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Offline Major 2

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Perhaps of some interest here ?
« on: September 09, 2018, 09:01:58 am »
I happened by (actually more by habit ) my friendly FFL Saturday....
A buddy of mine and I often make it a Saturday Gun Shop & Lunch habit.

 This Orbea Brothers S&W Copy caught my eye, it is circa 1916,  It had some patches black spray paint in the cylinder scallops, and inside the trigger guard.

I desided it needed a new lease in life, as wall hanger in my Reloading room, so for $50 it came home with me....

But as I began a detailed cleaning & the patches of paint removal
I found the Proof marks, Maker mark, SS# , and all matching assembly numbers .
and did some internet research I discovered it's Manf. date, the maker Orbea Brothers Eibar, Spain.

A lot of these were made for France ( WW1 ) later a number were imported to this country,  Leading to The Great Smith & Wesson Trademark Infringement Suit.

Here it is all cleaned up , Acetone made quick work of the paint , there was 0 blue remaining except under the Grips ( had the "56" matching assembly numbers as on the frame, Cyl & barrel) )
It locks up reasonably snug a bit of end shake & 5 mm rotational movement.
Bore looks good IMHO...
The caliber is 38 Long Colt  so marked  some how it survived the WWII scrap drive.
One specuation is it was it either a stage or film prop ( explaining the black paint )
when planets the deal !

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Re: Perhaps of some interest here ?
« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2018, 01:33:03 pm »
Definitely interesting! and for $50!! :o And functions well. Seems like the next step is see if it's a .357 bore 38LC, or if it's .375.

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Re: Perhaps of some interest here ?
« Reply #2 on: September 09, 2018, 01:40:08 pm »
cool beans!  Don't let your FFL know or he might start charging more for "wallhangers"  :)


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