SOLD FOR: $1101
Make: Smith & Wesson
Model: The .38 Military & Police, Pre-Model 10
Serial Number: C144219
Year of Manufacture: 1948-1951
Caliber: .38 Special
Action Type: 6-Shot, Double / Single Action, Swing-Out Fluted Cylinder Hand Ejector Revolver.
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “SMITH & WESSON”, the right side is marked “38 S.&W. SPECIAL CTG.”. The sideplate has the S&W monogram logo, the right side of the frame is marked with the four-line marcas registradas address. The butt, barrel flat, rear face of the cylinder, front of the ejector (no letter prefix), and rear of the yoke (no letter prefix) are marked with the serial number. The sides of the grip frame, yoke, and yoke cut are marked with inspection marks. The interior of the right grip panel is stamped “144 / 219”.
Barrel Length: 6”, Pinned
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a half-round blade, it is integral to a base that is forged with the barrel. The rear sight is a square notch, sitting before a “U” channel on the top strap of the frame.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece checkered walnut magna stocks with smooth diamonds around the escutcheons and S&W medallions. There is a tiny hairline crack on the back of the right panel at the corner where the backstrap widens into the frame. There are some infrequently scattered light compressions and little marks through the finish. There is a light scratch on the bottom face of the right panel. The checkering is mostly sharp. Overall, the grips are in about Fine condition.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright with sharp rifling. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 95% of its metal finish. The most noticeable wear is some dings on the back edge of the frame. There are a few little nicks and dings, most noticeable on the bottom of the barrel at the front. There are some scattered light handling marks. Some of the edges have light thinning, most noticeable at the muzzle. There is a faint turn line on the cylinder. The screw heads are mostly sharp, the grip screw is lightly worn. The markings are clear. Overall, this revolver is in about Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The cylinder produces light side to side in full lockup of all 6 chambers. 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 Smith & Wesson Model 10 is a revolver of worldwide popularity. In production for decades, some 6,000,000 of the type have been produced over the years, making it the most popular centerfire revolver of the 20th century. This 6″ pre-model 10 is in about Fine condition with about 95% of its metal finish, a bright bore, and strong mechanics. This is a post-war .38 Military & Police Pre-Model 10 revolver with the improved hammer block and a “C” prefix serial number. It has a pinned 6” barrel, magna stocks, and blued finish. It has a lot of its original finish remaining, nice matching magna stocks, and has a great bore. If the collectors don’t pay enough attention, 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!