View Full Version : What to do with my "Junk Gun"

01-13-2010, 9:44 PM
So I bought a S&W nickle plated revolver online, thinking it was a .38 Special. Turns out it was a "converted 38 special" from an old pre-war M&P .38S&W (not the same as a .38 special).

This thing has no collector value because it has been re-plated in nickle and reamed out to accomodate the .38 Special. Would it be worth it to salvage the frame and swap out the barrel and cylinder with the modern model 10 parts? Or just sell it and try to get some of my money back?

FWIW, I paid $200 for the gun, to get it fixed would cost at least another $200....

01-13-2010, 9:46 PM
Sell is my vote. Any Smith will bring $200.00 I'd guess.

Shotgun Dave
01-13-2010, 9:51 PM
Sell it.

01-13-2010, 9:53 PM
There's no such thing as a junk gun at the least it's good conversation piece why not make it a wall hanger

El Gato
01-13-2010, 10:01 PM
tried shooting it yet?
.38 sw can be easy to load and suprisingly can be accurate... and some of those guns actually shot spl ammo OK... not great mind you but OK...and you cant use modern replacement parts if I am not mistaken.. you have to use parts for that series of gun.. check with a smith and see if the cyl. and barrel from a more modern gun would work.. I don't think the barrel needs to be changed anyway.. just the cyl... and you could probably buy one from numrich or someplace and have a smith time/headspace/endshake it...

01-13-2010, 10:09 PM
Give it to me :D.

01-13-2010, 11:23 PM
Trade it for ammo or the next gun.

01-14-2010, 12:47 PM
guns for gift cards! :)

01-14-2010, 1:35 PM
Your title "What to do with my Junk Gun" can very much be misinterpreted by sick minded individuals such as myself.

01-14-2010, 1:45 PM
I am refitting an old S&W that was a 32-20 (as I remember) and was badly cared for. The barrel and cylinder were shot, really badly rusted. I bought a 38 Special parts kit from a gun that had been cut up by law Enforcement. It had adjustable sights ETC. We are having it put together and refinished to a nice shooter. It is not cheep.......probably 350.00 in work and parts but it will be a great gun for training on the range with wadcutters. I have owned and shot 38S&W, it is not a bad caliber, a little anemic. Buy a bag of brass from Midway and reload.

B Strong
01-14-2010, 4:37 PM
Keep it, and get a supply of .38 S. & W. brass, roll your own.

I'll bet it will work just fine.

01-14-2010, 5:44 PM
Shoot It! Then sell it.

Lucky Scott
01-14-2010, 6:24 PM
If I am correct, the gun has been bored out to accept the 38 special round. Originally, these guns were made for the english 38 S & W round which is a smaller round than the 38 special. It is fun to shoot, kinda like a big .22, not as much punch as a 38 special. They were used in the war a lot.

After the war some were bored out to accept the american 38 special round but some people feel this weakens the gun.

Heck, still has some great history and you got very little money in it. Just keep it.
Not a junk gun at all.

01-14-2010, 7:04 PM
Thanks for your input gents, however I do not want to relaod the .38S&W, so .38 Special is the only way to go for me. I searched and found this parts kit:


Hopefully everything will fit and I can re-nickle it, I think it would make a nice little snub nose.