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PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2012 11:51 am 
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I have a .38 S&W revolver Im thinking of selling,its new spec but it accepts rounds,confusing huh?
So how much is it worth? I have had a quick look and the prices for new spec seem to go from around £150 to £250
old spec ones go for up to £350,so what could I expect for this one?
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If it was deactivated after October 1995 then there should be a steel ring welded inside the cylinder which prevents inserting rounds. If there isn't, then it's probably been 'played' with and may be legally problematic. You may wish to contact the Proof House where it was certified for clarification.

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I picked this gun up from world wide arms about a year ago,the steel ring wasnt in the cylinder when I bought it. I appreciate what you say though,as its already causing problems with how I should price it and should I sell it as old or new spec.
All other aspects of the deact work seem fine,the barrel has been cut and welded,the firing pin has been removed and the barrel has been blocked.
A confusing one to say the least!


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Very odd. I've just checked the revised 2010 deact specs and it hasn't changed: revolver cylinders must be blocked in order to prevent the chambering of a round. Again, it might be best to contact the Proof House concerned - they should be able to tell you whether the gun is 'as certified'. I wouldn't personally try and sell it until that had been clarified.

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I think your right best to be cautious in cases like this,will be checking up on the legality of this gun shortly

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Has the cylinder been swapped out I wonder ..???

If it can chamber a round, it can chamber a blank ... and if the firing pin can be replaced and it can then fire that blank ..... technically illegal as it reverts back then to its former (pre deact) classification.

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it could be an old spec that has had a replacement cert.


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I think to get a replacement for a lost cert the gun has to be sent in again .... so it still wouldnt have the full cylinder ..!!

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trooperdooper wrote:
it could be an old spec that has had a replacement cert.

That can be settled by looking for the Proof House deactivation markings on the gun. Illustrations here:

http://www.gwent.police.uk/informationp ... ctivation/

Deactivation standards aren't retrospective, so a new certificate can be issued for a pre-95 spec deact without the need to redo it to the current spec - as long as the original deactivation work hasn't been altered.

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peregrinvs wrote:
trooperdooper wrote:
... as long as the original deactivation work hasn't been altered ...


That the point of the matter surely .. !!

Incidentally there are a couple of these on sale on Gunstar at present as a price guide perhaps ..??

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