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Smith & Wesson Victory Model

Posted: Sun Feb 25, 2018 4:26 pm
by Candyman
A few weeks ago I stopped off at one of the local pawn shops and saw an old revolver in the case. At first I thought it was a Spanish copy of a Smith due to the grips on the gun. It was priced $199.95 which would have been ok for a Spanish copy if it was in good shape. So I had a look at it. To my supersize it was a Smith. When I looked at the butt my hart almost skipped a beat. I found a S&W Victory Model for less then half the market value. It was missing the lanyard loop and had aftermarket grips, but other then that the gun was in very good shape.
For those that know me, I always do my best to to get a better price no matter how good the marked price is. I asked for a lower price and was told I could have it for $200 out the door, I countered with $180, they came back with $190. I said sold. Hell, I would have paid the asking price plus the 10.5% sales tax.
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I had a Lanyard loop that I had picked up a while back when I thought about restoring a Parker Hale reworked Victory Model I picked up.
So I gave the gun a cleaning and went to looking for an original set of grips.
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I contacted Mr. Dennis Fisher at C D's Clips & Grips and he's shipping me an original set of Victory grips for $39.
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The grips were a little dirty so, I cleaned them up.
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The SN# puts it built around late 1943.
$190 for the gun.
$20 for the Lanyard loop.
$39 for the Grips.
For a total of $249 I have a Victory Model in my collection.

Re: Smith & Wesson

Posted: Sun Feb 25, 2018 4:37 pm
by rob
Nice score. Some day I hope I will come across one for my collection

Re: Smith & Wesson Victory Model

Posted: Mon Feb 26, 2018 8:59 am
by VMASCIOP2000
Brilliant. Beautiful restore to original.

Re: Smith & Wesson Victory Model

Posted: Mon Feb 26, 2018 9:21 am
by sowbelle
:clap: :clap: Great pick up Lee

Re: Smith & Wesson Victory Model

Posted: Mon Feb 26, 2018 11:30 am
by Ghoulardi
years before S&W VICTORY MODEL were collectible and people started to buy them, thereby bringing the price up, and up as they became collectible. I found one at a gunshow for less then 100 bucks, I wanna say 75 bucks. it was lend-lease in .38 S&W, which is what I think people were passing on it, a gun that shoots obsolete ammo probably didn't appeal to people. so I got it for a song, which I though it was, others during that time thought I was dumb to pay that much for it. but, I didn't care what they thought. it was stamped U.S PROPERTY with the inspectors initials (GHD) and a ordnance bomb, and it would just add to my military side arms collections



the thing that had me scratch my head , there was a small ground out divit on the left side of the frame . which I couldn't figure what that was. until a few years later, I went on one of the gun boards and someone showed a Austrian police issue VICTORY MODEL that has the Austrian eagle and stamped Austrian police where the divit was one mine. so that cleared up that mystery. it started life anew as a a post-war issued side arm to the Austrian police force.

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Re: Smith & Wesson Victory Model

Posted: Mon Feb 26, 2018 11:35 am
by Ghoulardi
this a very clean and nice revolver. no pits anywhere on the surface of it or the bore. except that ground out area, looks as it was made a few months ago. cylinder locks up nice and tight

don't exactly know when it was made, but a good guess is from info on gleaned from this tid bit

From approximately 1942 to about May 1943 the acceptance mark of Ordnance officer Guy H. Drewry is found on the butt. From approximately V300000 to end of production G.H.D is found on the left top strap;

since mine is is 497xxx, 1944

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Re: Smith & Wesson Victory Model

Posted: Mon Feb 26, 2018 2:42 pm
by M67
Back in all its glory! Magnificent work.
I'm always happy to see an excellent restoration work.

Re: Smith & Wesson Victory Model

Posted: Sun Mar 04, 2018 12:03 pm
by silverfox
Great find. Beautiful gun

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Re: Smith & Wesson Victory Model

Posted: Sun Mar 04, 2018 5:21 pm
by redeagle
Great work Candyman. Nice to see you still making deals and bringing life back to these old gems.

Re: Smith & Wesson Victory Model

Posted: Mon Mar 05, 2018 6:19 pm
by spidereyes455
Great score on a nice wheelgun , wish I could find deals like this once in awhile. I've wanted one of these for years but never run across them in shops or at shows , and I refuse to pay the $650 to $ 1000+ that people want on GB.

Re: Smith & Wesson Victory Model

Posted: Wed Aug 01, 2018 10:36 pm
by Itmocksme
I wish I would find deals like that. Congrats!

Re: Smith & Wesson Victory Model

Posted: Sat Aug 04, 2018 6:16 am
by dmg4
Hmmm... I know I have one of those knocking around in one of my safes. I'll dig it out and post a pic when I get home. As I recall, it was an AA rework and was Parkerized. It looked new when I got it. Pleasant shooting little revolver. I shoot it like Luke Skywalker (use the force) because the sights are a blur to me, but I can make a mess of any target at arms-length or so. My stepfather, who spent 2 yrs on the front lines in WWII with various handguns told me this is as they were intended to be used. "If you are shooting a pistol, you'd better be good with one hand as you'll be pushing the bastards away with the other".

Re: Smith & Wesson Victory Model

Posted: Tue Aug 07, 2018 5:58 pm
by dmg4
Here's mine:
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