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    Tell me about this .38 long cartridge revolver

    I came across this .38 long cartridge revolver when cleaning out my father in law's garage. He didn't know a lot about it, other than it came from his grandpa, and he's never shot it, himself.

    I did some research but couldn't find a lot about it online. The manufacturer is GAC Firearms MFG. Co

    Does anyone have any familiarity on this piece?

    Thanks in advance,

    Aaron

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    I believe it is a Spanish made copy of American firearm. Might help to post a picture, but I am guessing it looks like a S&W pre war revolver.
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    Have no idea about your particular gun. As mentioned, a picture or more info on the markings and where they are located may help. You could also look here
    http://world.guns.ru/index-e.html or here http://arms2armor.com/Firearms/firearms.htm

    Be aware that .38Long is not .38S&W aad it definately is not .38Spcl. If you do not have this http://www.saami.org/specifications_...mbinations.pdf
    bookmarked, saved on your hard disk, a backup copy saved somewhere else, and printed out do so now.

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    Here's a picture of it.
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    Is .38 LC commonly available?

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    And thank you for the reference guide!

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    A left handed gun? lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aaron1124 View Post
    Here's a picture of it.
    As I thought, a Spanish copy of a S&W pre war. Yes ammo is available but it is expensive. If you reload it is simple to cut down 38 spl cases for it. IIRC the original load called for a heavy bullet over black or early smokeless powder. Seems to me the gun was loaded to throw a 200 grain bullet at 600 FPS. Yes it was a very heavy bullet moving at a snails pace. You should be able to get by with a 158 grain bullet loaded to about the same speed or a little faster.

    Hodgdon shows with a 150 grain bullet starting load with 3 grains of universal for 631 FPS, 3.5 grains is maximum for 769 FPS. With a 125 grain bullet the load is 3.2 grains universal for 626 FPS, 3.7 grains for 772 FPS.
    It is well that war is so terrible otherwise we would grow too fond of it.
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    US$.57 to US$.70 a round, and readily available.

    http://ammoseek.com/ammo/38-long-colt
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    http://herohog.com/images/guns/ammo/

    I have a 38 colt short Police Positive revolver. Shoots great and ammo is available.

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