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. 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? 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.