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    I don't like using the word "rare", however...

    I generally don't have the opportunity to use the word "rare" about a particular gun but this is indeed a rare S&W. The .38 Safety Hammerless 5th Model was made from 1907 to 1940 with a total production of 41,500. According to SCS&W (Supica/Nahas) barrel lengths were 3-1/4",4",5" and 6" with some found with the scarce 2" (bicycle gun) length. A few, reportedly 15 or so, were made with 1.5" barrels some of them manufactured for banks. A couple known examples are in the 25xxxx serial range. While the .38 Safety Hammerless has a front sight forged with the barrel, a characteristic of the short barrel is a pined front sight. Additionally no caliber or address markings. The number on this example 259097 is found on the butt, cylinder, barrel and latch. Of course you never know until you know. The good news is Roy Jinks states that s/n 259097 shipped on May 28th, 1930 with a 1-1/2" barrel at a cost of $24.09.


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    That is a COOL snubby. Heck I'd carry it today
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    Very nice!! Does it letter to a bank??
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    WANTED: Police & Company issued revolvers!!!!

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    A stainless steel model would probably sell well.
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    Rick, That is a real prize!!
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    I have two S&W Bicycle guns one has factory ivory, are they that rare? I use to carry the ivory one allot years ago... nice guns Rick.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MARKO65 View Post
    I have two S&W Bicycle guns one has factory ivory, are they that rare? I use to carry the ivory one allot years ago... nice guns Rick.
    The 2" bicycle guns are scarce, the 1.5" barrels are virtually Unicorns!

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    VERY cool gun!
    For a very brief moment I thought twaits had made an Avenging Angel from a Schofield.
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    Congratulations on a very rare acquisition Sir !!

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    Never seen one of those. Interesting gun - thanks for sharing!
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