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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. dogrunner

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    Just picked up a minty 28-2 in a swap......6", Serial # n237xxx............anybody help me with a DOB.........gun's darn sure a keeper!
     
  2. ruger1228

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    Radagast:
    Thanks for comments on my Model 18. I went to gun show today and picked up another S&W Revolver
    Model 27-4
    caliber .357 magnum/.38 special
    6" barrel
    blue finish
    Target stocks
    Target Trigger
    Target Hammer
    Serial Number BBV 56xx
    production code 101004
    Could you please give me the DOB on this revolver and any other information available.
    Thanking you in advance for your assistance.
    thom
     
  3. Radagast
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    ruger1228:
    Your Model 27-4 The .357 Magnum was manufactured late 1988. That product code was used from 1984 to 1994 and stands for a six inch blued gun with target trigger, hammer & stocks.

    dogrunner:
    Your Model 28-2 The Highway Patrolman was manufactured in the period 1974 to 1977. The last half of the Nxxxxx serial range was dedicated to the Models 28 & 58, with the other N frame guns using the N3xxxxx range from 1975. Based on your gun having a serial number that predates the serial number split I believe your gun is probably from late 1974 or early 1975.
     
  4. dogrunner

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    Many thanks, Radagast.........Your efforts are much appreciated!
     
  5. texlaw67235

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    4inch nickle
    wood grips sqare
    357/38
    Adj. Sights
    I believe it ir a distinguished combat magnum
    Serial ACKO808
    6 shot
    Emblemed grips with speedloader cutout
    !!
     
  6. Hugh1865

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    a) .38
    b) 3.25"
    c) Round factory grips
    d) 5
    e) Fixed
    f) 1483XX
    g) Doesn't have a model number anywhere on the pistol

    This is a "lemon-squeezer", I'm not able to get pics to upload
     
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  7. newfalguy101

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    Got another one for you!!

    Hand eject 3rd model
    .32 long
    serial number: 316XXX

    My best guess based on the Bluebook is '38-'40
     
  8. ruger1228

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    Radagast,
    I went back to gun show today and picked up a couple more S&W revolvers. Hope you can give me DOB on them.

    Model 34-1
    4" barrel
    .22 cal
    Round grips
    Adjustable Rear Sights
    Serial No: M262xx

    Model 15-3
    4 inch barrel
    .38 special
    Square Grips
    Adjustable Rear Sight
    Serial No. 5K160xx

    Thanking you in advance for your assistance and appreciate your hard work.
    thom
     
  9. rcmodel

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  10. Radagast
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    The spine has fallen off mine. :p

    ruger1228:
    Your Model 34-1 .22/32 Kit Gun was manufactured in the period 1969 to 1971. Serial range for those years was M1 to M30000, so 1971 seems likely.
    Your Model 15-3 K38 Combat Masterpiece was manufactured in 1973.

    newfalguy101:
    Your .32 Hand Ejector Third Model was manufactured between 1917 & 1920. Serial range for that period was 263001 to 321000. 321000 was the serial number that heat treatment of cylinders began at, so yours is not heat treated. Don't load hot handloads in that gun. It also predates the positive internal hammer block safety introduced in WWII, so treat it as a five shooter, leaving the chamber under the hammer empty.

    Hugh1865:
    Your .38 Safety Hammerless 4th Model was manufactured between 1898 & 1904. Serial range for those years was 116003 to 168400. This is a black powder only gun, S&W did not start advertising them as safe for smokeless powder until the fifth model. Use of modern smokeless ammo may cause accelerated wear. Treat it as a 4 shooter, leaving the chamber under the hammer empty. It lacks a hammer block safet and may fire if dropped. Caliber is .38 S&W.

    texlaw67235:
    If it has a full length barrel lug then it is a Model 586 Distinguished Combat Magnum from 1983. There is a recall on this model. With some magnum ammo the primer can flow back into the firing pin bushing, locking up the gun. Under the terms of the recall S&W will install a new bushing and firing pin, paying shipping both ways. If your gun has been modified there will be an M stamped on the frame under the cylinder yoke cut out. If not and you wish to have it modified, call S&W and they will send you a shipping label.
     
  11. ruger1228

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    Maybe some of us who are buying the S&W Revolvers already have a copy of the "Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson 3rd edition". What we lack in using this book is the experience and knowledge that Radagast has in giving additional information and his ability to pin point the month and year of manufacture.
    Maybe after we gain more experience in using the book we won't have to ask so many questions. I have always been taught that the only "Stupid Question is the one you don't ask." Another thing I would like to point out is that this forum was started to help "newbies" gain information, not for someone to cut them down for asking questions.
    Radagast, I do appreciate all you do and the knowledge you pass on to the readers of this forum. I hope you will continue to provide this service so that others can learn from your knowledge and experience.
    rcmodel, I don't believe I have ever asked you for information about a revolver, so I am sure I am not contributing to the demise of your copy of the Standard Catalog.
     
  12. ruger1228

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    Radagast,
    Any information you can provide on the following would be greatly appreciated.
    Model 629-1
    .44 Magnum
    8 3/8" barrel
    TS, TH, TT
    Serial No. AER16xx
    This number is on crane:74275
    Polished Stainless Finish
    This gun also has a wooden case with S&W emblem on top
    and blue foam interior.
    It came with original paperwork and original tools.
    This gun has never been fired.
    A true safe queen.

    Thanking you in advance for your assistance.
    thom
     
  13. newfalguy101

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    Thanks Radagast

    'preciate the info!!
     
  14. keano44

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    DOB please

    38 S&W Spl
    1-7/8"
    square butt
    5 shot
    fixed sights
    J162xxx
    MOD 36
    # inside crane 87994

    Thank you

    Just picked this up today!! Nice condition; good deal!
     
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    keano44:
    Your Model 36 Chiefs Special was manufactured in 1973 or 1974. Serial range for those years was J100000 to J250000. So late 1973 seems likely.
    87994 is an assembly number, used to track parts in the factory. It has no meaning after the gun is completed.

    ruger1228:
    Your Model 629-1 .44 Magnum Stainless was manufactured in mid to late 1984. Guns in the AEVxxxx range shipped in November of that year. 74275 is an assembly number used to track parts in the factory. It has no meaning after the gun is completed.
    Your gun predates the endurance package engineering changes. If you choose to shoot it on a regular basis a diet of light magnums or .44 specials may be best.
    I think this gun may have been a special order piece, as the early 8&3/8 inch 629s had a combat trigger, not the target trigger, and the earliest listing in the SCSWfor a 8&3/8 innch limited run gun was 1989.
     
  16. Hugh1865

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    Thanks for the info Radagast.
     
  17. keano44

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    Thank you Radagast. How about these 3:

    38 S&W Spl
    1-7/8"
    round butt
    5 shot
    fixed sights
    314xxx
    MOD 36
    "flat latch"
    Info I found puts it 1962-68, what can you tell me?

    38 S&W Spl
    6"
    square butt
    6 shot
    adj. sights
    K668xxx
    MOD 14-2
    Info I found puts it 1961-67, what can you tell me?

    .22 Long Rifle Ctg.
    6"
    square butt
    6 shot
    adj. sights
    K734xxx
    MOD 17-2
    Info I found puts it 1961-67, what can you tell me?

    Thanks I appreciate your time
     
  18. Radagast
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    keano44:
    The closest I can give you for your Model 36 Chiefs Special is 1962 to 1966. The Standard Catalog of S&W does not give year by year breakdowns for that model/decade. Serial number 295000 was used in 1962 and the flat latch was deleted in 1966. As production averaged around 50,000 guns per year over that decade I'm fairly confident that yours is from 1962 or 1963.

    Your Model 14-2 K38 Masterpiece was manufactured in 1966.

    Your Model 17-2 K22 Masterpiece was manufactured in 1967.
     
  19. ruger1228

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    Radagast,
    Thank you for providing the DOB on the S&Ws that I have. Your help is much appreciated.
    thom
     
  20. hootin

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    I have a S&W with 4 inch barrel 6 shot round wood grips 4k15 19-3 sure would like to find out when it was made
    hootin:D
     
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    Your Model 19-3 Combat Magnm was manufactured in 1972.
     
  22. ruger1228

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    Radagast,
    Could you give me DOB and any other information on the following revolvers? Thanking you in advance for your assistance.

    Model 629-1 44 magnum
    8 3/8" barrel
    Target Grips
    Target Hammer
    Serial Number:N8938xx
    Front Sight: Red Ramp
    Rear Sight: White Outline Adjustable

    Model 57
    41 Magnum 6 shot Blue Finish
    6" barrel
    Serial Number:N4186xx
    Target Grips
    Target Hammer
    Target Trigger
    Front Sight: Red Ramp
    Rear Sight: White Outline Adjustable

    I picked both these revolvers up at an estate sale today. Both guns appear to have never been fired after leaving the factory. The 629-1 came with the original box, wrapping paper and all original S&W tools. The 57 came in a wooden S&W presentation box with all the original paperwork and tools.
    Any information you could give me would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
     
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    ruger1228:
    Your Model 629-1 .44 Magnum Stainless was probably manufactured in 1983. The N800xxx range was used between 1980 & 1983, your gun is so high in that range that 1983 seems certain. The SCSW doesn't list any product codes before, 1984, if your gun lacks a product code then this is further evidence that it predates 1984. So I'm going to say 1983.

    Your Model 57 .41 Magnum Target was manufactured in 1977 or 1978. As yours is low in the N4xxxxx range I am going to guess 1977.
     
  24. ruger1228

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    Radagast,
    Again, thank you for the information.
    thom
     
  25. Sealevel

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    DOB Please

    Radagast, could you date this latest acquisition for me? Thanks, once again for your expertise and willingness to educate.

    a. .357
    b. 6"
    c. Square (Target stocks)
    d. 6 shot
    e. Adjustable
    f. 36K32xx
    g. Model 19-4 (Nickel Finish)
     

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