Taurus Model 88 and Model 889 in .38 Special were manufactured prior to 1994 and often were purchased by law enforcement agencies in Central and South America. There's been a flood of them on the US market as of late due to police agencies upgrading their guns. The 889 is different from the 88 in that it has a vent rib on the barrel, I believe. I'm posting this from memory so some of this may be off a bit, but that's the long and short of it. I've got a Model 669 6" SS from the same era. It's an excellent shooter. Mine was not a service gun. Most of the service guns have a lanyard loop in the butt and show quite a bit of wear, but most of them have been shot very little.