Smith & Wesson "Victory"
This is my Victory revolver. Again, a wee history lesson for those who care. During WW2 S&W made their Military & Police model (later Model 10) both for the US Navy and especially for Britain as part of the Lend-Lease act.
The Victory was a pretty basic M&P with a few changes to speed up production. It is recognized by its 'V' prefix on the serial number. (Image)
My particular revolver is chambered for the .38 S&W cartridge, the same used by the British with the Enfield No 2 revolver then in use by the British armed forces as the "Cartridge, Pistol, .380" Mk IIz". The original British cartridge was the .38/200, or .38 Super Police as it was also known, which fired a 200 grain lead round nose bullet.
It was however discovered that the soft lead bullet was not in accordance with the Hague Convention banning the use of expanding projectiles in war, and the Mk II round fired a 180 grain FMJ bullet instead. (Image of caliber markings)
However, my revolver does not feature any British property, acceptance or proof marks, which the British usually stamped on just about any and all piece of exposed metal they could find, and this means one of three things.
1. My revolver was one of those given to the Norwegian Navy in Britain during WW2. Personally i doubt this, as it is in as near to pristine condition a ca. 65+ year old gun can be, and i doubt it has ever had a taste of salt water or so much as a whif of sea air.
2. It came in a weapon drop to the resistance during the war. If it did, I'd be a very happy man.
3. It is a downright boring and generic gun that arrived in Norway after the war straight from the US.
Personally i'm hoping it is number 1 or 2, but i doubt i'll ever find out for sure if it's either.