LAPD Smith & Wesson S&W Model 68-2 CHP 102891 .38 Spl 6″ Revolver, 1984

SOLD FOR: $2811.22

LSB#:  230118LL002

Make: Smith & Wesson

Model: Los Angeles Police Department 68-2, “The .38 Special California Highway Patrol”, No. 102891

Serial Number: AEU4168

Year of Manufacture: 1984

Caliber: .38 Special

Action Type: Double Action / Single 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 yoke 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 panel is marked “JUN 21 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 checkered goncalo alves target stocks with a speedloader cut and S&W medallions. There are some scattered light handling marks. There are a couple of little nicks through the finish. There is thinning throughout and the finish has a slightly matte appearance. There are no chips or cracks. The checkering is sharp. Overall, the grips are in about Fine 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 but there are a few light marks. In my opinion, this bore is a 10 out of 10.

Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 96% of its metal finish. There are some scattered swirl marks and draglines. There are a few hairline scratches, the most notable is under the left grip panel. There are some scattered light handling marks. There is a turn line on the cylinder. The screw heads are sharp to lightly worn. The markings are clear. Overall, this handgun rates in about Excellent condition.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The double-action trigger is smooth. 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: Included is a serial matching box, paperwork including the manual, and a cleaning kit with screwdriver.

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”. The revolver is in Excellent condition with about 96% of its finish, a bright bore with sharp rifling, and a tight lockup on the cylinder. It has a great bore and has minimal wear, it would make a great shooter, but it may also get the Smith & Wesson collectors interested. Please see our photos and good luck!

Some are hot, some are not, but thankfully most can be shot!

LAPD Smith & Wesson S&W Model 68-2 CHP 102891 .38 Spl 6" Revolver, 1984
LAPD Smith & Wesson S&W Model 68-2 CHP 102891 .38 Spl 6″ Revolver, 1984