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Old March 9, 2012, 08:19 PM   #4026
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Your Model 10-6 .38 Military & Police Heavy Barrel was manufactured in 1971.
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Old March 9, 2012, 09:01 PM   #4027
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Radagast:
I am thinking of purchasing this pistol. Could you give me DOB of it.
Model 629-1
SERIAL #AYP55XX.
Barrel: 8 3/8"
Target Grips
Target Hammer
Target Trigger
Caliber: 44 Magnum/ 44 Special
Rear Sights adjustable White outlined
Front Sight Red Ramp
Product Code:103609

Thanking you in advance for your assistance in this matter.
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Old March 9, 2012, 09:16 PM   #4028
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Old March 9, 2012, 09:40 PM   #4029
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(A).38
(B)1"
(C)not sure(aftermarket grips)
(D)5 shot
(E)fixed
Serial Number 50197
I know it is between 1930 and 1942 and that it's called a Terrier,also that it's the dimensionally smallest S&W revolver.
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Old March 10, 2012, 04:11 AM   #4030
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Your .38/32 Terrier was produced between 1936 & 1940. Serial range for those years was 38976 to 54474. The .38/32 refers to a .38 S&W chambering on the .32 sized I frame. It shared the serial range of the square butt .38 Regulation Police. 500 examples of the Regulation Police in the 47440 to 48127 range shipped in January 1938, so 1938 or 1939 seems likely. for your serial number.
There was a smaller S&W Hand Ejector, the .22 long Lady Smith on the tiny M frame. This was probably too small, as the forcing cone is known to crack when shot with long rifle rounds.
The grips on your gun are aftermarket, probably from the 50s or 60s.

ruger1228:
An AYPxxx serial number should date that gun to around February 1988.
Prodict code 1036089, was used between 1984 & 1995 for the non-drilled and tapped version, and from 1995 to 2001 for the drilled and tapped. Specs were stainless, target stocks, combat trigger, target hammer, red ramp front, white outline rear and 8&3/8 inch barrel.
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Old March 10, 2012, 06:43 AM   #4031
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Radagast,
Thank you for taking time to provide information. You provide a great service to S&W owners and it is appreciated.
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Old March 11, 2012, 07:53 PM   #4032
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Radagast,
Could you give me DOB on the following:
S&W Model 29-3
Caliber: .44 Magnum
Serial Number: AHW87xx
Barrel Length: 8 3/8"
Target Grips
Target Hammer
Target Trigger
White Outline Rear Sights
Red Ramp Front Sights
Production Code:101208
Also states on end of box "Spec. Ord." 1570

Any information you can provide will be greatly appreciated. Thanking you in advance.
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Old March 11, 2012, 11:57 PM   #4033
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I this one was my grandfathers, and any extra info would be nice.

A. .22LR
B. 4"
C. Round
D. 6-shot
E. Adjustable sights
F. M212**
G. 34-I or J, could be either lowercase.
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Old March 12, 2012, 01:41 AM   #4034
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Old March 12, 2012, 08:53 AM   #4035
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Your Grandfathers Model 34-1 .22/32 Kit Gun was manufactured in 1969 or 1970, serial range for those years was M1 to M30000, so 1970 seems likely.
These were originally built on the .32 caliber sized I frame, hence .22/32. The Kit gun part of the name refers to a gun that would be thrown in a kit bag when going camping, fishing, etc. The -1 after the model number refers to a design change, in this case a change to the .38 special sized J frame. the I frame was deleted in the early 60s and all of the smaller S&W models were then produced on the J frame.

ruger1228:
Product code 101208 simply refers to an 8&3/8 inch barrel Model 29 produced between 1984 & 1999.
AWHxxxx dates that gun to early 1987. The -3 designation means the gun is not pinned or recessed. This gun predates the Endurance Package design changes intended to prevent the gun going out of time when shot a lot with magnum loads.
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Old March 12, 2012, 09:54 AM   #4036
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Radagast,
Thank you for the information on the Model 29-3.
I have one other S&W Revolver I would like the DOB of
Model 19-3
Barrel: 4"
SN:7K24-6xx
Target Grips
Target Hammer
Target Trigger
Adjustable Rear Sights
Thanking you in advance for your assistance.
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Old March 12, 2012, 03:35 PM   #4037
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Thanks for the info, you are providing a service.
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Old March 12, 2012, 05:59 PM   #4038
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Your Model 19-3 Combat magnum was manufactured in 1974.
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Old March 13, 2012, 11:44 AM   #4039
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Radagast, thank you in advance for the gracious service. The 'sticky thread' listing S&W serial numbers stops at 1980, so I am asking for your help on DOB of my recent purchase of a used non-pinned heavy barrel police trade-in.

a- .38 spl
b- 4" barrel
c- square butt
d- 6 shooter
e- fixed sights
f- AAY5163
g- Model 10-8

Thank you again!

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Old March 13, 2012, 06:16 PM   #4040
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Your Model 10-8 .38 Military & Police Heavy Barrel was manufactured in late 1982.

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Old March 13, 2012, 07:07 PM   #4041
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Thank you for the DOB info. This is the first Model 10 I have held in hand. It is just a delight to hold and the trigger feels better than I could have imagined.

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Old March 14, 2012, 07:10 PM   #4042
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a) .38 SPL
b) 2"
c) round grips shape (wood grain look grip)
d) 6
e) fixed
f) D7206XX
g) 12-2
There is also a number on the swing arm that holds the barrel and that number is 417xx)
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Old March 14, 2012, 07:12 PM   #4043
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It also reads AIRWEIGHT 38 SPL. CTG.
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Old March 14, 2012, 10:52 PM   #4044
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After doing some searching on various internet forums, I think the 12-2 model was introduced in 1962 but the D serial number prefix began in 1967. Do you know when the S&W Airweight 38 SPL CTG Model 12-2 next model number sequence (after the D prefix) began so that I can properly determine how old the gun is? Your help is much appreciated.
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Old March 15, 2012, 06:03 PM   #4045
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Your Model 12-2 .38 Military & Police Airweight was manufactured in 1974 or 1975. Serial range for those years was D659902 to D750000. So 1975 seems likely.
The number under the cylinder yoke is an assembly number, used to track parts in the factory. It has no meaning after the gun was completed.
The grip frame on the early aluminum KA frame airweights is slightly thinner than the more common steel K frame and aftermarket grips may not fit.
The Model 12-2 was produced from 1962 to 1977, when it was replaced by the 12-3.
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Much appreciated, Radagast!
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Old March 15, 2012, 09:19 PM   #4047
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I picked this up today at my local gun shop. Could you provide me with a DOB. Thanking you in advance for your assistance.
Model: 18-2
Caliber: 22
6 shot
4" barrel
Large Square Grips
Serial Number: K5454xx
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Old March 16, 2012, 06:22 PM   #4048
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Congratulations on your catch. My Model 18 is my most used handgun.
Your Model 18-2 K22 Combat Masterpiece was manufactured in 1963.
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Old March 16, 2012, 10:18 PM   #4049
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Model: 15-3 (on crane)
BBL: 1 7/8"
Cal: 38 Special (On Barrel: 38 S&W SPL.)
Grip: Square
# Shots: 6
Sights: Fixed front, Adj. Rear
Serial #: K974318

Would like to know the year of the gun (Mfg. date as well)
Can I use +P loads?
Any Additional info would be welcomed.

Thanks

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Old March 17, 2012, 08:13 AM   #4050
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Your Model 15-3 K38 Combat Masterpiece was manufactured in 1970.
PlusP is fine. S&W do not recommend PlusP in guns made prior to 1957.
The gun is built on the medium sized K frame, there is a large range of aftermarket grips available.
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