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Hoping to get some info, history, value, etc

Discussion in 'The Ask the Pros & What's It Worth? Forum' started by C Wayne, Nov 24, 2017.

  1. Kweeksdraw

    Kweeksdraw Well-Known Member

    Nov 29, 2016
    Regarding the ammo chamebering, years ago lots of 38S&W Victory revolvers were imported to the US. The importers often ran a reamer into the chambers to lengthen them, and sold them as 38 Special caliber. Not a great procedure. But in those days 38 Special was like 9mm today. Very inexpensive. Often you would see the ads in the back of magazines. Genuine S&W Victory model $39.95 for 38S&W or $49.95 for 38 Special. They were offered in various grades (conditions) I can't remember for sure, but maybe even plated. So, no telling what has been done to it. Those were great days. You could mail them a money order and in a couple of weeks the gun would be in your mail box:) The govt stopped that after Kennedy was killed, so that no more presidents would be killed with a seven dollar rifle.
  2. Ibmikey99$

    Ibmikey99$ Well-Known Member

    Oct 1, 2017
    As indicated your Victory model in it’s altered state (Victory’s were not made chrome or nickel plated) is valued only as a shooter. It obviously started it’s life as a 38 S&W and was altered to Special via the sleeves. Too bad honest Victories are bringing a priemium today.
    While responsible for firearms training etc. at a PD I traded our surplus Victory revolvers to a local gun shop for duty weapons. The pistols were put in the case at a reasonable price but no one wanted ugly guns then, he later put them in a bucket with a sign “WWII special—your choice” and a raised price....they all sold within a week.
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