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Cessnapilot89
02-14-2012, 8:54 PM
My first revolver came home today. Smith and Wesson Victory model in .38 Special. Can't wait to try it! Now I need to go send off the papers to Smith and Wesson for the history check.

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McNally M.
02-14-2012, 9:37 PM
Very neat revolver! Its got detective written all over!

rojocorsa
02-15-2012, 9:34 AM
Very neat revolver! Its got detective written all over!


More like WWII US pilot... ;)

littlejake
02-15-2012, 12:15 PM
My first revolver came home today. Smith and Wesson Victory model in .38 Special. Can't wait to try it! Now I need to go send off the papers to Smith and Wesson for the history check.


Very Nice.

You should go over to the S&W collector's forum:
http://smith-wessonforum.com/forum.php

Their Historian is Roy Jinks who has written several books on S&W history. He does the research and writes the letters as to when made and to whom it was originally delivered.

That certainly looks like a war era finish. My best guess is that it's a "Victory Model" made between 1942 - 1945. Does the serial number start with a V?

TheExpertish
02-15-2012, 1:24 PM
Good looking gun. Kinda like the little brother to my Colt .45. Any royal crown proofs like mine?

Cessnapilot89
02-15-2012, 1:29 PM
Very Nice.

You should go over to the S&W collector's forum:
http://smith-wessonforum.com/forum.php

Their Historian is Roy Jinks who has written several books on S&W history. He does the research and writes the letters as to when made and to whom it was originally delivered.

That certainly looks like a war era finish. My best guess is that it's a "Victory Model" made between 1942 - 1945. Does the serial number start with a V?


Serial number does start with a V. Not to much as far as proof marks go unfortunately on this one.

wingnut948
02-15-2012, 7:46 PM
Nice revolver. I know it's not original, but if you're looking for a decent shoulder holster I came across this company:

http://www.pacificcanvasandleather.com/holsters/pcl_12_usmc_sh.htm

Love those old .38s with the wooden grips! I've got an older Enfield No. 2 but that shoots .38 S&W. Have fun with it!

-bill

Cessnapilot89
02-15-2012, 10:05 PM
That is a nice holster! Any recommendations as to ammo?

PEZHEAD265
02-16-2012, 6:23 AM
That is a nice holster! Any recommendations as to ammo?

Is it a 38 S&W or a 38 Special [2 different dia. bullets]??If it is a 38sp I would use anything that is non +p [110 to 125 jhp].Being it is all steal a few +p's wouldn't hurt it but I wouldn't take the chance.

bruceflinch
02-16-2012, 7:11 AM
Nice Score!

gun toting monkeyboy
02-16-2012, 7:20 AM
I would stick with the regular velocity .38 Specials. A few +P here and there probably won't effect it, but why bother? The regular stuff is cheaper to shoot. You will have to see where it prints with different ammo types though. It may put certain bullet weights high or low depending on what it was meant to use. Heavier bullets will probably shoot closer to your point of aim though.

-Mb

Cessnapilot89
02-16-2012, 8:19 AM
Its a .38 special. Will be sure to stay away from the +p ammo.

rojocorsa
02-16-2012, 9:17 AM
The military load for this included [what I guess is the standard] 158gr load, FMJ.

Cessnapilot89
02-16-2012, 6:36 PM
Grabbed a couple boxes of ammo and hope to try it out tomorrow morning

rojocorsa
02-16-2012, 11:32 PM
I got to play with this badboy today...

It has an awesome trigger, even in DA!

The fact that this is an American pilot's handgun makes it so bad ***. Gotta love classic American revolvers. Now CP89 needs a 1917.

Cessnapilot89
02-17-2012, 10:21 PM
I will admit it does have a nice trigger.