Smith & Wesson S&W Model 40 .38 Special 2” DAO Hammerless Revolver C&R

SOLD FOR: $760

WOA#: WY240129AC031

Make: Smith & Wesson

Model: 40, 38 spl

Serial Number: L7836

Year of Manufacture: 1957 to 1974

Caliber: .38 Special

Action Type: Double Action Only 5-Shot Cylinder with Swing Out Cylinder, Grip Safety

Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “SMITH & WESSON”.  The right side of the barrel is marked “.38 S.&W. SPL.”.  The right side of the frame is marked with a 4-Line.  The left side of the frame is marked with a Smith & Wesson Monogram.  The bottom of the grip frame is marked “L7836”.  The yoke cut is marked “MOD. / 40”.  The crane is marked “62492 / 9”.

Barrel Length: 2” Pinned

Sights / Optics:  The front sight is a low-profile serrated ramped blade that is integral to the rib. The rear sight is a rectangular notch in the top strap.

Stock Configuration & Condition:  The grips are 2 piece smooth walnut with S&W medallions at their tops.  The grip screw is tool marked but retains are strong slot.  There is a small scratch on the left side of the grip. There are no chips or cracks.  Overall, these grips are in about Excellent condition.

Type of Finish: Blued

Finish Originality: Original

Bore Condition:  The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore. There is some stubborn fouling and build up. In this writer’s opinion the bore rates in 8.5/10.

Overall Condition:  This handgun retains about 99% of its metal finish.  There are some minor faint scuffs on the cylinder from boxed storage. The cylinder also has a thin turn line. The screwheads are sharp. The markings are clear.  Overall, this revolver rates in about Excellent condition.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The double action is smooth. The cylinder locks up with minimal side-to-side movement. We did not fire this handgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.

Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This revolver comes with its factory box and moisture absorbent paper.

Our Assessment: The Smith & Wesson Model 40, originally introduced as the Centennial Model in 1952 and later named the Model 40 in 1957, marks a significant chapter in the evolution of concealed carry revolvers. Named to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Smith & Wesson, the Model 40 is characterized by its innovative design features, most notably its grip safety – a distinct mechanism designed to enhance the firearm’s safety by requiring a proper grip to fire. This feature, combined with its concealed hammer design, makes the Model 40 an ideal choice for those seeking a revolver with a reduced risk of snagging when drawn from concealment.

Chambered in .38 Special, the Model 40 offers a balance of power and manageability, making it suitable for personal defense. Its 5-shot capacity and compact design underscore its purpose as a concealed carry weapon, where ease of carry and discretion are paramount. The revolver’s all-steel construction ensures durability and reliability, hallmarks of Smith & Wesson’s commitment to quality. The Model 40’s fixed sights, combined with its snub-nose barrel, facilitate quick target acquisition in close-quarter scenarios, further emphasizing its role as a self-defense firearm. Over the years, the Model 40 has retained its place among enthusiasts and collectors alike, cherished for its historical significance, unique safety feature, and enduring design.  Please see our photos and good luck! -L.S.

Smith & Wesson S&W Model 40 .38 Special 2” DAO Hammerless Revolver C&R
Smith & Wesson S&W Model 40 .38 Special 2” DAO Hammerless Revolver C&R