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    The pictured revolver is chambered in .38 S&W. NOT .38 Special.

    The wood grips are original - the Tyler T adaptor is an add-on.

    The plastic grips are aftermarket from the 1960s - 1970s.
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    I'm not sure I understand what you mean by chambered in 38. Both barrels say 38 special ctg on them. Can you explain it, this are my first revolvers.
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    .38 S & W and .38 Special are two different cartridges.

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    Ok I understand the difference in the ammo now. So the cylinder size will determine which ammo it takes. I was under the impression that because It says 38 special on the side of the barrel that that's what it will take.

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    My understanding is lend-lease models were 38/200 chambered(38 S&W), and US military models were chambered 38 special. Bore of the 38/200 is .361, bore for the 38 special should be .357 to .358. Some 38/200 models the cylinder was bored completly through allowing a 38 special to be chambered, but should not be used. If the cylinder is bored through it is a 38/200. It should not be bored through if it is a 38 special. Not sure why they bored them through.

    These victory models were chambered in 38 special.



    Not sure of the year of this photo, I originally thought it was in the 50's, but I believe the Air Force started using that badge in the 60's. These SP were SAC HQ honor guards I believe. Gun was a nickel plated 38 spl victory model with stag franzite grips.
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    Your pic showing 38 S&W.SPECIAL CTG tells the tale. It is 38 Special. Take it to a gunsmith to be doubly sure but I'm betting that it is 38 Special not 38 S&W. BTW: 38 Special is a rather low pressure cartridge with the SAAMI pressure only 17,000 PSI. The 38 S&W is a little lower at 14,500 PSI. In any event 38 Specials should not be a big risk of failure. If they chamber OK and the gun is not made out of cheese you should be OK.
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    Maybe I should have mentioned that the 38 Special was introduced in 1898 as a black powder cartridge. This is why it was continued as such a low pressure cartridge out of deference to all of the old guns in existence.
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