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I'm completely illiterate when it comes to firearms, but I've had a pistol for years that used to belong to my grandfather, and I've always wondered about it. The barrel says "38 Long CTG", and on the side of the gun, it says "CIBAR 1924" and has a mark that looks like an elongated "C" with a smaller "GH" inside of the "C". Beyond that, it has a marking that looks somewhat like a shield with an "X" in the middle, and next to that, what appears to be some kind of animal standing on its back legs.

If anyone can offer any information on this gun, I'd really appreciate it. Thanks so much.

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Dont take this as the last word, however I think the gun was made by the Garate Anitua co. and Cibar is the model. It was made in Spain and the value, I think, would be low on the market. I am sure the sentamental value is a lot higher. I hope this is accurate. If not perhaps someone who is more informed will come along.
 

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I do not have my reference materials handy but I would concur that the firearm in question is not likely of great monetary value. The gun is chambered for the 38 Long Colt round which goes by the names 38 Smith and Wesson (S&W) and 38 Colt New Police. One can also shoot 38 Short Colt cartridges in this gun. This is not to be confused with the much more common 38 Special cartridges which are NOT safe to use in your gun. Many of the guns made in Spain during this time were of dubious quality so it might be best to relegate this firearm to "wall hanger" status rather than try to use it. Taking to a gunsmith to have the firing pin removed may be a good idea to prevent an accidental use of the firearm or to prevent its being used against another in the event it gets stolen.
 

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The Cibar might actually be "Eibar", a large gun making region in the Basque region of Spain. They made lots of copies of Colt and S&W revolvers as well as many other pistols from well before WWI thii about WWII.
Quality varied from extremely good to horrible.
Caliber is .38 Long Colt, as stated, NOT .38 Special.

I'd keep it as a family piece, and not shoot it.

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