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Hey guys. I was referred to you from Parallax's Curio and Relic boards for help with this revolver.

A buddy of mine's got one that was his grandfather's. Google searches have turned up little. Can anyone help us out?

It's got "1902" on the lower right of the frame (serial number or manufacture date?) and ".38 special" on the barrel.

I do not believe it's one of the 1917 models.

Anything in particular to look for on these? From my reading, .38 Special was introduced in 1902 as a blackpowder cartridge, so we want to make sure this thing is safe to shoot with modern loads, too.

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Any help?

Thanks,

Tom
 

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your gun is not a new service, but has a n/s bbl installed. looks simular to a 1878 d/a but, doesn`t look quite right. there is no way it`s chambered for modern .38 spl
 

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Hi Skywarp989,
Your gun looks to be a home gunsmithed hybrid... The frame is a Colt M-1902 DA Army Model revolver sometimes called an Alaskan or Philippine Model. It was chambered in .45 Colt caliber and had an enlarged triggerguard with a very long trigger. Your frame has had the trigger changed, the trigger guard reformed, and a Colt New Service .38 caliber barrel installed. The cylinders have been sleeved as can be seen in the photos... WHATEVER YOU DO DO NOT SHOOT THIS GUN!!! Take it to a qualified gunsmith for a detailed analysis before trying to shoot it... Bob Best
 

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OK; here goes. The gun was originally a Colt 1878 Double Action,as was stated. It was also one of the rare models made for the U.S. Army,with the larger triggerguards-you can see that it has been made smaller by a "gunsmith"(?). Contrary to popular "myth" the larger guards on those that went to the Army were NOT for gloved hand use in Alaska-but to the Phillipines,for use by their small handed "constabulary" to fit TWO fingers into the guard to fire it with its stiff D.A. trigger pull.

I don't want to tell you what this gun would be worth if it was kept ALL original,in its .45 Colt chambering.

You can see where the cylinder was sleeved with inserts to accept the smaller .38 special round.

New service bbls have the same threads as the 1878 D.A,.(and the SAA). So,a New service bbl. from after 1931 or so,when the .38 Special was introduced in the N.S. line was put on,and a stud put in it to hold the ejector rod housing.

Would not fire it until I checked that everything lined up,and locked,and if then,with very mild .38 Special target loads.

Hope this helps.

Bud
 
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