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Apparently the shorter barrel lengths( 4", 4 1/2" and 5") are rare in this model and worth a 100% premium (at least according to the Blue Book of Gun Values). They were supposed to be a cataloged item. Proofhouse says this .38 revolver with serial #5362xx is a 1926 second issue. The 1927 third issue started with serial 540,000 and was called the Officers Model Target. I've read that there are no real differences between the two issues except for the name. My revolver must have been made late in 1926 because the barrel has a final patent date of Oct. 5, 1926. I can't find any pencil marking of the serial inside the stocks.
Does anyone have an idea how rare the shorter barrel lengths are for the Officers Model?
I've also read they were used for special police matches set up only for shorter barreled revolvers.
Last edited by redwagon32; 05-24-2019 at 10:16 PM.
Can't help you with the rarity information but I like your gun! I love to see the old ones. Thanks for showing.
The 4" & 5" Officers Model Target was sold in the 2nd & 3rd model but was not a catalog item. The 4 1/2" was a catalog item in the early production on this model. All three are fairly scarce but the 4" & 5" are encountered less than the 4 1/2". Your gun is a 3rd model in the seldom encountered 5" barrel length.
The Officers Model target was offered in .22 caliber, .32 N.P. standard weight barrel in 6" & 7 1/2" (extremely rare) along with the .32 N.P. heavyweight barrel (1935-1941) & .38 Special.
Here are are the barrel lengths: 4", 4 1/2", 5", 6" & 7 1/2" in .38 Special.
Last edited by thecoltguy; 05-25-2019 at 05:51 PM.