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1942 S&W Victory in .38/200

1942 dated Smith & Wesson Military & Police (pre Model 10) Victory revolver in .38/200 (.38 S&W), the standard British and Canadian service revolver caliber of WWII and beyond.

 

The frame is stamped "United States Property" and bears American as well as German proof marks.

The serial number starts with V1, which dates the revolver to 1942.

 

The revolver has been re-parkerized as some point, unfortunally also the hammer and trigger.

 

The stampings, proof marks and caliber suggests that this is a lend-lease revolver, used by the British (or possible Canadian) forces during WWII and re-issued to the German police post-war. Revolvers in .38/200 were chosen, by the allies, for the German post-war police, due to the fact that the caliber was not in local production, making it possible for the allies to control the amount of ammunition available to the German authorities.

 

The Canadian produced 1943 and -44 dated boxes of .38/200 ammunition are still sealed. They are from a lot of ammunition dropped for the Danish resistance during the latter part of the war.

 

The holster and webbing in the photo are repro, I do have several sets of original British P-37 webbing and holsters (including RAC holsters), but I try to avoid adding any modern oil stains to them.

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Uploaded on May 19, 2019