this but the first shot with the wad cutter took out the "X" and the next four went right on top of the first but the sixth was half inch to the right. I was shocked and pleased at the same time. This thing is a shooter. I still don't know what I have, like new or reblued, but I was shopping for a shooter and I got one. Going to have to buy some 148gr. wad cutters and do some loading. Also going to keep my eye out for some "diamond" target grips that should be on it and make it look right. Oh yea, I gave $500 for it right or wrong.