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Help for a friend's M&P (?)

Discussion in 'Firearms Research' started by Grapevine, Mar 29, 2011.

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  1. Grapevine

    Grapevine Member

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    A friend of mine has a S&W revolver and has asked me about how old it is . He gave me the following info:
    on barrel - .38 S&W SPECIAL CTG
    PATENTED FEB. 6,08
    SEPT. 14, 08
    DEC. 28, 14

    SERIAl NO# 41148

    On bottom of grip frame - either 621144 or 821148 these numbers are hard for him to read.

    Any help you could give us is greatly appreciated.

    Grapevine
     
  2. waidmann

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    The number on the butt is the serial number. 621XXX would fall somewhere around 1930-31 (my best guess); 821XXX would be into WWII range (1941-42) something usually called a pre-Victory model and would likely have been made with a butt swivel.

    41,148 in 38 Special translates to 1903-05 which conflicts with your patent date of '14. I assume this number is on the frame and crane not the serial number in that era.
     
  3. skeezix

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    Letter prefix?

    Is there a letter (V, S, C) preceeding the number on the butt? It may be far to the left of the number.
     
  4. Grapevine

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    I'll see the owner tonight and try to get some more information.

    Grapevine
     
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