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Old July 19, 2013, 07:35 PM   #5076
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Your Model 28-3 Highway Patrolman dates to late 1985. Guns in the N953xxx range shipped in June 1985.
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Old July 20, 2013, 10:06 AM   #5077
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Excellent. Thanks.
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Old July 20, 2013, 08:19 PM   #5078
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Ragagast, if I can ask you here..I have a 1982, 586 no dash. You mentioned in another thread about the recall for this model. I have had this Smith for over 15 years and had no problems. Is it necessary to send it in for the mod?
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Old July 21, 2013, 12:25 AM   #5079
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Probably not. If you haven't had any issues by now I doubt its going to come up in the future. But its your decision to make. I've only read three reports of guns locking up. IIRC all of them were stainless 686s.
FWIW I've been on gun forums since 1997ish starting with the old Shooters.com, THR since the beginning, TFL before that and I've answered most of the questions in this thread in the last 4 years.
Now get off my lawn! :P
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Old July 21, 2013, 05:33 PM   #5080
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Aye Aye, sir..
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Old July 21, 2013, 08:58 PM   #5081
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Hmmm... Re-reading my last post, my attempt at humor may not have been clear. I was simply making the point that I'm an old gun forum nerd and reports of issues with the 686 are very rare.
Generally any report of a major issue will be blown out of proportion and argued to death on forums looking for a change from the inevitable 9mm vs .45 / Glock vs 1911 type arguments.
Even during the S&W boycott brought on by the previous owners deal with the Clinton regime the 686 firing pin issue was not brought up, even though there was a sudden outpouring of generic claims that S&W quality control and value was no better than Taurus.

TL,DR: If I was carrying one for self defense with magnum ammo, I would have the work done. Otherwise I personally would not bother. Only you can make the call re your gun.
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Old July 21, 2013, 09:39 PM   #5082
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Hey, I read it as you wrote it, thanks for your insight and all you do here..
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Old July 21, 2013, 11:32 PM   #5083
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Cool.
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Old July 22, 2013, 01:34 AM   #5084
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Rad, you are the best!!!! you do this time and time again never asking anything in return and, I for one think you are a bad mama jama!!!! I've never known anyone who has put so much into a thread like this. I belive many people are beholdin to you here, and I just want you to know (and I'm sure I speak for us all) I appreciate you and the time you put into doin this for us all! Good on ya mate! And thanks, even if you are from down under.
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Old July 22, 2013, 06:05 AM   #5085
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Thanks. I do it because I enjoy it and it allows me to contribute to the shooting community. as for being from down under? Being the next superior step in the evolution of man is a plus point, not a negative. For example we have discovered a complete major food group to complement the original sugar, starch, grease and burnt crunchy bits. You need to try Vegemite. :P
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Old July 25, 2013, 09:01 PM   #5086
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I have two that I need dated please.


a) .38 S&W
b) 3"
c) round
d) 5
e) fixed, very tiny
f) 22005x
g) Safety Hammerless


a) .38 S&W Special
b) 1 and 7/8"
c) square
d) 5
e) fixed
f) 2926xx
g) Model 36 No Dash and on crane itself is "58123 E"


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Old July 26, 2013, 12:21 PM   #5087
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Your .38 Safety Hammerless 5th Model was manufactured in 1907.
Your .38 Model 36 Chiefs Special was manufactured in 1962. 58123E is an assembly number, used to track parts in the factory.
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Old July 27, 2013, 12:07 AM   #5088
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Your .38 Safety Hammerless 5th Model was manufactured in 1907.
Your .38 Model 36 Chiefs Special was manufactured in 1962. 58123E is an assembly number, used to track parts in the factory.
Thank you Radagast.

Why is it called the 5th Model?
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Old July 27, 2013, 01:42 AM   #5089
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It was the fifth design variant from the original .38 Safety Hammerless introduced in 1887. The 5th Model theoretically continued in production until 1940, demand would have been killed by the Great Depression and the introduction of the swing out cylinder .38/32 Terrier in 1936.
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Old July 29, 2013, 12:44 AM   #5090
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S&W 686
a) .357mag
b) 6" barrel
c) -
d) 6 shot
e) adjustable rear, red insert front
f) #bua3951
g) -
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Old July 29, 2013, 09:40 AM   #5091
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Your Model 686 Distinguished Combat Magnum Stainless was manufactured between August 1994 (BRFxxxx) & January 1996 (CAMxxxx).
So 1995 is almost certain, with a slight chance of late 1994.
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Old July 29, 2013, 01:12 PM   #5092
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S&W 67 No Dash

Just traded for this one and would like to know some more info on it.

A) 38 Special
B) 4"
C) Square
D) 6 shot
E) Adjustable Sights
F) 5K23XX
G) Model 67
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Old July 29, 2013, 04:32 PM   #5093
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S&W Model 33 (no dash)

I am in possession of a blued Model 33 4" bbl .38 S&W S/N 87xxx. I wondered when it was manufactured.

Also a blued Model 10-5 2" square butt .38 Special, S/N D164xxx. Year of mfg?
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Old July 29, 2013, 07:40 PM   #5094
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Your Model 10-5 .38 Military & Police tapered barrel was manufactured in 1969 or 1970, serial range for those years was D90001 to D330000, so 1969 seems likely.

Your Model 33 .38 Regulation Police falls in the period 1957, when model numbers were introduced and 1961 when the switch from the I frame to the slightly larger J frame Model 33-1 occurred.
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Old July 29, 2013, 07:42 PM   #5095
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Your Model 67 .38 Combat Masterpiece Stainless was manufactured in 1973.
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Old July 29, 2013, 09:41 PM   #5096
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Thanks for the info Radagast. Can't wait to shoot it.
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Old July 29, 2013, 10:15 PM   #5097
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Please tell me about this old gun

Hello everyone

I have an old S&W Revolver I would love to know more about

a) .38 Special
b) 4"
c) Square
d) 6
e) fixed
f) P2220 on the gun butt
g) 64-3

My wife, son and I all got our Conceal Weapons Permits using this revolver for the shooting portion. We all love the way the pistol handles.
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Old July 30, 2013, 08:35 AM   #5098
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You have a Model 64-3 .38 Military & Police Stainless Heavy Barrel manufactured between 1977 & 1988. The serial number should be in the range D870001 to D999999 then 1D1 to 30D9291, after that the serial numbers ran in a range AAA0000 to BDC0001.
Check the serial number again and get back to me.
The gun is a K frame, Any aftermarket square butt K frame grips will fit it. It should be perfectly fine to shoot with any standard pressure or PlusP marked ammunition. Police only +P+ ammo should not be used as there is no industry standard for +P+.
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Old July 30, 2013, 08:59 PM   #5099
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smith and wesson serial number questions

i have a smith and wesson 38 special ctg.
i am trying to find out the date of this gun.
serial # is c43197
6 shot
looks like a 2 in barrel
a detroit police engraving on the back between the pearl handles.
nickle plated.
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Old July 31, 2013, 09:17 AM   #5100
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the serial number is correct
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