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You have a .38 S&W caliber 3rd model made 1911 in Fitchburg, MA.

The plastic grip plate shown is an old Franzite or other aftermarket grip, which would hurt value to a collector, and these are not much sought after by shooters as the ammo is semi-obsolete, so value maybe $100 plus or minus.

To satisfy my curiosity, what's written on the folded paper note between the grip and mainspring?
 

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Thanks so much for your reply. The note in the handle was discovered when I removed the grips to look for the SN. It actually brought tears since this gun was handed to me by my late father-in-law who passed away a couple of years ago. The note simply was his name, address and phone number, in his han-writing. I guess he placed it there a number of years ago as identification.

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David
 

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You can still find that ammo. I have the same gun made in 1924. Not worth much and not a good shooter. It has the worst trigger I have ever seen on a revolver.

Mine was my wife's grandfathers service pistol for the city of Chicago. Issued to him in 1924. Yours looks to be in good shape. I have seen them at gun shops not as nice as yours going for $200.
 

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The gun is in excellent condition and shoots without issue. I am able to get ammo for the gun locally, but do not expect to shoot it much. It's basically a nostalgic and conversation piece.

Thanks for your comments
 
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