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trying to identify a pre 10

Discussion in 'Firearms Research' started by meyek, Nov 14, 2012.

  1. meyek

    meyek New Member

    I thought it would be easy to ID a S&W out of my S&W book but I found it to be harder than I thought. I usually am too busy to contribute much or maybe most of the time I don't have much to contribute. But I can do a paid subscription as I believe gun boards are necessary.So I try to help.
    So back to my question I have a pre 10 revolver I am going to post but I can't date it specifically the serial number is C344258 and the number on the crane is 10156. I forget when counting the screws on the right side if the strain screw counts so it's 4 and a spring strain screw. Square butt 6 shot 38 special CTG. You would think a collector would know but the truth is I see so many different firearms I can't keep them all together even with all the books I have.
    I figure it is a pre 10 but I can't nail it down like most I see.
    so I couldn't even figure out how to introduce myself on that area so I thought I would just jump in with my question. Hope you don't mind.
    Thanks in advance for your help.

    FIVETWOSEVEN Well-Known Member

  3. nofishbob

    nofishbob Well-Known Member

    Welcome to The High Road!

    Good luck with your identification.

  4. Jim Watson

    Jim Watson Well-Known Member

    Looks like it is out of the mid-1950s.

    I prefer to call it a Military and Police like S&W did, but it probably qualifies as a "pre-10" as one collector explained it. It is a pre-10 because it was made before model numbers were assigned, but it is of the same generation as the guns given numbers in 1957-8.
  5. tipoc

    tipoc Well-Known Member

    So what you have is a post war M&P made after 1948 and before 1957 when they became the Model 10. Likely, given the serial number you give, from the early 50s. A clear picture would help some.

    How long a barrel?

  6. meyek

    meyek New Member

    Much Thanks

    I really appreciate all the replies
  7. Jim K

    Jim K Well-Known Member

    The numbers on the crane and the frame adjacent are assembly numbers, of no interest after the gun was completed.


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