Lemon Squeezer (S&W 38 5-shot)

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    Lemon Squeezer (S&W 38 5-shot)

    I grew up hearing about all these guns my grandfather had. (Father's father) I got to see a couple of them over the years, only rifles, but I knew there were more. He kept them in storage and was very guarded about them until recently now that his health is poor. My father finally was able to gain access to them and I fear most if not all are ruined. They were stored in the attic and there was a moisture problem. We are still looking for the Mauser/Luger P08 he brought home from WWII.

    For now though, I have been cleaning up the first one which is an old S&W Safety Hammerless, 3 inch barrel. I believe its a 4th model. When my father brought it to me this morning it was flat out orange and frozen closed. After a little PB Blaster to break it and then some TLC, I got it fully functional mechanically and everything feels smooth. The backstrap safety even works. There are only traces of the original nickel finish left.

    I seriously doubt we would ever attempt to fire it again although if we did, we would get it checked out by a gunsmith/expert first. I know its 38 S&W and not 38 SPCL. Given the pictures below, any opinions on if its too far gone to bring back to a useable condition? I imagine this is destined for wall display only. So sad.
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    I will go out on a limb here and say I think it is still useable. That being said it might be a good idea to fire the first cylinder load out of a pistol vice like a ransom rest.
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    It's a cute old revolver. It was of top quality for its day and a pretty ingenious design.

    I've fired Smith & Wesson top break .38 S&W revolvers from the 19th century with perfect satisfaction. If it is fully functional, with correct timing so that the chambers of the cylinder index and lock properly when the hammer drops in the firing mode(internal hammer with your particular model S&W) then it will be fine.

    I owned one once that was manufactured in 1882 and fired several hundred factory loads through it. It was pretty accurate. Shot a copperhead with it while arrowhead hunting once.

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    why chance it? clean it up and put it away. but i bet it will still work.
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    If unsure, getit checked first. But, I would guess that if atken care of, it would be fine. Never shot the .38, but the .32 was very popular for years. The .38 would not be a bad CCW.

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    Yeah, I would most likely have all five cylinders fired from a ransom rest type setup before I would feel safe firing it from hand. I never had any plans to make it any kind of regularly utilized weapon. It's just much cooler as part of a collection if it is functional.
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