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Old February 7, 2011, 08:53 PM   #2901
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Thank you RADAGAST for the info on DOB of my Mod 49 Bodyguard. .... Estoy999
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Old February 8, 2011, 01:47 AM   #2902
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The Standard Catalog of S&W doesn't give a year to year break down of serial numbers for that model. The best I can give you in 1957-1960. In 1957 model numbers were introduced, in 1960 the I frame Model 35 was replaced with the J frame Model 35-1 around serial number 70000.
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Old February 8, 2011, 02:00 AM   #2903
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Your Model 686-3 Distinguished Combat Magnum Stainless should date to late 1989. Serial numbers in the BFExxxx range shipped in September and in the BEKxxxx range in October 1989. The 686-3 was produced from 1988 to 1993.
Your Model 60-15 .357 Magnum Chiefs Special Stainless Target should date to late 2003 or early 2004. Serial numbers in the CHBxxxx range shipped in November 2001. The 60-15 was produced from 2001.
Your Model 586-4 Distinguished Combat Magnum should date to around late 1995 or early 1996. Serial numbers in the CAMxxxx range shipped in January 1996. The 586-4 was produced from 1993 to 1997.
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Old February 8, 2011, 04:29 PM   #2904
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Hi everyone, new to the forum and first post.
I have the following:
S&W 586-1
.357/.38
6" barrel
Square butt
6-shot
Adjustable rear, fixed front sight
Serial Number: AUV6717
Thank you very much.
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Old February 8, 2011, 05:11 PM   #2905
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i have a smith and wesson six round 38 special, four inch barrel , with serial number s 7263x... not sure which model this is , looking for replacement parts .. would like date of birth and what model it is. seems to be a large frame for a 38 special
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Old February 9, 2011, 03:06 AM   #2906
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If it has fixed sights then you have a .38/44 Heavy Duty (Postwar Transitional) manufactured between 1946 & 1950 in the serial range S62496 to S75206.
The S prefix indicates it has the then new internal hammer block safety which is still used by S&W today.
The gun is built on the .44 sized N frame and was intended to shoot .38 Special Hi Speed rounds, hence the .38/44 name. These rounds are no longer manufactured and were somewhere between a .38 PlusP and a .357 magnum in velocity. As long as mechanical condition is good your gun should be safe with any commercial load or handload published in a reloading book.
The term Postwar Transitional refers to the change over from the pre-war long action to the post war short action which is still used today. According to the Standard Catalog of S&W by the time your gun was produced it should have the short action.
In 1957 the .38/44 Heavy Duty was designated the Model 20.

If the gun has adjustable sights then it is a .38/44 Outdoorsman (Postwar Transitional), the data above applies to this model as well. In 1957 the .38/44 Outdoorsman was designated the model 23.

There is some collectors interest in these old guns so prices are rising. THR members Peter M. Eick & Saxon Pig have posted a fair amount of information about the ones in their collections if you feel like doing some reading using the search function.
Your best bet for spare parts would be www.gunpartscorp.com (gun wreckers) or possibly asking on the S&W forum www.smith-wessonforum.com
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Old February 9, 2011, 03:12 AM   #2907
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Your Model 586-1 Distinguished Combat Magnum was manufactured between Jabuary 1986 (AHCxxxx) & July 1987 (AVBxxxx), so early 1987 seems likely. There is a recall for all 586 & 586-1 S&Ws as with some magnum ammunition the primer could flow back around the firing pin into the firing pin bushing and lock up the cylinder. Under the recall S&W will install a new firing pin and bushing. If your guin has been modified in this way there will be an 'M' for modified stamped after the model number in the yoke cut out.
If it hasn't been modified and you wish to have this done call S&W they will pay shipping both ways.
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Old February 9, 2011, 09:14 AM   #2908
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Looking for a Date and Any other Info (value?)

Hi everyone, new to the forum and first post.

I have the following:
Barrel Reads: .38 S&W Special CTG
.38
4" barrel
Diamond Pattern on Grip
6-shot
Fixed Sights
Serial Number: C 186088
There's another number under the revolver part that reads: 5 T 22353 (or 22333)

Looking forward to hearing back. Thanks!

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Old February 9, 2011, 09:21 AM   #2909
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Hi,
I have inherited an old or at least an old in appearance S&W revolver so here's its particulars, 38 special, 4", I believe it is a round grip, 6 shot, fixed sights, serial number is 169647, it does have a number under the crane in VERY small numbers 2548.
Thanks Pat
If I could figure out how I'd be glad to send a pic. NOT have any luck though.

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Old February 9, 2011, 10:46 AM   #2910
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Radagast, I've a .357 model 13-1 I'd like to know the DOB on.

Model 13-1 Nickel
a) .357 Magnum
b) 4 inch heavy
c) Square
d) 6 shot
e) Fixed sights
f) D9107xx
g) 13-1

Thanks in advance
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Old February 9, 2011, 07:04 PM   #2911
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You have a .38 Military & Police (Postwar) manufactured between 1948 & 1951.
Serial range for those yars was C1 to C223998 to 1950 or 1951 seems likely.
The grips are correct for that period.
S T 22333 are assembly numbers used to track parts in the factory. Thery have no meaning after the gun is completed.

phawk2:
You have a .38 Military & Police Model of 1905 3rd Change manufactured between 1909 & 1915. Serial range for those years was 146900 to 241703, so 1909 or 1910 seems likely.
2548 is an assembly number used to track parts in the factory, it has no meaning after the gun is completed.
Your gun does not have a heat treated cylinder (introduced as serial number 316648) so I recommend that you do not use jacketed, semi jacketed, PlusP or +P+ ammunition in this old gun. Stick to standard velocity lead loads.
It also predates the postive hammer block safety introduced during World War II, if dropped it could fire. I suggest you leave the chamber under the hammer empty.

Woodlecj:
Your Model 13-1 .357 Magnum Military & Police Heavy Barrel was manufactured in 1976 or 1977. Serial range for those years was D870001 to D999999, so 1977 seems likely.
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Old February 10, 2011, 08:42 PM   #2912
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Greetings....
I just got this little guy today. Cosmetics are so-so but it is tight, indexes perfectly and has a clean shiny bore:

S&W Chief Special, flat cylinder release
.38 sp
1 7/8" barrel
Round butt
5-shot
Fixed rear, fixed front sight
Serial Number: 763XX

Curious about the DOB of this gun...

Cheers,
Ron
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Old February 10, 2011, 11:53 PM   #2913
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Hi, I new here and its my first post

I have an opportunity to trade for this gun in its original box.

1) .38 special m&p
2) 2"
3) square butt, walnut checkered
4) 6 shots
5) fixed sights
6) s/n c 1013xx
7) I do not see a model number

I was told that this gun was made in the early 1950's and it is in EXCELLENT shape. I was told that it had never been fired. Any idea what type of value on this gun. I have a Ruger LCP that the owner of the S&W wants. What do you think?
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Old February 11, 2011, 02:29 AM   #2914
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Your Postwar ,38 Military & Police was manufactured 1948-1951. It's probably worth around $350 today, they are fine firearms, but there are a lot of them out there.

LordDunsany:
Your Chiefs Special was manufactured between 1955 & 1957, the 1955 serial range ran to at least 75000, so 1955 or early 1956 is likely.
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Old February 11, 2011, 03:31 AM   #2915
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Hey Radagast, I was wondering if you could look up this Performance Center 629 for me.

Performance Center 629

a) .44 magnum
b) 6 inch
c) round
d) 6 shots
e) adjustable
f) MHR0231
g) 629-5



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Old February 11, 2011, 06:10 AM   #2916
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Appears to be a 2000 model. Product code 170149, DymondWood grips, unfluted cylinder, comped barrel. SCSW dopesn't note the weighted barrel. The 629-5 was produced from 1997 to 2001, so it fits the time span.
There was a six inch 629 Hunter with removable weights, Product code 170072, around 1996/97, but that one didn't have the ports.
This gun is young enough that a call to S&W may get you the correct date or if you have the paperwork and it lists a different product code, post it and I'll look it up.
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Old February 11, 2011, 10:26 AM   #2917
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thanks man that seems to be pretty spot on

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Old February 11, 2011, 02:34 PM   #2918
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D.O.B. please

S&W model 28-2 Highway Patrolman
4 inch bbl. .357 mag
serial# N456xx
square butt
6 shot
adjustable rear sight fixed front
on the crane assembly the number 422c5
Thank You in advance.. MC
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Old February 11, 2011, 06:55 PM   #2919
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Need to date a Regulation Police. Thank you for the help once again

38 S&W
4" Barrel
Round Butt
5 Shot
Fixed (Front is a half moon)
47151 (Serial # also under the barrel reads R 47151)
No Model Number.

Thanks again for the help,

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Old February 11, 2011, 07:28 PM   #2920
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Standard N frame grips should work, they may not be a perfect fit along the backstrap though as the old method was to grind the grips and the frame together to get perfect alignment. I would expect the fit to be as good as you get today.
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Old February 11, 2011, 07:35 PM   #2921
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The standard Catalog of S&W doesn't give a year by year breakdown on that model, the best I can give you is between 1925 (serial number 2786x) and 1940 (serial number 54474).

About 3000 guns a year were produced from 1917 to 1925, so you could extrapolate that to a 1930 year of production. Because the great depression started in 1928 and would have slowed sales, I'm guessing early to mid 1930s.
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Old February 11, 2011, 07:39 PM   #2922
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Your Model 28-2 Highway Patrolman was produced between 191969 & 1972. Serial range for that period was N1 to N100000.
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Old February 11, 2011, 07:57 PM   #2923
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thanks Radagast. i really appreciate it.
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Old February 12, 2011, 12:57 PM   #2924
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Hello, my wife's grandfather is a retired police officer. His father was also a police officer, and originally carried a S&W Hand Ejector in 38 Special. The serial is 248XX. From some digging on the internet I found it may have been made in 1906. Can someone please verify?
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Old February 12, 2011, 02:55 PM   #2925
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Hello, I'm new to the site. I was hoping someone could determine the year of manufacture for a Smith Model 60. 2 inch barrel, 5 shot, .38, round butt, j frame. No letter prefix for serial number 6216xx. Thanks for the help!
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