S&W became a subsidiary of Bangor-Punta from 1965-1983. Smith & Wesson was the primary distributor for most Walther firearms and accessories in the United States from 2002-2012. Smith & Wessons have been classified under the following category names - PISTOLS: LEVER ACTION, ANTIQUE, TIP-UPS, TOP-BREAKS, SINGLE SHOTS, EARLY HAND EJECTORS (Named Models), NUMBERED MODEL REVOLVERS (Modern Hand Ejectors), SEMI-AUTOS, RIFLES, and SHOTGUNS. Among the early revolvers, Tip-ups have barrels that tip up so the cylinder can be removed for loading or unloading, whereas Top-breaks have barrels & cylinders that tip down with automatic ejection. During 2001, Tomkins sold Smith & Wesson to Saf-T-Hammer, an Arizona-based safety and security company.Factory special orders, such as ivory or pearl grips, special finishes, engraving, and other production rarities will add premiums to the values listed.After 1893, all ivory and pearl grips had the metal S&W logo medallions inserted on top.
The Smith & Wesson .38’s produced between 19 had serial numbers with a V prefix and were designated as the Victory Model.The silver grip has a hammered surface popular in domestic silverware of the period. Its design reflects the elegant, whimsical style of Art Nouveau. WARNING: VISIBLE LASER RADIATION EMITS FROM THE INSIGHT® LASER WHILE IT IS IN OPERATION - AVOID DIRECT EYE EXPOSURE.Use only commercially manufactured ammunition with internal ballistic pressures which are in strict accordance with the specifications of the Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers' Institute (SAAMI).Michigan –-(Ammoland.com)- The Smith & Wesson Model 10 has been called the most successful handgun of all time, and the most popular center-fire revolver of the 20th Century.