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During the NRA Basic Pistol classroom instruction, as well as on the range, NRA Pistol Instructors Martha Amitay (far left) and Karie Thomas demonstrate proper gun-handling techniques to a Ladies Pistol Project participant.
V1 to approximately V39,999 were predominately .38 S&W Caliber (I have observed revolvers in the 1-40000 range in .38 special caliber). Below you will find some of the common stamps with links to examples. Revolvers that have the "S" marking on the right side plate as well as before the serial number on the butt have the improved hammer block installed. Post the V400,000 serial number range they are located on the underside of the barrel, back of the cylinder and left side plate.
Serial numbers are located on Inside right grip, frame butt, Cylinder, extractor star, and bottom of barrel. Grips: Checkered walnut with medallion until early 1942, post February of 1942 they are smooth American Walnut with out medallions. Navy orders you will find no acceptance marks on the original two contracts they placed. The acceptance mark of Ordnance officer Waldemar Bromberg is located on the butt (to about serial number V145000). B.) is usually found an ordnance bomb and proof mark. D is found on the left top strap; The property mark was shortened to "U. If the "S" in the serial number on the butt appears to be machine applied this would indicate it was produced with improved hammer block, and that it was not added later or it would have been hand stamped. The later appear to be Army Supply Program contract revolvers.
To this day the Victory model is a very enjoyable shooting collectible, mainly due to its inexpensive cost, light recoil, and good accuracy. D acceptance mark was moved from the butt to the left top strap with the property mark. Found on the revolvers left top strap as per the two Navy contracts.
Serial numbers for the .38 special Victory model began at about V1 in early 1942 and ran until VS811119 with a date of late August of 1945 (end of production). The Navy also applied a Property mark on the left side plate on some revolvers; these were filled in with red paint. Victory models have also been produced with out property marks, these revolvers were probably delivered by the U. Defense Supply Corporation (DSC) to defense contractors and public agencies that required them for guarding war sensitive materials. Pates books indicate that some delivered under an Army contract could be found with a P mark.