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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. tbreihan

    tbreihan Well-Known Member

    Thank you, sir! Much appreciated!
  2. Spartacus

    Spartacus Well-Known Member

    Another one from Bud's

    .38 Special
    6 shot
    Fixed sights
  3. Radagast

    Radagast Well-Known Member

    Your Model 10-8 .38 Military & Police heavy barrel was manufactured in 1981.
  4. Spartacus

    Spartacus Well-Known Member

    Awesome. Thank you, sir.
  5. pittspilot

    pittspilot Well-Known Member

    Another bucket list gun.

    2.5 barrel

  6. Radagast

    Radagast Well-Known Member

    Your Model 66-3 Combat Magnum Stainless was manufactured in 1988. Serial number BBT2293 shipped in October of that year.
  7. VaguelyUseful

    VaguelyUseful New Member

    Another Bud's special...

    .38 Special
    6 shot
    Fixed sights
  8. Radagast

    Radagast Well-Known Member


    Your Model 10-11 .38 Military & Police tapered barrel is relatively new. The serial number ranges in the Standard Catalog of S&W go up to CTAxxxx in October 2004, so I would guesstimate your gun as late 2005.
    Because it is relatively new it should be in S&W's computerized records and a call to S&W customer service may get you a shipping date.
  9. ruger1228

    ruger1228 Well-Known Member

    32-20 wcf

    Picked up a S&W 32-20 yesterday. I believe it is a 32-20 Model of 1905.
    Caliber 32-20
    Barrel 5 inches
    6 shot with fluted cylinder
    Wood grips with diamond center- No S&W emblem on grips
    Smooth Trigger
    SMITH & WESSON on one side of barrel
    32-20 CTG on other side of barrel
    Could you give me any information on the revolver and approximate
    date of manufacture?
    Thanking you in Advance.
  10. Radagast

    Radagast Well-Known Member

    Your .32-20 Hand Ejector Model of 1905 4th Change was probably manufactured manufactured in 1924. Serial number 120129 shipped in February of that year and serial number 125183 shipped in March, so it is likely that your gun was made shortly after. Mass production of the .32-20 effectively ended with the onset of the great depression, although it remained cataloged until 1940.
    Your gun has a heat treated cylinder and should be fine with any current factory .32-20 ammunition.
    Do not shoot any old jacketed ammo through it. The .32-20 Hi-Speed was rifle only ammunition and has a reputation for bulging the barrels of S&Ws.
    Current ammo is lead only and loaded to be safe in these revolvers.
    This model lacks the current positive hammer block developed in 1944 after a fatality with a dropped gun. Treat it as a 5 shooter, leaving the hammer down on an empty chamber.
    Collector value for these guns is higher than for a similar .38 special, but they are not in the Registered Magnum range.
  11. edwardyoung

    edwardyoung Well-Known Member

    If I may,

    2 1/2"
    6 shot
    RB Currently wearing Pachmayrs. Should it have come with Uncle Mike's?
    Adj sights
    Model 66-2

  12. Radagast

    Radagast Well-Known Member

    Your Model 66-2 .357 Combat Magnum Stainless was manufactured in 1983. The original grips would have been round butt Magna timber grips. Uncle Mikes were standard from 1994.
  13. edwardyoung

    edwardyoung Well-Known Member

    Thanks again, Radagast
  14. RJTravel

    RJTravel Well-Known Member

    Just acquired a mod 640-3 .357 mag, ser #CJF59XX. Any idea?
    Thanks in advance.
  15. Radagast

    Radagast Well-Known Member

    Your Model 640-3 .357 Magnum Centennial Stainless was manufactured after 2004, the last year the Standard Catalog of S&W gives serial ranges for. My guesstimate is late 2005 or 2006, based on the rate of production in the two years prior to that.
    A call to S&W customer service should get you the year, as it was manufactured after they computerized their records.
  16. mavracer

    mavracer Well-Known Member

    52-2 sn a5237xx ?
  17. jimbo555

    jimbo555 Well-Known Member

    Model 1905,38spl. 6shot serial number 105xxx.round butt. Is it a first or second change?

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  18. Radagast

    Radagast Well-Known Member

    Your Model 52-2 was manufactured in 1978 or 1979. Serial range for those years was A475991 to 565000, So if I had to guess I would say 1979.

    It could be either. The 1st change and 2nd change shared the serial range 73251 to 146899, manufactured between 1906 & 1909.
    The only potential difference noted in the Standard Catalog of S&W is that the 2nd Change had two dowel pins in the extractor star.
  19. jimbo555

    jimbo555 Well-Known Member

    Thank you Radagast,I should pick it up at the lgs today and I'll check the dowels.
  20. DonP

    DonP Well-Known Member

    a) caliber - .357 Magnum
    b) bbl length (from cylinder to muzzle) 6 inch
    c) grips shape (round or square) Square - checkered wood
    d) number of shots/cylinder bores - 6
    e) type of sights. - adjustable
    f) serial number, and if there is a letter in front of or anywhere near the s/n on the bottom of the grip AYL00XX
    g) Model number if it is under the crane. 686-1 with an M stamp

    Any assistance is always appreciated.

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