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The Smith & Wesson Victory revolver in .38-caliber was produced for use in World War II.
S&W produced 571,629 Victory revolvers for allied countries, while less than 40,000 were made for use by US troops. The first production was the M&P style revolver chambered in the British .38/200 cartridge as part of the Lend Lease Program and sent to England, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. By the time the United States entered the war after the Pearl Harbor attack on December 7th, 1941; S&W added a “V” for victory in front of the serial number. Thus, it became known as the Victory model S&W.