S&W model 37 .38

Discussion in 'The Ask the Pros & What's It Worth? Forum' started by skydog, Dec 18, 2007.

  1. skydog

    skydog New Member

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    My wife has a five shot S&W mod 37 with the original box and paperwork.
    We also have a Victory model .38 from WW II. It was carried by a British army officer during the invasion of Anzio. Can you tell us the value and can ammo still be found for the Victory as .38 specials are too large.

    Thank you.
  2. The Victory revolver was chambered for the .38-200 cartridge, also known as the .380 Revolver Mk IIz. Ammo for these revolvers is now pretty much in the collector's category, Sky.
  3. 358 winchester

    358 winchester *TFF Admin Staff*

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    I am not the sharpest knife in the draw but isn't the Victory model chambered for or will safely shoot the standard 38 S&W cartridge not Special but 38S&W wich is an outside heeled bullet ? Remington still produces that round.

    38 S&W R38SW 146 grain LEAD RN where the Brits used a 200 grain lead RN
    asking not telling;)
  4. Xracer

    Xracer *TFF Admin Staff Mediator*

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    Minn-eeee-sota, ya, sure, you bet!
    OK skydog....here's what the Blue Book says:

    Model 37 Chiefs Special Airweight:

    98% - $350
    95% - $250
    90% - $210
    80% - $190

    Victory Model (Lend-Lease mfg. Caliber .38 S&W)

    98% - $600
    95% - $500
    90% - $450
    80% - $400
    70% - $350
    60% - $325

    Both PS and 358 winchester are correct. The proprietary British cartridge for the British Victory revolvers was the .38/200....but this was just the standard .38 Smith & Wesson cartridge with a heavier bullet.

    Your "Victory" takes the .38 S&W cartridge (NOT .38 Special), which you should be able to find at any gunshop.
  5. skydog

    skydog New Member

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    Thank you all for the information. I want to shoot this weapon as I know it has not been fired since WW II. Of course I will have it checked out first.
    Skydog:)
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