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Philip Van Cleave
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I have a S&W 38 Special w/specialCTG that was given to me by

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I have a S&W 38 Special w/specialCTG that was given to me by a now deceased Marine Major who once serves in China. The serial number on the bottom of the grip is 553499. Any help on the date of manufacture?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Blue Book of Guns, Firearms Appraisals
Expert:  Philip Van Cleave replied 1 year ago.

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I just need to figure out exactly which model you have and then I can look up the date. Do you see any other markings on that gun (also open the cylinder and look at the areas that then become visible for more markings.

Optionally, if you can attach some photos showing both sides of the gun, that would work, too.

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