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I am a .357 accumulator (of course, it uses .38 Special as well). I have kept these two .38 Special revolvers as they are the first two I bought as a teenager. They went to college with me as well as moving a dozen times in my 20's. I had to mow a lot of yards to pay for them. I have the receipt on one and lost both boxes.

Colt Detective Special 2" (shipped 1974):
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Smith & Wesson Model 10-5 4" (shipped 6-19-1973):
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Anyone else with your first?
 

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..My first was a S&W Model 15..
I had several S&W Model 15 revolvers (aka, K-38 Combat Masterpiece) in the past. It was like the Model 10 (K-frame, walnut stocks) but with great adjustable sights. I remember the blue finish was better as well. You shoulda kept it. ;)
 

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Yea, but those guns are all over the internet with lower prices. My two old guns that I have had for ~50 years are worth a lot more to me than anyone else.

I also have a Winchester Model 74 23" that has been in the family since new. It was made in 1942 (a rare pre-WW2 rifle). Dad says his brother got it from him, and his brother says it was always his rifle. I own it today, and it works better than well. ;)

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The guns in the old days before I was born are just made well.
 

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My eyes are also not as good. I still wouldn't modify those older revolvers I have two 1973 S&W Model 19-3 P&R (pinned and recessed) that already have the new visual sights.They get good bids.

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It's still a P&R S&W Model K-frame that includes a numbered-to-gun 6" Bowie knife.

The early guns have a darker finish on the stocks.
 

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Yes, the K-frame Model 19 is a Combat Magnum. It hits hard with a .357 Magnum or a .38 Special.

I am not sure about you, but I've kept good records on prices paid from the last ~25 Years. It's a hobby only. I may trade up for a more better revolver but that's it.

I sure remember my mistakes. I got all upside down on a Model 19 from 1960. I lost $450 on one revolver. I was in the fog of bad decisions. My bad.
 

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Me too Vintage! Been there myself. Lookin for that perfect one handgun like an azzhole. LOL Made a couple mistakes with the 19 and 39 S&Ws. Ended up finally with a CS-9 from 1999 and it is staying here. Did a much better job with long guns at least. Held onto the good ole walnut and glossy blue Remingtons.
 

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I am a .357 accumulator (of course, it uses .38 Special as well). I have kept these two .38 Special revolvers as they are the first two I bought as a teenager. They went to college with me as well as moving a dozen times in my 20's. I had to mow a lot of yards to pay for them. I have the receipt on one and lost both boxes.

Colt Detective Special 2" (shipped 1974):
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Smith & Wesson Model 10-5 4" (shipped 6-19-1973):
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Anyone else with your first?
I have one exactly like the bottom one, except it has rubberized grips, and is a vintage, (1937, I believe) ex-policemans service revolver. :)
 
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...I have one exactly like the bottom one, except it has rubberized grips, and is a vintage, (1937, I believe) ex-policemans service revolver. :)
I don't remember an older Smith and Wesson with rubber stocks. Many people would swap the factory walnut stocks for rubber stocks and leave the walnut at the store. I would go into old gun stores and buy the wood ones. You can't find them these days without paying a healthy price.

The 1915-1942 revolvers were called .38 Military & Police Model of 1905, 4th Change. It was a double-action built on the K-frame with 5 outside screws (one behind the stocks) with a 6-shot fluted cylinder. The factory reports that 758,296 were made. Barrel lengths were 2", 4", 5", and 6".

After WW2 they were called the .38 Military & Police (or a pre-10). In 1957 Smith and Wesson went to Model numbers so it was a Model 10.
 

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I do have my first handgun, from the 80's, a 1985 Colt. I've changed a couple bits and bobs but still mostly the same as when I got it.

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Very nice. I still have a Colt 1991A1, a Gold Cup Trophy, a GCNM, a Colt Tier III, and a Series 70 (reproduction) that I bought new. My GCT is my daily carry.

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Here's the Series 70 (stock) which is hard to find as the gun is easy to modify. It's a 2011 "100 Year".
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We do like the same stuff.
 

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Very nice VR! Well I do have a couple Colts... :p

Check this one out, the 1917 (I think) re-issue, but check out the mistake the factory made. They put Gold Cup medallion grips on it. I always thought the mistake was kind of cool... I have the correct grips for it but I never changed them out. They are beautiful pistols, do you think they had this level of bluing in those years?

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