S&W top break

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  1. reinhard

    reinhard Member

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    Hi , I need some help here,Can anyone tell me when this gun was made ,smith& wesson top break in cal.38s&w
    serial is 147486 thanks
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  2. Jim K

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    .38 Safety Fourth Model. Some 104,000 were made from 1898-1907, serial range 116003 to about 220000. The Safety models were also called the "New Departure" (by S&W) and "lemon squeezers" (by about everybody else).

    With so many of that model made, value is generally low, but I would put that jewel at easily $600, maybe $800+ due to the long barrel and the grips, which I have little doubt are genuine mother-of-pearl.

    Jim
  3. reinhard

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    Jim thanks very much, I payed 600$ for it , this kind of gun in this condition will sell for more here,the grips are real MOP
    thanks again,appreciated
    the other side of the gun
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    Real mother of pearl is transcendent, I have one set on a .45 that appears as if you could dip your finger in the surface. MOP is a thing of beauty, but fragile and getting more and more expensive every day.
  6. reinhard

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    real MOP is also heavyer ,and it doesn't smell like burned nylon ,
    John thanks bro ,spent some time last week watching your video's
    excellent shooting , my friend
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    reinhard. thank you. if only i could shoot as good on camera as i do when by myself id be wowing folks. kinda odd how that works... soon as someone's watching you start messing up.
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    That's better than I do; I don't need anyone watching to mess up.

    Jim
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    the other day i hit several 1/2 litre bottles at 50 yards with my single six, one handed. wish i could do that consistently
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    the same here Jim, I am not realy an artist when it comes to shooting
    seeing John in action with the snuby ,hitting the target would take me a few years I think
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    that top break is a thing of beauty
  12. reinhard

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    thank you sir , take a look at my small collection off vintage top breaks
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    wow. wish i had those.

    im guessing you dont shoot them. i would though
  14. reinhard

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    John , you can buy these guns free ,but only to collect ,if you want to use them than you need a gun permit,
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    reinhard, where might you be at?
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