A Nurse with a Gun

Friday, October 12, 2007

S&W Model of 1905 Cylinders

Click to enlargeHeat treatment of the Model of 1905 4th Change .38 Special cylinders began at about serial number 316648. This information from Supica's Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson is important to know, even if it is an educated guess. Serial numbers prior to that figure may not be safe to use with modern .38 special ammunition. This change occurred in September, 1919. The corresponding heat treatment serial number for the .32WCF (32/20) Model of 1905 4th Change was 81287.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

OT: Lead character in novel I'm reading carries a S&W .38 [not .380] semi-automatic. Was there such a pistol? I know they have a .38 Super, but the author writes as if this is a smaller, carry gun.

Thank you. Oldeforce

12:06 AM  
Blogger Xavier said...

Jim Clark converted the 1911 to .38 special for bullseye competition. That's the only one I know of.

5:21 AM  
Blogger dropdownstairs said...

Smith&Wesson 1905 .38 Special Nickle.
sn 285095
I guess this is not good for 38 +p?

8:40 PM  
Blogger dropdownstairs said...

hey can you commenton these two guns?
one hs no serial and the other is
a nice old clark should I buy them...

8:47 PM  
Blogger Xavier said...

I would avoid +P in that one........

10:42 PM  
Blogger Xavier said...

If you want a wadcutter Bullseye gun, the Clark heavy slide is a primo candidate. I would pass on the other one.

10:50 PM  

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