Smith & Wesson S&W Victory Model .38 Spl 4″ DA/SA Revolver 1942-1945 C&R

SOLD FOR: $1402

LSB#: 210904DJ42

Make: Smith & Wesson

Model: Victory Model

Serial Number: V113696

Year of Manufacture: 1942-1945

Caliber: .38 Special

Action Type: 6-Shot Double / Single Action, Swing-Out Fluted Cylinder Revolver

Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “SMITH & WESSON”, the top is marked “SMITH & WESSON SPRINGFIELD MASS. U.S.A. / PATENTED FEB.6.06. SEPT.14.09. DEC.29.14”, the right is marked “38 S. & W. SPECIAL CTG”. The butt of the grip frame, barrel flat, rear of the cylinder, front of the ejector star (no letter prefix), and rear flat of the yoke (no letter prefix) are marked with matching serial number “V113696”. The butt of the grip frame is also marked with a small flaming bomb. The side plate has S&W’s monogram logo, the right side of the frame is marked “MADE IN U.S.A.”. The topstrap is marked “U.S.M.C. PROPERTY”. There are inspection marks on the crane, its cut, and the sides of the grip frame. The inside of the right grip panel is stamped with a number that does not match the serial number.

Barrel Length: 
4”, Pinned

Sights / Optics: The revolver has a square notch at the end of a groove in the top strap and a half-round blade front sight fixed to the barrel.

Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece smooth walnut. There are a few scattered little compressions. There are some little scuffs and light handling marks. There are a few little dings, most noticeable on the bottom edges and bottom faces. The grips are shy to the backstrap and shy to the frame at the top. There are no chips or cracks. The grips appear refinished. Overall, the grips are in about Fine condition.

Type of Finish: Black Magic

Finish Originality: We suspect that this has been professionally restored, please see “Our Assessment”.

Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.

Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 97% of its metal finish. There are a couple of light scuffs on the trigger guard that have lightly thinned the finish. There are a couple of spots of minor surface oxidation at the cylinder stop bolster. There are a few faint spots of mottled discoloration and a few little spots of faint surface frost on the cylinder. The screwheads are sharp, the grip screw has light wear. The markings are mostly clear and strong, the topstrap marking is slanted and a little light. Overall, this revolver is in about Excellent condition.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The cylinder locks up with some light side-to-side play. The double-action trigger is smooth and the single action is crisp. We did not fire this handgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.

Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None.

Our Assessment: At the beginning of WWII S&W began producing their M&P revolver for military use. They added a “V” for Victory to the serial number; this iteration thus became known as the Victory Model. As we entered the fray, we were producing them for US forces as well as for our allies. Victory model revolvers were standard issue for Naval and Marine aviators as well as guards back in the States at defense installations and factories supporting the war effort. This one has a lot of finish remaining, we suspect that it has been professionally restored. The finish looks very good and the markings have raised edges but the Victory Models were typically marked  U.S. NAVY, UNITED STATES PROPERTY or U.S. PROPERTY G.H.D., we have not seen record of any U.S.M.C. marked revolvers. This one has a U.S.M.C. marking but it is off-center and under the finish, there were some companies that would add markings such as U.S.M.C. or O.S.S. to Victory models and then sell them after doing a restoration. This one will be a nice addition to a WWII collection and this is still a K-frame .38, perhaps the benchmark for a .38 duty or defense revolver and will certainly serve faithfully for lifetimes to come. Please see our photos and good luck!

Smith & Wesson S&W Victory Model .38 Spl 4" DA/SA Revolver 1942-1945 C&R
Smith & Wesson S&W Victory Model .38 Spl 4″ DA/SA Revolver 1942-1945 C&R