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Identity and Date of Manufacture of S&W Revolvers

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Brian Williams, Jun 21, 2008.

  1. highorder

    highorder Well-Known Member

    It's not old, or special, but I would like to know!

    a) .38 S&W Special
    b) 4"
    c) round
    d) 6
    e) fixed
    f) CHR 5292
    g) 10-14
  2. Radagast

    Radagast Well-Known Member

    highorder: Late 2004 or early 2005. My guess is 2004.
  3. sarge83

    sarge83 Well-Known Member

    Found another gorgeous pre-model 10 five screw, snubbie serial 5699##* there is what looks like a * at the end of the numbers. Any ideas on the birthday? Thanks in advance and for the last look up as well!
  4. Radagast

    Radagast Well-Known Member

    A star stamped after the serial number (not an asterisk) means a factory rework at some time.
    If its an asterisk then I don't know what it signifies.
    You have a .38 Military & Police model of 1905 4th Change manufactured between 1927 & 1930. Serial range for those years was 500000 to 630000, so If I had to guess I would say 1929.
  5. sarge83

    sarge83 Well-Known Member

    I meant a star just couldn't find a symbol for the star on my keyboard.

    Interesting a factory rework. I didn't know that. I appreciate the info!
  6. 788Ham

    788Ham Well-Known Member

    S&W 38-44, 4" bbl., 6 shot, rnd butt, blued. when made? Thanks!
  7. nighhawk

    nighhawk Member

    s&w identification

    Mod.13-4 bhf967x 4"bull barrel, square butt k-frame what can you tell me about this gun. year of manufacture.?
  8. Radagast

    Radagast Well-Known Member

    The .38-44 Heavy Duty with fixed sights & the .38-44 Outdoorsman with adjustable sights were manufactured from 1930 to 1966. All were produced on a square butt frame.
    I'll need the serial number to give you a year.

    Your Model 13-4 .357 Magnum Military & Police Heavy Barrel was manufactured in 1991.
  9. uriel

    uriel Active Member

    Hi. I just bought a no-lock 638, black, with this marking: CCH 4924. Is this a model in the 2000's or earlier?
  10. Radagast

    Radagast Well-Known Member

    uriel: That serial number dates to late 1997 or early 1998.
    The 638-2 .38 Bodyguard Airweight Stainless on the J Magnum frame was manufactured from 1996 to 2002. The 638-1 on the .38 special frame was produced from 1989 to 1996. If you have a .38 special frame then its one of the last ones produced.
  11. wrs840

    wrs840 Well-Known Member

    Model 36-1, .38sp, 3" heavy bbl, blued, fixed sights. s.n. J8580xx

    Thanks for your help in Advance Radagast !
  12. Radagast

    Radagast Well-Known Member

    Your Model 36-1 Chiefs Special Heavy Barrel was manufactured in 1981.
  13. slimpickens

    slimpickens Well-Known Member

    Birth Date Please for 696

    S&W 696--- Serial # CBT 77**
    .44 special caliber five shot
    three inch barrel full lug
    red tip front sight, adjustable rear
    Uncle Mike factory grips
  14. shinerjohn

    shinerjohn Active Member

    a) .38 S&W SPL.
    b) 1 7/8"
    c) round butt
    d) 5 shot
    e) fixed sights
    f) BAE279X
    g) MOD. 60
    Last edited: Oct 4, 2012
  15. wlewisiii

    wlewisiii Well-Known Member

    Went crazy at the pawn shop and put a new toy on layaway.

    a) .45 Colt
    b) 4"
    c) Didn't check. It'll need some Ahrend's though... ;)
    d) 6
    e) adjustable
    f) CJJ3330
    g) 625-9 "Mountain Gun"
  16. Radagast

    Radagast Well-Known Member

    Serial ranges in the Standard Catalog of S&W run up to 2004. Your gun was made after that date. There were limited runs of the 629-4 mountain gun in 2006 & 2008. Based on the rate of serial number take up in the years leading up to 2004 I would expect the CJJxxxx range to have been used in 2006. So my guesstimate is 2006.

    Your Model 60 Chiefs Special Stainless was manufactured in 1988.

    Your Model 696 .44 Special L Frame Stainless was in 1996 or 1997. This model was introduced in December 1996 with serial numbers starting at CBS2xxx.
    My guess is an early to mid 1997 shipping date.
  17. shinerjohn

    shinerjohn Active Member

    Thanks, Bryan.
  18. wlewisiii

    wlewisiii Well-Known Member

    Near enough to brand new then. The pawn broker says it's only had one previous owner (little old lady, only drove it on Sundays, etc ;) ) but you know how that goes.

  19. slimpickens

    slimpickens Well-Known Member

    Thank you, radagast. Slimpickens
  20. bdb benzino

    bdb benzino Well-Known Member

    38 spl
    1 7/8"
    round butt
    5 shot
    fixed sights

    Thanks in advance!

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