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Old 12-29-2016, 07:27 PM   #1
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Smith&wesson terrier

I was very fortunate to stumble onto this several years ago. These aren't rare but they don't show up very often in this good of shape and I got it at a very good price. This is a S&W 38/32 which is known as the Terrier..early Mod.1953..4 screw with the early hammer. The serial number puts it at November 1955. It is chambered in .38 s&w not 38 special. I've shot a cylinder of ammo but that's all as the ammo is costly and I don't reload for that caliber. My C&R sure comes in handy..carry a copy in my wallet as you never know when it will come in handy. I thought I would post this as you don't see them very often.
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Old 12-30-2016, 05:26 AM   #2
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She looks like new. That was a good find. It looks like a Model 36.
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Old 12-30-2016, 06:33 AM   #3
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Beautiful old Smith. To say they don't make them like that, anymore, is an understatement.
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Very nice! Thank you.

Ridgerunner, the Mod 36 was made by lengthening that enough to accommodate the longer .38 Special. I think that was in 1951.
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Old 12-31-2016, 03:51 AM   #5
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I see what you mean Mac.
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Old 12-31-2016, 06:14 AM   #6
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I have wondered why S&W went with the Colt sized case and bullet when they introduced the .38 Special rather than lengthen their own .38 cartridge. I suspect it was because the army had adopted the .38 Long Colt and this was meant to be an improvement in the M&P (Mod 10) to address the lack of power. The .38 S&W was a popular police cartridge but I don't think it was used by any big military at the time. The British adopted it as their .380-200 with it's 200 grain "manstopper" load but I think that was later, after WW1.

They could just as well have lengthened their own cartridge but maybe it is best they did not, as .361 Magnum just does not roll off the tongue as well as .357 Magnum.
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