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Identity and Date of Manufacture of S&W Revolvers

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Brian Williams, Jun 21, 2008.

  1. Brian Williams

    Brian Williams Moderator Emeritus

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    This going to be a thread for those who are looking for a date of manufacture for their S&W revolvers.

    We'd need to know :

    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).

    A picture or two is worth A LOT of words in this case...
     
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  2. Chrome

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    I'll step up first.

    a) .357
    b) 4"
    c) Square
    d) five shot
    e) target adjustable
    d) K

    What I know is it's a 19-4 40K45xx.

    Later,
    Chrome...
     
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  3. Brian Williams

    Brian Williams Moderator Emeritus

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    A 19-4 would be a 6 shooter.
    40K would be late 78 - early 79
     
  4. Chrome

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    Whoops, Yup it's a 6 shooter. Little older than I expected.

    Later,
    Chrome...
     
  5. adkpete

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    I'll be second
    a.--38 Special
    b.--4"
    c--Square Grips
    d.--Non Adjustable
    e.-- "D"

    Thanks
     
  6. Oro

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    adkpete - The s/n should be more than just "D" - if you are afraid to post it (no big deal, really), give a partial in the form of "D 256xxx". In the case of late model guns (1980 and up), the first thee alpha characters are suficient - e.g. - "AHH." Also, your gun should have a model number in the yoke cut when you swing out the cylinder. 10-5, I'd bet.

    Brian may want to ammend his list to include the model # info for post-'57 guns - it helps a bit. Your's was made post-'68 so the model number will be stamped on it (all guns post-57 are).
     
  7. GLM

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    a. J-frame Airweight .38 Special
    b. 2" barrel
    c. Round butt
    d. fixed sights
    f. 1043XX...no letter anywhere in the serial number. I'm pretty sure this gun is pre-1957. There is no model number in the yoke cut.
     
  8. Oro

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    GLM -

    Chief's Special Airweight, 1956. "Pre-37." Very cool old gun. Has a flat latch on the side, right?
     
  9. GLM

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    It does have the flat latch. Thanks for the information.
     
  10. Mark K. C.

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    Hi Brian, I have a .44 mag- 6.5" bbl-6 shot-round grips-#S17106- fixed front -adjustable rear sights. Thanks
     
  11. zplug123

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    I've got three of these jewels:

    19-4
    a) .357 Magnum
    b) 4" barrel
    c) Square
    d) 6 rounds
    e) Adjustable
    f) 61K58xx

    28-2
    a) .357 Magnum
    b) 6" barrel
    c) Square
    d) 6 rounds
    e) Adjustable
    f) N2279xx

    17-2
    a) .22LR
    b) 6" barrel
    c) Square
    d) 6 rounds
    e) adjustable
    f) K7896xx
     
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  12. boatingboy

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    Model 36
    a).38
    b)1 7/8
    c)square
    d)5 rounds
    e)non adjustable
    f) 175375
     
  13. Brian Williams

    Brian Williams Moderator Emeritus

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    Mark, it should have 6 digits and guessing that it is s17106x it is 1956-57

    zplug
    19-4
    1980

    28-2
    1974-77

    17-2
    1968
     
  14. Brian Williams

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    57 to 62 probably early 58, it would need to be lettered from S&W to be sure.
     
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    S&W serial no.

    Great Thread

    a- J frame airweight 642-1
    b- 2" barrel
    c- round butt
    d- fixed sights
    e- serial no CEK67xx


    Thanks Les
     
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    j frame
    model 60, no dash
    AYT02XX

    Thanks
     
  17. Oro

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    CEK is about winter 2000/2001

    AYT is about 1987.

    It is hard to be exact on most of these dates - the published records aren't complete and you have to extrapolate.
     
  18. NG VI

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    I will post the S/N when I get home, and a picture if possible,
    a).357
    b) 4"
    c) Square
    d) 6
    e) Adjustable
    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) 28-2, says Highway Patrolman on the barrel, .357 CTG or .357 S&W CTG. I am pretty sure the S/N starts with 'N'
     
  19. CajunBass

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    Smith & Wesson 17 22

    A. 22 LR
    B. 6"
    C. Grips are a rounded "Jordan" type, replacement. Gun is used.
    D. 6
    E. Target Adjustable
    F. 1K90551
    G. K
     
  20. Oro

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    NGVI - need more S/N - first couple of digits and total number of digits at a minimum. A 28-2 N-prefix could run from 1968/9 to 1982.

    CajunBass - 1971
     
  21. CajunBass

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    Thanks Kamere. I haven't picked it up yet. Did put it on layaway today. My first S&W in a while.
     
  22. Brian Williams

    Brian Williams Moderator Emeritus

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    Thanks for helping out Kamerer
     
  23. Oro

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    Brian,

    No problem. I enjoy it because it helps me learn what I don't know. I have learned a lot about S&Ws from helpful folks over the last few years, happy to pay it back.

    FYI, my name is also Bryan. But you spell yours funny.;)
     
  24. cerberus65

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    I have a recently acquired model 34:
    a) .22 LR
    b) 2"
    c) round
    d) 6
    e) adjustable
    f) AYB42xx
    g) 34-1
    The 1 is stamped a bit higher than the 34. There are also some other numbers on the crane near where 34-1 is stamped. I didn't figure those were as important. Thanks!
     
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  25. bill larry

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    OKay, guys, here's two Model 1905's (military and police?)...

    # 1-

    .38 special
    5" barrel
    square butt
    6 shots
    fixed sights
    Serial number: S 8626XX

    # 2-

    .38 special
    5" barrel
    square butt
    6 shots
    fixed sights
    Serial number: 4530XX
     
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