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Thought I try my hand at posting a picture of my recent purchase. Made in 1944 it still looks and shoots great.
 

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Now thats what a pre war is supposed to look like! Very nice and glad you use it!

At least in my limited contacts with O.Polices assembled during World War Two(42-45) many seem in nearly mint condition,as they were probably bought by the DSC for issue to defense plants/contractors. Those that have the firms "rollmarks" usually show "carry wear". Some of the non marked ones,my guess,were "perks" to the executives in these facilities. A Heavy Barrel 6" O.P. and a mint non Govt. marked S&W Victory,both came from the estates of wartime defense facility executives. /forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif

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I like it, too. Looks like you have a "flaming bomb" ordnance mark stamped on the frame which means it was military issue - the historical value just went up! Try to get ahold of the Pate book to see if your serial is listed.

Anyway, nice find; and if push comes to shove, you are well defended.

B.W.
 

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Thanks guys,
It does have the ordnance mark on the frame. It also has USA stamped on the butt of the gun.
Bushwhacker, Where can I find the Pate book? What is the Pate book?
Thanks
 

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"U.S. Handguns of World War II; The Secondary Pistols and Revolvers" by Charles W. Pate, Andrew Mobray Publishers, P.O. Box 460, Lincoln, RI 02865. Toll Free 1-800-999-4697 for free catalog.

When I bought mine, it list for $39.00, don't know what it is now. A great reference for WW2 OP's, Commandos, DS's, Model N and M's, Service Ace's, Woodsmen and .38 Supers as used by your government.
 

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I bought my copy of Pate from Amazon for $35 including shipping a while back. Outstanding book on US secondary WWII sidearms.
JT
 
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