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1950s Smith & Wesson .38 Special.

Discussion in 'The Ask the Pros & What's It Worth? Forum' started by WillieB, Dec 4, 2017.

  1. WillieB

    WillieB Active Member

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    My local gun shop has an old Smith & Wesson .38 Special for sale. The owner of the shop said it was made sometime in the '50s and he knew the owner. The shop has it listed for $349. The pic below isn't the gun but same model and similar condition. Wondering if this is a fair price.

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  2. Twicepop

    Twicepop Well-Known Member

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    Looks like a Model 10, for $349 I'd probably do it. A new Model 10 is between $600 and $700 retail.
     
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  3. WillieB

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    Yeah.... Looking online, I'm seeing a lot of the older ones are going for almost that! Might have to go back and grab this one.
     
  4. jwdurf

    jwdurf Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    It would be helpful to have more specific info and pictures of the actual gun. You're asking us to place a value on a gun when all we know is the manufacturer, the caliber and the era it was made. And a picture of something similar, maybe.

    I don't mean to be a jerk, but based on your post I can only provide an opinion that's based the info provided.

    Maybe it's worth the asking price. Maybe more. Maybe less.
     
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  5. WillieB

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    Totally understand. And like a fool, I didn't think to look at the model. From what I can gather, it's either an M&P or a Model 10. The gun was in excellent shape. Very little wear on the bluing and from what I could tell without shooting it, mechanically sound. Sorry I don't have more info but I appreciate the honesty!
     
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  6. Old Guns

    Old Guns Well-Known Member

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    IF the gun is in as good as condition shown and NOT reblued no matter which model S&W it is 349 is not a bad price.
     
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    jwdurf Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Understood. I'm a fan of those old Smiths. The Model 10 is the M&P by the way. Started as the Smith and Wesson .38 Hand Ejector Model of 1899. I'm sure you'll like it if you decide to buy.

    http://chuckhawks.com/s-w_model_10.htm
     
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  8. Old Guns

    Old Guns Well-Known Member

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    I have a nice Model 10. When it came into the store I happened to be there and heard the woman say it was only fired once when her husband shot himself with it.
     
  9. WillieB

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    Thanks for all the replies. I really like the gun but it would have to replace my current .38 as a daily carry and range gun if I were to buy it now. Don't know how reliable an almost 60 year old gun would be for those applications.
     
  10. Alpo

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    While a Model 10 IS an M&P, an M&P is not necessarily a Model 10.

    I have four M&Ps. One made in the 30s, one the 40s, one in '55 and one in the 80s. Only the last one is a Model 10, as "model numbers" did not happen until 1957.

    "Made in the 50s" - last two years it would be a Model 10. The first eight years it would simply be an M&P revolver.
     
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    jwdurf Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Good clarification Alpo. Thanks.
     
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  12. Old Guns

    Old Guns Well-Known Member

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    The gun pictured is more reliable then any gun made in the last 50 years. This was made when quality reigned supreme.
     
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  13. Ibmikey99$

    Ibmikey99$ Well-Known Member

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    Fifty years for a well maintained pistol is but a burp in it’s life span. I would have no reservations about using one to defend given I had checked and fired the weapon previously.
    Most of my weapons collection is bordering on fifty years or more and I carry various one’s from time too time.
     
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  14. Alpo

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    The gun I carried for a year or so after I first got my license.

    Devil Gun, pre-war 38 M&P, left-1.jpg

    Same thing you're talking about. S&W M&P 38 Special. This one, however, was made in the 30s.
     
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  15. Ibmikey99$

    Ibmikey99$ Well-Known Member

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    Alpo, Maybe when that Smith grows up it will have a barrelo_O