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Old October 26, 2008, 01:39 PM   #376
Brno ZKK-601
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Help with .38 Spcl Mfg Date!!

Hello! I am relatively new to the forum, but have found it EXTREMELY useful.

The thing is, I have a .38 Special S&W, and used the "Common S&W Identifying Features" thread, but have been unable to identify my weapon.

The serial number is 6952?? and under the barrel, where the extractor is located there is another number, 28566.

Any idea on what model it is? It seems as a 4", but no idea on the rest.

Thank you very much!


a) caliber: .38 special
b) barrel length: 4"
c) grips shape: (round or square)
d) rounds: 6
e) sights: fixed front, rear I don't see one, just a cavity or kind of cut out.
f) serial number: 6952?? (I didn't put the final 2 numbers because of legal things here in Costa Rica)
g) I am not sure what the crane is, but this number (28566) is below the barrel, where the extractor is fitted when the cylinder is locked in place.

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Old October 26, 2008, 09:08 PM   #377
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I have a SMith and Wesson revolver with the following features.

1.) Four inch barrel.

2.) Caliber 44 magnum

3.) Serial number S 1802XX

4.) Another number that appears on the crane and the SIDE of the grip frame, almost at the bottom: G 90219.

I was under the understanding that all 44 magnums after 179000 were identified as model 29s, but that appears nowhere on the handgun. It is nickel plated, although it appears to have been refinished. It has a gold hammer and trigger, and some kind of aftermarket grips. I bought it for a shooter, but I hope someone can tell me it is only worth a shooter price before I have it re nickelled.
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Old October 31, 2008, 07:07 PM   #378
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Thanks for the information, I was guessing early to mid 60's. This 12-2 I bought from a fellow at work whose wife no longer wanted it in the house. $275 for new in box. Even has the anti-rust paper and cleaning brush with it. It's a 2" roundbutt snubby and amazingly accurate. Even a blind hog finds an acorn every now and then!
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Old November 1, 2008, 01:36 PM   #379
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Brno ZKK-601: You have a .38 Special Hand Ejector M&P, commonly called a .38 M&P or just M&P. Later models are referred to as the Pre-Model 10, and then the Model 10 when S&W began Model numbering. Yours was likely built in the early 1940s, probably 1941 or 42.

docmagnum357: S&W model numbering began in 1957, and your serial would be in the middle of the 57-58 range. S&W dating of this period is not always 100% reliable because of S&W's frame manufacturing. If it did have a model number stamping, it would be inside the crane on the frame and it would say 'Mod. 29.' If it's not there, then you have a pre-Model 29 manufactured in 1957-58. I can't say if S&W ever made a nickel gun with gold-plated hammer and trigger, but it sounds like an aftermarket job. As such, any 'collector's' value has been destroyed and a further renickel would do little to detract from the value.

bigmtnman: You lucky dog! That's quite a steal. A 2" K-frame is a really cool creature, especially an Airweight.
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Old November 1, 2008, 03:36 PM   #380
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I just bought a mod. 926, but they neglected to write in the prefix. here's what I know:
a) .38 S&W
b) 4in
c) grips shape: square wood w/H&R logo
d) 5 shot
e) Rear sight lifts to break top
f) 138568
g) Model number 926
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Old November 1, 2008, 08:49 PM   #381
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Thanks, Shade 00.
I will have this gun Re nickeled asap. It looks pretty good, not too pimpy. It will be my Sunday go to meeting gun. I will likely carry it in a Rob Lehy Sourdough with some floral carving, etc. It should be a real nice rig.I love the way it shoots 250 grain Keiths at about 100 to 1100 feet per second. Annd it's accurate, too.
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Old November 2, 2008, 08:15 PM   #382
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I have a S&W Centennial Stainless 640 rated for +P+ with a serial number of CEN01XX. Can someone tell me the approximate age which I think may be early 1990 and how many of these +P+ Centennials were made? Thanks.
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Old November 2, 2008, 09:11 PM   #383
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a) 38 S&W
b) 2.5"
c) Square
d) 5
e) Fixed
f) B16284

Thank you!!
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Old November 2, 2008, 09:44 PM   #384
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Hey Brian, great information! Thank you from all of us S&W wheel gunners. Here are my two......

a.) .38 S&W
b.) 5" bbl
c.) 6 shot
d.) fixed front/notch rear
e.) 828xxx
f.) .38/200 British contract

a.) .357 magnum
b.) 2.5" bbl
c.) 7 shot
d.) fixed front ramp/adjustable rear
e.) CDE3xxx
f.) 686-5+

I am anticipating your response and thanks again.

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Old November 2, 2008, 09:47 PM   #385
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Sorry, #1 has the original wood square butt grip & #2 came with round butt pachmayers (I think), but they now wear wood Hogue grips. Thanks again
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Old November 2, 2008, 09:55 PM   #386
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6 shot
4 inch bbl
full lug
stainless steel
large square walnut grips
orange ramped front sight
adjustablre rear sight
combat hammer and trigger
L-frame I think
serial # it has one
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Old November 3, 2008, 10:55 PM   #387
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This was my Granddads S&W he gave it to me before he passed 25 years ago. Any info would be appreciated.

a) .38 S&W Special
b) 6"
c) Round
d) Six
e) Adjustable
f) 3966XX
g) 18512 on the crane and frame side of crane.
The serial number is also under the barrel and on the end/face of cylinder

Here are a couple of pictures.

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Old November 4, 2008, 05:00 PM   #388
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a) 38 special
b) 5"
c) Square
d) 6
e) Fixed
f) 506618

Thank you!!
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Old November 6, 2008, 12:55 PM   #389
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My S&W

I have a Highway Patrolman with the following info.

a) .357
b) 4"
c) Square
d) 6 shot
e) Ramp front / adjustable rear
f) N 585xxx
g) MOD. 28-2

Thanks and this site is great!!

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Old November 8, 2008, 11:09 PM   #390
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a) .357 Magnum
b) 3 inch
c) round butt
d) 6 shot
e) fixed
f) AAV90XX
g) Model 13-3

Just wondering.

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Old November 8, 2008, 11:42 PM   #391
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Sorry it's been a while, I will get to these on the morrow.
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Old November 12, 2008, 02:32 PM   #392
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I just got a new (used) one for you.
S&W 29-6
44 Mag
round butt
6 inch
Adj sights
sn# BST 8380

Thanks, I appreciate it.
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Old November 13, 2008, 09:47 AM   #393
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I inherited this .38 from my father. It was my grandfather's service weapon when he was a police officer. He was a cop in the 40s-60s. Any info would be great.

It's a 38 with a 5 inch barrel (from cylinder). The number on the butt is 75 with no letter. I have included photos.



The grips are some fake pearl handles that my father put on. My grandfather had REAL pearl handles on it, which I have and plan to put back on the weapon after I have in reblued.

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Old November 13, 2008, 11:06 PM   #394
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Looking for info

a. .38 S&W SPECIAL
b. 1 7/8"
c. round
d. 5 shot
e. fixed
f. 342884
g. Model 49

Thanks for any info...great site
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Old November 14, 2008, 10:40 PM   #395
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Haze CEN01XX Between Oct 2000 and Jul 2001

Nighthawk98TJ B16284 this is probably a factory mark and not the serial number, look at the butt it should be there.

66912 828xxx this should have a letter prefix, if it is a V it would be late war, but it might be around 1906 to 1909
CDE3xxx would be around Mar 1999

KINGMAX 686-1 were made around 1987

salvo 3966xx sorry but it would be anywhere between 1915 and 1942, near the middle but one never knows with S&W.

wnycollector 506618 would be somewhere between 1915 and 42 also

jcnaz N 585xxx between 78 and 80

Elm Creek Smith AAV90XX between oct 82 and dec 82

Ric BST 8380 Late 94

wac764 607648 somewhere around 39 to 41.

tj03clipper 342884 around 65
Sorry it took awhile, but these are close
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Old November 16, 2008, 03:14 PM   #396
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A .38
B. 4"
c. Round
D. 6
E. Fixed
F. 297332

Any info is greatly appreciated....thanks!
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Old November 16, 2008, 06:44 PM   #397
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Hi Brian, That can't be right as i've had it since the early 90's....hmmmm. Double check when you get a chance. Thanks!
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Old November 17, 2008, 01:23 PM   #398
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a) caliber
b) bbl length (from cylinder to muzzle)
c) grips shape (round or square)
d) number of shots/cylinder bores
e) type of sights.
f) serial number, and if there is a letter in front of or anywhere near the s/n on the bottom of the grip
g) Model number if it is under the crane.
That number, if it is the s/n, should come from the butt of the grip (or under the barrel or face of the cylinder).
Ok, I've got two I'd like to know about.

First: Mod 10-6
A) .38 S&W Special
B) 4"
C) Square
D) 6
E) Fixed
F) D8196xx
G) 10-6
H) Also stamped on it, in various places are "A8," "G6," and a boxed M and a circled D.

Second: Mod 14 (no dash)
A) .38 S&W Special
B) 6"
C) Square
D) 6
E) Adjustable
F) K 3522xx
G) 14 (no dash)

Both have hammer mounted firing pins, pinned barrels, but neither has recessed chambers. The 14 is a beautiful deep polished blue, the 10-6 has a LOT of holster wear.

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Old November 18, 2008, 10:41 PM   #399
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Bought this Distinguished Combat Mag 357 from a friend around 1985, didn't see any dash or number. It's awesome, I'm guessing 1980 to 1983 ??

a) 357
b) 4"
c) square grips
d) 6 shot
e) orange front and adjustable rear
f) AEJ74XX
g) Model 686

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Old November 19, 2008, 01:36 AM   #400
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a) .38 SPL
b) 1 7/8"
c) round
d) 5
e) fixed
f) J1550XX
g) Mod. 36

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38 special, k frame, model 10

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