1943 U.S. Navy Smith & Wesson Victory .38 SPL

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  • Trepang

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    Dec 10, 2015
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    Calvert County, MD
    Stumbled across a nice, numbers matching, 1943 US Navy S&W Victory and I just couldn't help myself.

    After the US Property marked S&W Victory in .38 S&W I bought yesterday I should have stopped looking.....

    But I didn't and came across this U.S. Navy one in .38 SPL that comes with a nice "correct" holster.

    It will be at my FFL next week .... SMH

    Here is a link to an interesting article on the from the AMERICAN RIFLEMAN magazine: https://www.americanrifleman.org/content/v-is-for-victory-the-smith-wesson-victory-model-revolver/

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    IronEye

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    Feb 10, 2018
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    Howard County
    Also very nice. A great link to the past. I wonder what stories it could tell? Congrats.

    A Federal FFL-03 C&R License would allow old guns like these to be shipped direct to your door - just saying.
     

    Trepang

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    Dec 10, 2015
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    Calvert County, MD
    Also very nice. A great link to the past. I wonder what stories it could tell? Congrats.

    A Federal FFL-03 C&R License would allow old guns like these to be shipped direct to your door - just saying.
    Thanks. I appreciate it.

    I have a C&R license and have a collectors license but it was my understanding that since we are in Maryland, you still had to fill out he MSP application, go through a FFL and wait your seven days for handguns.

    I have used my C&R for long guns, but never handguns.

    Like I said, that is just my understanding and I have been wrong before and I am always willing to learn.
     

    IronEye

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    Feb 10, 2018
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    I attached a letter from 2004 that was written by Joseph Curran (then Maryland's AG) that states that Maryland law imposes no restrictions on direct import by a Federal C&R license holder for eligible guns coming from out of state.
    A weapon bought in the state would require the standard paperwork, background check and 7 day wait.
     

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    Trepang

    Active Member
    Dec 10, 2015
    2,063
    Calvert County, MD
    I attached a letter from 2004 that was written by Joseph Curran (then Maryland's AG) that states that Maryland law imposes no restrictions on direct import by a Federal C&R license holder for eligible guns coming from out of state.
    A weapon bought in the state would require the standard paperwork, background check and 7 day wait.
    Gotcha - Thanks
     

    Trepang

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    Dec 10, 2015
    2,063
    Calvert County, MD
    I managed to find a copy on eBay of the December 2020 issue of the American Rifleman that has a great article on these Victory revolvers. I don't keep the old copies and in this case I wish I had.

    I make up a folder of whatever documents I have or can find on each MilSurp I have in my collection and I really wanted this issue for the folder - That article is what got me interested in the Victory models in the first place.

    Next, I will cough up the $100 for a S&W research letter.

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    Biggfoot44

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    Aug 2, 2009
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    Having an example of each is just about ideal for a collector, however, it may also lead you to go searching for a Colt Commando next.
    No , you need a Defense Contractor Victory first before any Colts.

    ( From the s/n range bought by the Government , sold thru the Defense Supply Corp to certain companies with war contracts to arm their Security forces against saboteurs . Victorys w/o Govt Property markings .)
     

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