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Model 59 S&W

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by sgt103, Nov 2, 2007.

  1. sgt103

    sgt103 New Member

    Nov 2, 2007
    Several years ago I purchased a used Model 59. The barrel had been replaced and it looked like a gunsmith had gone over the gun completely.

    I was going to replace the grips and found the following etched inside LVMPD. It probably means Las Vegas Metro PD but I could be wrong about that. Also I am curious as to when this gun was manufactured. The Serial # is A174972 and is located just above where model 59 is stamped.

    Any information would be appreciated. Stay Safe Roger
  2. bannockburn

    bannockburn Well-Known Member

    Apr 24, 2007

    I don't have access to any S&W serial number listings, but while I was looking for another article in my collection of old Guns&Ammo magazines, I came across their April '73 issue. Right on the cover is the new S&W Model 59, serial number A170525. Since this was probably written some 2 to 3 months prior to the gun's release, I would think that your gun could possibly be the same year, or just a little after that.

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