SCARCE Smith & Wesson .38 “PERFECTED” Revolver
Made Circa 1914, Near Fine Condition
Here we present a Smith & Wesson .38 Double Action “Perfected” Revolver, made circa 1914 in Springfield, Massachusetts. These were the most highly refined of Smith & Wesson’s Double Action line with an exposed hammer. Over half a million were produced of the first 5 variations from 1880-1911, while only 59,400 of the Perfected revolvers were produced from 1909-1920. These shared their predecessors’ top break, auto-ejecting feature. Its two primary differences included the mechanism by which one unlocked the barrel and cylinder assembly to “break open” the revolver for reloading, as well as the integral trigger bow. Regarding the opening mechanism, the former iterations simply required one to flip the “T” shaped latch at the top; however, the Perfected model required the sliding latch on the left side of the frame to be pushed forward to then move the “T” shaped latch.
This one has a large inventory number stamped over the smaller serial number on the butt of the gun. This indicates use by law enforcement or an express company.
The overall condition is near fine. The original nickel is 90% with a bit of flaking and wear on the left side. The case colors on the trigger and hammer are still strong. The markings are clear. The numbers match. The S&W trademarked grips are in great shape. The bore is mostly bright with sharp rifling. The action is excellent, strong and crisp.
This firearm is classified as a Curio & Relic.
Barrel is 4 inches.
Caliber: .38 S&W
Overall condition as seen in photos.
Very Fast. Very Safe. FREE SHIPPING. Will need to be sent to your local FFL or C&R licensee. This firearm is classified as a Curio & Relic.
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