My apologies if I should be offending your level of expertise and this is obvious to you , but over at the S&W forum we're always dealing with folks to whom it is not, so I'll add it anyways: 99% of the BSR's that were converted to .38 Special were not marked in any way and still say .38 S&W. You're likely experienced enough to be able to tell by judging the position of the shoulder inside the chambers, but otherwise the only way to be positive is to try to stick a live .38 Special round into a chamber. It should end up like picture 2 if it has not been converted.It's 38 S&W
Yep. And I realized it was pointless to suggest looking for a London view mark, as those didn't start until 1972, and Hootch's gun, in the absence of an importer mark, definitely came back before 1968.What is the view mark from? Appears to be a Birmingham view mark from 1958...
Collecting would be overstating it, but I have had an interest in WW II revolvers, US and British, for a while, and have accumulated a number of type specimen of the different variants, as well as a bit of knowledge (mostly where to look stuff up )........
The original grips on the gun were replaced by some k frame target stocks. I found a set of originals on ebay today and will post a pic when they come in. The gun is in nice shape with number matching cylinder and barrel. No rust or pits, just a solid old gun. Do you collect these guns? I don't see any marks with a date. It has marks on cylinder frame and barrel. The lanyard swivel is missing also.