This listing is for the exact revolver in the photos. From Cold War and War on Drugs duty in the Caribbean comes this serviceable and historic Service Revolver. Manufacturer was Smith & Wesson of Springfield, MA. Named model is .38 Military & Police Airweight. The 12 was a descendant of the M13 Aircrewman. Numbered model is 12, Third Engineering Change. From its 5D50000 range serial number, it was manufactured in 1979. Type is traditional swingout double and single action service revolver with transfer bar safety mechanism. Frame is lightweight K Medium Square Butt. Construction is steel barrel, cylinder assembly yoke, latch, hammer, trigger, and internal parts built into a lightweight alloy frame. Barrel is original tapered 2 inch Pencil type, pinned into the frame,with 1:18.75 five groove right hand rifling. Chambering is .38 Smith & Wesson Special caliber. This revolver was NOT designed for +P ammunition. Cylinder Capacity is six rounds. Sight is barrel integral serrated ramp front, with fixed notch frame integral rear. Cylinder release thumb latch is classic checkered serration concave. Ignition is hammer nose type firing pin on a .265 service width hammer, with matching serrated face service trigger. Grips are original service Magna type. Dimensions are 7 inches overall length, 5 inches height, and 1.425 cylinder thickness. Weight empty is 18 1/2 ounces, centered at the trigger. Finish is polished surface blued barrel and cylinder assembly; gloss black anodized frame; color casehardened hammer and trigger; and oil finish grip panels. Note that it has Agency or Squadron markings on the lower right side plate, over one cylinder chamber, and on the right side of the barrel. Apart from those, Surface detractions are moderate, principally finish freckling, wear on the right side, and grip wear. We rate this model 12 as Very Good, Agency Marked, 75 to 80 percent vicinity by our estimate, but photos ought to suffice for our distinguished shoppers to judge finish grade for themselves. This revolver served in the Caribbean home jurisdiction of Borinquen Air Station, whose operations aimed at Castro’s Cuba and at South- and Central American drug traffickers.Double action trigger pull is smooth and consistent 11 pounds vicinity, and the hammer travels an additional 2 to 5 degrees on double action after the cylinder times. On single action, the hammer travels an extra 20 degrees, and single action trigger pull measures a crisp original 4 3/4pounds. Lateral play to the cylinder is negligible with the trigger relaxed; with the trigger fully depressed, there is no lateral play whatsoever. Carbon deposits under the top strap and on the cylinder face are minimal. Cylinder face to forcing cone gap measures .005. Bore and cylinder chambers are bright and clean. We estimate this 12 has been fired fewer than 200 times. Original M13 Aircrewman revolvers command prices upwards of $4,000 apiece. We’re offering the descendant Smith & Wesson 12-3 in the photos, however, for only $ 489.00. Not transferable to civilian residents of California or Massachusetts. Add a set of Imitation Ivory Magna Grips only $23.00 [may require modification for the 12’s thinner than usual frame]; add a correct Grip Adapter only $27.00.
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