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Hello everyone,

I am new here to both this discussion board and to the topic of guns in general (bare with me).

I work in law and have currently been tasked with researching a potential wrongful murder conviction.

In a nutshell, the State alleged that our client’s Colt .38 SF1022 Bobbed-Hammer Revolver was the murder weapon. Our client, however, has always maintained that he did once own this weapon, but had sold it privately the year before and unfortunately retained no documentation. The projectile found at the scene was a .38 caliber bullet. And since they were able to find our client’s proof of purchase of the gun from a dealer years prior, but no documentation of him reselling it, the State concluded that it was reasonable to infer that our client still owned the gun at the time of the crime.

My (likely futile) mission is to see if I can track down this gun so it could be tested against the bullet evidence we do have.

I have been told that this weapon is fairly rare, but I would definitely love any and all additional information about it should anyone be willing to share and give me any guidance.

I also have the serial number (SV6879).

As often as I can, I run searches and peruse gun sale ads online looking for a match.

I am curious about if there might be any current owners here in this community who have/had this particular gun and if you’d be willing to check your serial numbers for me!

I know there’s only a one-in-a-million chance of locating our client’s gun but I’m trying everything I can as justice and this man’s future depend on it. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

And just to confirm, should we find THE gun, the current owner would not be in any trouble whatsoever. We would just want to have the gun analyzed by a forensic examiner and compared to the projectiles found at the crime scene so as to confirm or deny that the gun was used.

This possibility of testing would literally mean life or death for our client. Locating and testing this weapon could exonerate him and change his life forever.

Thank you so much for your time and consideration!
L
 

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I suspect you're not going to get very far with this search.
Most gun owners will never hear about it, and I would think that few would be willing to get involved in this, so if they had the Colt you would probably not be contacted.

Good luck, but it's a very unlikely shot in the dark.
 

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I suspect you're not going to get very far with this search.
Most gun owners will never hear about it, and I would think that few would be willing to get involved in this, so if they had the Colt you would probably not be contacted.

Good luck, but it's a very unlikely shot in the dark.
I totally agree that it’s a shot in the dark. I guess I was hoping that the possible gun-owner would care about an innocent man sitting in prison for life. I can guarantee that this gun would not match the projectiles found at the scene.
 

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You might check and see how the barrel for this revolver was made. Many Years ago I read that some Revolver and Pistol barrel were made in a longer length rifled then cut to the length to fit the intended revolver or pistol. In this process it would seem that several different weapons could have the same rifling impressions. Like I said this was many, many years ago that I read this. Whether this is true or not I do not know. Unless the prosecution can prove that your client fired the weapon in question. He cannot prove which weapon the bullet came from. There are literally 10s of million of 38 caliber revolvers.
 
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