SOLD FOR: $3726
Make: Smith & Wesson
Model: 68-2, .38 Special California Highway Patrol, No. 102891
Serial Number: AES7536
Year of Manufacture: 1984
Caliber: .38 Special
Action Type: Single and Double Action Revolver with Swing-Out Cylinder
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “SMITH & WESSON / .38 S.&W. SPECIAL CTG.”, the right is marked “LOS ANGELES POLICE DEPARTMENT”. The left side of the frame is marked with the S&W logo, the right is marked with the four-line marcas registradas address. The rear face of the cylinder is marked “V” and the inside of the ejector rod shroud is marked “S”. The crane cut is marked with the serial number and “MOD. 66-2” with “8” stamped over the second “6” (Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson 4th Edition notes on page 272 under Variations: “Prototype Model 66-2 with overstamp serial number AES0001 with ‘Los Angeles Police Department’ on the right side of the barrel with maple stocks in 6? barrel configuration in .38 Special.”). The yoke and sides of the grip frame are marked with inspection marks. The interior of the right grip panel is marked “OCT 5 1984”.
Barrel Length: 6”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a serrated ramped blade with a red insert, set on an elevated serrated rib. The rear sight is an S&W Micrometer Click square notch adjustable for windage & elevation.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece checkered wood grips with S&W medallions at the top of each panel. The grips have no notable wear or damage, only light handling marks. The checkering is sharp. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in about Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: Stainless Steel
Finish Originality: Original
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 some scattered draglines and light handling marks. There are a few scratches on the cylinder, there are a couple that are lighter on the front of the yoke. There are some light handling marks. There is a turn line on the cylinder. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this handgun rates in about Fine Plus condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The double action trigger is smooth, the single action is crisp. The cylinder lockup has hardly any play. We did not fire this handgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None.
Our Assessment: The .38 Special California Highway Patrol (CHP) Model 68 is a traditional double action revolver built on the Square Butt K Target Frame and is rated for +P ammunition. These were manufactured for the CHP and later for the Los Angeles Police Department in 1983 when the California Highway Patrol was not permitted to carry .357 Magnum sidearms. This revolver is marked “LOS ANGELES POLICE DEPARTMENT” on the right side of the barrel. Interestingly, the frame is also over-stamped on the model marking changing from “66-2” to “68-2”, with the serial prefix matching another such marked revolver according to the Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson. The revolver is in Fine Plus condition with about 97% of its finish, a bright bore with sharp rifling, and a tight lockup on the cylinder. This would make a great shooter, but the high condition and intriguing markings may also get the dedicated Smith & Wesson collectors interested. Please see our photos and good luck!