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Smith and Wesson 357 Mag

Discussion in 'Firearms Research' started by Greg Franklin, Feb 28, 2009.

  1. Greg Franklin

    Greg Franklin Member

    I need help identifing the model number for this revolver, The serial # is S159257 It has standard markings but nothing for a model. It is blue with a 6 inch barrell. Thanks
  2. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    It is an N-Frame made around 1956-57.

    If it doesn't have the model number stamped inside the cylinder crane cut in the frame:
    Could be a pre-Model 27 .357 Magnum. (Very high-polish blue)
    Could be a pre-Model 28 Highway Patrolman. (Matt finish blue)

    But more info or a picture is needed to make a really positive I.D.

  3. Greg Franklin

    Greg Franklin Member

    It say's S15 9257 then closer to the cylender is stamped Z
    Thanks again.
  4. Greg Franklin

    Greg Franklin Member

    it also has 64358 stamped on it
  5. Jim K

    Jim K Well-Known Member

    The "S" number on the butt is the serial number. The number inside on the crane and frame is an assembly number. S&W did not use model numbers until 1958 and your gun was made before that, in 1956 or 1957.

  6. Greg Franklin

    Greg Franklin Member

    How would I determine what model it is?
    Thank You
  7. Greg Franklin

    Greg Franklin Member

    Thanks Jim
    I would like to identify the model of the gun. It was my Grandfathers and very important to me.
    Thanks for the help.
  8. Oro

    Oro Well-Known Member

    rcmodel has given you the method - examine the finish. If it is high polish with a checkered top strap and sight tang, it's probably a ".357 Magnum" model (aka, pre-27). If it is matte with a smooth top strap and sight tang, it's likely a "Highway Patrolman"(aka, pre-28).

    If you want a certain ID, a picture is necessary. S&W put many models in the same serial number run, so it's not possible to be more precise without a photo. Also, over decades, things get broken, fixed, modified and altered. Often several times. Taking a look at several detailed photographs can let someone here give you a better answer.

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