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Lend-Lease 5" S&W Victory Model


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I bought a 5" S&W Victory Model in .38/200 yesterday and was wondering about when they came back into the USA. 

 

This one has no import markings like the Australian V-M imports of around 20 years ago. 

 

Did the non-import marked examples come back before '68 or was there some kind of loophole (like CMP involvement) that precluded having them marked?

 

This one was marked 'United States Property' on the top strap....Everything matches as it should including the stocks. Nice and tight with a great bore. Parked finish. Given the holster wear it went someplace.

 

 

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I can't answer your question, but I like your revolver. I have a couple myself. Those British pattern holsters are harder to find now days also. Thanks for posting it. Great WW II "Arsenal of Democracy" piece!

BKW

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19 minutes ago, Brian Keith said:

I can't answer your question, but I like your revolver. I have a couple myself. Those British pattern holsters are harder to find now days also. Thanks for posting it. Great WW II "Arsenal of Democracy" piece!

BKW

I have a few of them of different flavors with my favorite one being a 4" US Navy marked example in a named Boyt '43 USN holster. 

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Very nice Victory!

Will you be shooting it?

I have one in similar condition as well, same caliber and slightly later in serial number.

I thought mine was without an import stamp but 3 months after I purchased it, I found a light import stamp under the barrel right back from the muzzle. Maybe check there?

Based on the serial number and the importer, 'Charlie Flick' suggested that it came back from New Zealand.

Kim

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9 minutes ago, kfields said:

Very nice Victory!

Will you be shooting it?

I have one in similar condition as well, same caliber and slightly later in serial number.

I thought mine was without an import stamp but 3 months after I purchased it, I found a light import stamp under the barrel right back from the muzzle. Maybe check there?

Based on the serial number and the importer, 'Charlie Flick' suggested that it came back from New Zealand.

Kim

 

Oh yeah, I'll shoot it. I checked it over with a magna-visor last evening and there's nothing on it. Back in the day the import markings were very tiny and often lightly stamped, not like the "billboards" of today.

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Glad to hear you will shoot it. I've slowly acquired 500 rounds of 38s&w over the last 18 months since I've acquired mine and do shoot it occasionally. 

Once 'Charlie Flick' sees your post, I'm sure he will add some interesting details.

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