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A Presentation of the S&W Pre-Victory and Victory Models that were used during WW2.
This is a historical overview of the S&W Pre-Victory and Victory Models used by the Allied Nations during WW2. The British Commonwealth used the S&W .38 Hand Ejector revolver (aka Pre-Victory Models). The cartridge used was the S&W .38/200. When the United States joined the war, Smith and Wesson then developed the Victory Model which used the .38 Special cartridge. The S&W Victory Model revolvers were used by the US Navy, Naval aviators, and Marine aviators. On top of the Victory models were specific labels such as US Navy, United States Property, or US Property. Sometimes on the Victory Models, the US Navy or US Property markings were shaved off by certain owners believing that it should be a civilian revolver instead. Famous people using the Victory Models were late President John F. Kennedy, US Marine aviator Pappy Boyington, and former President George H W Bush.
Also in the video is a safety lesson in regards to the use of revolvers.
US Handguns of World War 2 by Charles Pate
.380 Enfield No. 2 Revolver by Mark Stamps & Ian Skennerton
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John F Kennedy on PT 109
Former President George H W Bush
US Marine Aviator Pappy Boyington
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