Hi; my mother-in-law recently passed away and my husband inherited both a rifle and a handgun that belonged to his father who died in 1972. The handgun needs repair and I am trying to find out as much about it as possible before taking it to our local gunsmith. I know NOTHING about handguns and would like to restore or repair this for my husband. It is marked "Howard Arms Co.", with a serial number in the 9000's, and is small, less than 8 inches from barrel tip to farthest edge of handgrip. I believe I heard my husband mention that it is a .38 caliber, but to me it looks smaller and more lightweight than the images of .38's that I've pulled up on the internet. It holds 5 bullets. I can't find anything about Howard Arms Co. except that it no longer exists. Does anyone know how I could find out more on this pistol?