All matching numbers, down the the grips. I do not have a history letter from S&W can be had for $10 or so. Ser Number puts it just before or at beginning of WWII. This is NOT a .38 speicial. it is chambered for the .38 S&W CTG (or if I understand right the 38-200). At some point in the past, some one did in fact ream the chamber deeper so that a .38 spacial will seat, this is not a good idea or recommended. It does not affect the original cambering at all. This was likely a Lend-lease, it is not stamped with a V. Its a great shooter. $325.00 FTF in washington. Trades welcomed! Would love to have a 22 pistol. older auto. Project bolt actions something like a mauser or remmy. Hit me up with something. if in another state, I will possibly send to a FFL of your choice. PM to inquire. Im looking to acquire a XD9 service or tactical for the wife.