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I have acquired a Smith & Wesson six shot revolver I need some help with.  On the 4" barrel is "38 S & W Special CTG".  It is nickel with pearl (looking) grips that have a longhorn engraved (stamped) in them.  The serial # on the butt and cylinder match with the number 470###.  On the inside where the cylinder closes are the numbers 24###.  It's in really good shape with a tight cylinder and fires nicely.  I've been looking at S & W web pages without much success.  Any one have a clue as to it's value or age?

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Take it to a reputable gunsmith in your area, one that does insurance evaluations, he can help you out the best.  He will have the resources to to give you all the info you would want.  Including how much to insure it for if it is a collectable.

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I googled "Smith & Wesson CTG"  there is a lot of reading...  try the smith & wesson forums first and they can date the gun by serial number and with a pic probably give you an estimated value.

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I googled "Smith & Wesson CTG"  there is a lot of reading...  try the smith & wesson forums first and they can date the gun by serial number and with a pic probably give you an estimated value.

CTG isn't a model or S&W identifier.  Both of my S&W revolvers say '38 S&W Special CTG' on the barrel.

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CTG isn't a model or S&W identifier

I only looked up by that and got to the S&W forums...  it stands for something because not all of them have it and apparantly it is a marking that was common on some models.  The serial # will be the key, as I noted.

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right on Gene, I just found this on The High Road:

Terminology: The "CTG" on the barrel of most Smith & Wessons is the abbreviation for "Cartridge". Bullets are projectiles, the whole loaded round of ammunition is a cartridge.

Grandma's revolver is as SDC said. It is made for the .38 Smith & Wesson Cartridge. This is NOT the same as .38 Special. Be sure you have the right ammunition....

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