I have a model 19-3 S&W 6" barrel with Amarking in the crane next to the serial number, it looks like E-10 or maybe C-10. Any body know what this means. Original owner had a pistol smith smooth the action on it but did not know what the marking is for.
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September 9, 2011, 11:33 AM
Odds & ends marks inside the crane cut on S&W revolvers are used by various fitters during the assembly process.
They are used to keep fitted & matching parts together during heat treating and final finish.
Aslo to later identify who did what to each gun.
Pretty much meaningless to anyone except S&W.
September 9, 2011, 11:38 AM
Thanks for your reply. i have had this gun for 10 years and have been curious about it. hunterj61
September 9, 2011, 07:25 PM
Take the grips off and you'll find another treasure trove of mysterious factory markings. Here are the crane and frame markings on my Model 19-4 4".