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bac1023
01-16-2013, 18:19
I started this thread last week stating that I found an original M40 "Lemon Squeezer" in mint condition with the box and papers.

http://www.glocktalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1463829

I also mentioned that I'd pick it up later this month or early February. Well, I decided to get it sooner rather than later, due to the overwhelmingly positive response I got. :supergrin:

All I ever see on Gunbroker are the new "Classic Series" reproductions with the checkered grips, which have zero appeal to me. Seeing an original is pretty special, especially one in this condition, which could very well be unfired. It was bought new by the previous owner at the same shop in the early 70's and was traded back in the same condition it left 40 or so years ago. How cool is that? :cool:

The M40 is a 5-shot double action only 38 special revolver. It was introduced as the "Centennial" in 1952 to celebrate the company's 100 birthday, but was given the model number 40 five years later. Judging from the sheer lack of them on the used market, I don't believe S&W built nearly as many of these as they did most of their others. I believe M40 production stopped in the mid 1970's along with the M42, which was the airweight version. The reproductions are rated for +P, but I wouldn't try it in this. Quite frankly, I'm not sure I'm going to shoot it at all.

I had very poor lighting for pictures today, but here she is smooth grips and all. Hopefully, it lives up to the great response I got in the last thread. Its a like new in box and possibly unfired S&W model 40. The bluing and the grips are in perfect condition. :)

As always, your thoughts are greatly appreciated. This is my first J frame. Thanks!

I will post some better pics this weekend, but these will have to do for now. :crying:


http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc398/cutillo_2011/025-5.jpg

http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc398/cutillo_2011/032-4.jpg

bac1023
01-16-2013, 18:19
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc398/cutillo_2011/030-4.jpg

http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc398/cutillo_2011/034-2.jpg

http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc398/cutillo_2011/028-2.jpg

http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc398/cutillo_2011/036-1.jpg



As you can see, it has everything except the wrapper. :)


http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n5/bac1023/045-1.jpg

NDCent
01-16-2013, 18:51
What a sweet find. Congrats!

Bruce M
01-16-2013, 18:54
Another great find, Sir. According to Mr. Supica's wonderful book, the Model 40 was produced between 1952 and 1974 and total production was about 40,000 units for both the Model 40 and Model 42 (airweight version.) 1971 began the L prefix serial number.

pennlineman
01-16-2013, 19:01
Very nice. :thumbsup:

ctfireman
01-16-2013, 19:01
Good for you. Very pretty.

Wyoming
01-16-2013, 19:02
Ooooh, I like.:thumbsup:

Short Cut
01-16-2013, 19:05
Sweet, didn't they make a nice piece back in the day? :cowboy:

bmoore
01-16-2013, 19:12
Beautiful, I have always loved the "Lemon squeezer's"

SpitFyRRe
01-16-2013, 19:16
That's a beautiful gun. Nicely done!!

JimM_PA
01-16-2013, 19:18
Another classic firearm....well done!

countrygun
01-16-2013, 19:18
Very nice

RJ's Guns
01-16-2013, 19:40
Brian
There cannot be many Model 40 or 42 J frames in that condition. You never fail to amaze me how you find firearms in such pristine condition.

RJ

bac1023
01-16-2013, 19:40
Another great find, Sir. According to Mr. Supica's wonderful book, the Model 40 was produced between 1952 and 1974 and total production was about 40,000 units for both the Model 40 and Model 42 (airweight version.) 1971 began the L prefix serial number.

Thanks Bruce. Mine has the L prefix, so it's early 70's like I mentioned.

I know it was reintroduced in 2007.

bac1023
01-16-2013, 19:44
Sweet, didn't they make a nice piece back in the day? :cowboy:

They sure did...

bac1023
01-16-2013, 19:58
Brian
There cannot be many Model 40 or 42 J frames in that condition. You never fail to amaze me how you find firearms in such pristine condition.

RJ
Thanks RJ

I've always been lucky in that regard. :cool:

PzGren
01-16-2013, 21:53
Congratulations. That is a great addition to your collection, I like S&W snubbies.

Beanie-Bean
01-17-2013, 02:59
Congrats! Yours looks to be in really great condition.

Nakanokalronin
01-17-2013, 03:07
Congrats! I saw one of these at a LGS recently, but they were asking a tad too much.

CajunBass
01-17-2013, 06:04
Wheeeeeee that was close.

I had almost as much doubt that you'd buy it as I did that the sun would come up this morning. :rofl:

Congratulations Bac. Good find.

byf43
01-17-2013, 06:42
Outstanding!!!

Congrats!!!! It's beautiful!

SigFTW
01-17-2013, 06:51
Congrats on a fine looking lemon :supergrin:

BuckyP
01-17-2013, 07:29
Very nice find, such a classic and in excellent shape.

Thanks Bruce. Mine has the L prefix, so it's early 70's like I mentioned.

I know it was reintroduced in 2007.

It's hard to take the "reissue" / "classics" seriously when that have that lock. BTW: I went to Smith's web site to confirm, and I find it very interesting that 75% or more of the pictures show the right side of the gun, where you cannot tell if it has a lock or not. :shakehead:

Wolfdad
01-17-2013, 08:54
Congratulation bac, that is a beautiful piece!

malleable
01-17-2013, 09:41
That's a beautiful revolver.
I'm glad I didn't find it, I would have bought it and then cringed at the thought of firing it. It's just too darn nice!

bac1023
01-17-2013, 10:39
That's a beautiful revolver.
I'm glad I didn't find it, I would have bought it and then cringed at the thought of firing it. It's just too darn nice!

Thanks.

I'm not sure if I'm going to fire it or not, actually.

bac1023
01-17-2013, 17:56
What a sweet find. Congrats!

Very nice. :thumbsup:

Good for you. Very pretty.

Ooooh, I like.:thumbsup:

Beautiful, I have always loved the "Lemon squeezer's"

That's a beautiful gun. Nicely done!!

Another classic firearm....well done!

Very nice

Congratulations. That is a great addition to your collection, I like S&W snubbies.

Congrats! Yours looks to be in really great condition.

Congrats! I saw one of these at a LGS recently, but they were asking a tad too much.

Outstanding!!!

Congrats!!!! It's beautiful!

Congrats on a fine looking lemon :supergrin:

Very nice find, such a classic and in excellent shape.





Congratulation bac, that is a beautiful piece!

Thanks everyone :wavey:

Much appreciated

DeLo
01-17-2013, 17:58
Nice 1st Jframe!

bac1023
01-17-2013, 19:57
Nice 1st Jframe!

Thanks! :supergrin:

ca survivor
01-18-2013, 09:37
Congrats!!

faawrenchbndr
01-18-2013, 09:43
Glad you got it Brian,.......I was going to ask for the info if you did not snag it.

Congrats........great pics, as always!

up1911fan
01-18-2013, 10:07
Nice find Bac.

fnfalman
01-18-2013, 11:43
That sucker is cute. If it were a chick, I'd hit it.

Ruble Noon
01-18-2013, 16:09
Nice find Brian. When does the champagne carpet gun museum open?

bac1023
01-18-2013, 21:14
Glad you got it Brian,.......I was going to ask for the info if you did not snag it.

Congrats........great pics, as always!

Thanks Greg

I wasn't going to let this one slip away. :)

bigchuck83
01-18-2013, 21:52
Very nice looking little revolver. i've never seen such a nice condition lemon squeezer.

nathanours
01-18-2013, 23:45
Sure is a pretty little thing. Is the grip bar similar to the grip safetys found on 1911s? It looks brand new, I can't discern any cylinder ring in your pics.

Glock40man
01-19-2013, 01:58
I have always wanted one, I just haven't gotten to it yet. That is a beautiful J-frame.

Congrats!:cool:

bac1023
01-19-2013, 06:54
Sure is a pretty little thing. Is the grip bar similar to the grip safetys found on 1911s? It looks brand new, I can't discern any cylinder ring in your pics.

Thanks. Yeah, I really don't think it was ever fired. Since you really can't rotate the cylinder without dry firing it, there's no turn ring.

The grip safety feels different than a 1911's.

sawgrass
01-19-2013, 14:30
Thanks. Yeah, I really don't think it was ever fired. Since you really can't rotate the cylinder without dry firing it, there's no turn ring.

The grip safety feels different than a 1911's.

I wouldn't shoot it, and it would bother me off a little, but I wouldn't shoot it.

Beautiful gun.

TexasVine
01-19-2013, 15:45
Congrats Brian. What a great find! You continue to inspire me in adding to my collection. I have recently found the J frames to be very apealing. I'm thinking a nice carry.
Mike

bac1023
01-19-2013, 16:51
I wouldn't shoot it, and it would bother me off a little, but I wouldn't shoot it.

Beautiful gun.

Thanks SG :)

bac1023
01-19-2013, 16:56
Just uploaded some better pics, as promised :supergrin:

hogship
01-19-2013, 19:27
At the risk of seeming really dumb......what is the purpose of the lever?

Nice one, bac......

ooc

bac1023
01-19-2013, 19:35
At the risk of seeming really dumb......what is the purpose of the lever?

Nice one, bac......

ooc

It's a grip safety, hog

If you don't depress it, you can't pull the trigger.

hogship
01-19-2013, 20:48
It's a grip safety, hog

If you don't depress it, you can't pull the trigger.


Thanks, bac.......that would have been my guess.

As much as I've been around guns all my life, I don't think I've ever seen a "lemon squeezer" before......odd.

ooc

glock1911revolver
01-20-2013, 02:42
She's pretty.

But I would shoot it. I wouldn't bother spending money on anything I wasn't willing to shoot. Registered magnum, python, whatever. I figure that is what they were built for.

I wouldn't look at a woman and say, "She's to beautiful to sleep with."

Congrats, and thanks for the pictures.

bac1023
01-20-2013, 05:18
She's pretty.

But I would shoot it. I wouldn't bother spending money on anything I wasn't willing to shoot. Registered magnum, python, whatever. I figure that is what they were built for.

I wouldn't look at a woman and say, "She's to beautiful to sleep with."

Congrats, and thanks for the pictures.Thanks

I have enough shooters though.

Zombie Steve
01-20-2013, 17:30
I'm a cold Italian pizza, I could use a lemon squeeza...


The Rolling Stones Monkey Man - YouTube

skeeter7
01-21-2013, 03:42
Congrats! Nice little revolver! :thumbsup:

bac1023
01-21-2013, 09:32
I'm a cold Italian pizza, I could use a lemon squeeza...


The Rolling Stones Monkey Man - YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNY8eYmzdH4)

:rofl::rofl:

69HEMI-R/T
01-21-2013, 10:46
Kinda late to this thread but that is a beautiful example of a J frame Smith. First one I have seen with the smooth grips and it looks great.

I had the opportunity a while back to buy a Model 40 but passed after handling it as the grip safety just did not fit my hand well and I was looking for one I would carry at that time. I ended up getting a factory-nickel plated 442 instead and it is my most-carried J frame. Actually have a number of J frame revolvers now but still do not have a Model 40 as they seem to be very scarce for sale around here.

If you look under the grip panels, you will find a pin that can be used to pin the grip safety down in the shooting position. If those grips are original, the pin should be there. If the pin is not there, who knows, they might still be the original grips. Those a nice looking grips anyway.

Stevekozak
01-21-2013, 11:31
Very nice!! Never had the chance to fire one, but they sure do look purty!!

Rleee
01-21-2013, 14:50
Very nice. I have her baby sister, the 640.