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Lend lease pistols part 1

During World War II after the Dunkirk evacuation the British military was in dire straits for weapons that were lost.

There was a shortage of revolvers. Smith & Wesson was contracted to provide replacement handguns for England. Due to the urgent need there was no time for Smith & Wesson to design a new revolver so the M&P pistol was used. This weapon was designed to shoot the 38 special and with some minor modificationsĀ  implemented to convert this handgun to the British caliber .38/200.

The initial orders for this handgun were for South Africa but the British military staff in Washington DC diverted it to the United Kingdom.

Originally the Smith & Wesson M&P model came in four, five and 6 inch length barrels, with checkered would grips and commercial bluing. Due to the demands for faster and more economical production Smith & Wesson changed to a plane wood grip, 5 inch barrel and a phosphated finish.

The pistol were talking about today is one of the standard ones that were made.

There were 586,200 Smith & Wesson M&PĀ  pistols produced. This is one of the of the 8000 pistols that Australia received.

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DSC_1350cs You could see that it’s marked United States property which is part of the lend lease package to the United Kingdom.

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DSC_1348s Looking at this photograph you can seal the stampings that indicated it was used by Australia.

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DSC_1524s You can see the broad arrow stamp on the bottom of the frame.

DSC_1526s For more information on Smith & Wesson victory models please look at the following books:

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51U2oVDIV4L._SX356_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg

https://www.amazon.com/U-S-Handguns-World-War-II/dp/0917218752/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1472402174&sr=8-1&keywords=U.S.+handguns+of+WW2

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51I7Fru29yL._SX392_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg

https://www.amazon.com/Timothy-Mullin-K-Frame-Revolver-Phenomenon/dp/B00RWQZEZ6/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1472402271&sr=1-2&keywords=The+K+frame+revolver

Or go to the webpage.

http://forums.gunboards.com/

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