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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. The Doc

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    a) caliber - .22LR
    b) bbl length - 2 inches
    c) grips shape - round
    d) number of shots/cylinder bores - 6
    e) type of sights - Ramp fore sight, adjustable rear sight
    f) serial number - M 1687XX
    g) Model number - 34-1

    Thanks.
     
  2. magpie2

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    Radagast,
    That was very informative.
    Good advise about GunBroker - will do.
    Thanks you!
     
  3. Radagast
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    the Doc:
    Your Model 34-1 .22/32 Kit gun was manufactured in 1981.
     
  4. The Doc

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    Thank you Radagast.
     
  5. RJTravel

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    How 'bout a mod 649, ser #AFN27**?
     
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    RJTravel:
    Your Model 649 .38 Bodyguard Stainless was manufactured in 1984. As the Model 649 was released in 1985, yours must be one of the first.
     
  7. slimpickens

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    Birthdate Please.

    S&W 629-6, .44 magnum
    Stainless
    Three inch barrel
    White Outline Rear, Red Ramp Front
    Serial number____CRA78XX

    S&W 624 .44 Special Lew Horton
    Stainless
    Contoured factory grips--wood
    Three inch barrel
    W/O, Red Ramp front
    Serial number ___ALW54XX

    Thanks In Advance
     
  8. RJTravel

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    Thanks Radagast. Good to know - still works well, think it's a keeper.
    RJ
     
  9. Radagast
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    slimpickens:
    The Model 629-6 sounds like one of three special runs for RSR distributors in 2003, these were respectively:
    Model 629-6 Trail Boss Unfluted, 3 inch barrel, red ramp, white outline, Hogue grip, satin stainless, internal lock, unfluted cylinder, smooth trigger, semi-target hammer, lanyard loop.
    Model 629-6 Trail Boss Fluted, 3 inch magna-ported barrel, red ramp, white outline, Hogue grip, satin stainless, internal lock, fluted cylinder, smooth trigger, semi-target hammer, lanyard loop.
    Model 629-6 Trail Boss Deluxe Anniversary, 3 inch Magna-ported barrel, red ramp, white outline, Altamont wood grips, bright polished stainless, internal lock, fluted cylinder, smooth trigger, semi-target hammer, aluminum case.

    It may be a later build however, as the 2003 serial range was roughly CFSxxxx to CHDxxxx, although special runs tended to run out of serial number order.

    The Model 624 Lew Horton Special was produced 1985-1987, with 5000 manufactured. Know serial ranges were AHTxxxx & ALWxxxx. My guess is 1986 year of manufacture for your gun, but possibly shipping 1987.
     
  10. slimpickens

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    Radagast: Thank you Sir. Great Help
     
  11. AndrewX

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    Radagast

    I have a 4" model 624, serial number AHB44xx.

    Would you know when it was made?

    Thanks in advance!
     
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    AndrewX:
    Guns in the AHCxxxx range shipped in January 1986, so within a month either side of that is likely.
     
  13. AndrewX

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    Thank you!
     
  14. Brian Adams

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    Hi! I am a new member so I hope I post correctly. I have 2 S&W's that I am very proud of.

    .357
    4"
    square
    6rnd
    fixed
    e11b46xx
    13-3 nickel

    .357
    4'
    6rnd
    adjustable
    9k199xx
    19-3 nickel

    and for giggles I also have one from WAAAYY back in the day

    .38ctg
    4"
    6 rnd
    fixed
    6307xx from bottom of butt BUT the number stamped behind wheel is 280xx
    38.ctg nickel

    OK.. Now I hit post...
     
  15. mc_frenchie

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    S&M 29-2 date of mfg

    Looking for date of mfg ?

    a) .44 mag - caliber
    b) 8 3/8" - bbl length (from cylinder to muzzle)
    c) square - grips shape (round or square)
    d) 6 - number of shots/cylinder bores
    e) adj rear sights - type of sights.
    f) 3313011 - serial number, and if there is a letter in front of or anywhere near the s/n on the bottom of the grip
    g) 29-2 - 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).
    Thanks
    mc frenchie
     
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    mc_frenchie:
    The Model29-2 .44 Magnum was manufactured from 1962 to 1992. Serial numbers had either an S or an N prefix.
    If the serial number is S313011, then it was manufactured 1968 or 1969 in the serial range S305000 to S329999.
    If the serial number is N313011, then it was manufactured in 1975 or 1976, with 1975 being more likely.

    Brian Adams:
    The Model 13-3 .357 Magnum Military & Police Heavy Barrel was manufactured from 1982 to 1988. The serial number should be in the ranges 9D44501 to 30D9291, or AAA0000 to BBTxxxx. The number you have quoted does not match those and may be an assembly number, used to track parts in the factory. Check the number on the bottom of the grip frame and get back to me.

    Your Model 19-3 Combat Magnum was manufactured in 1976.

    Your 3rd gun if marked ".38 S&W Special CTG" is a .38 Military & Police Model of 1905 4th Change manufactured in 1930 or 1931. Serial number 632132 shipped in January 1931.
    If marked ".38 S&W CTG" then it is a .38/200 British Service Revolver manufactured in 1940 using an old stockpiled frame.
     
  17. Brian Adams

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    Mr. Radagast,
    The number on the bottom of 13-3 is ACE7720
    The old one IS "special ctg" do Jan. 1931
    Great to know my 19-3 is from 1976!!


    Thank you so much for taking the time to look these up! Brian
     
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    Brian Adams:
    Mid 1983 for your 13-3. ABLxxxx shipped January, ADExxxx shipped October.
     
  19. Brian Adams

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    Radagast,
    Again, Thank You! I am truly enjoying this this site! So much USEFULL onfo on here! Brian
     
  20. MrTrolleyguy

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    how old?

    a) 357
    b) 4
    c) square
    d) 6
    e) red ramp - not pinned, rear adj.
    f) BPB2425
    g) 686-4


    a) 357
    b) 2.625
    c) round
    d) 6
    e) red ramp, pinned - rear adj.
    f) CNE1133
    g) 686-6
     
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    MrTrolleyguy:
    Your Model 686-4 Distinguished Combat Magnum Stainless was manufactured in 1993.
    Your Model 686-6 Distinguished Combat Magnum Stainless was manufactured after 2004, which is the last year that the Standard Catalog of S&W gives serial ranges for. My guesstimate is around 2010, but a call to S&W customer service should give you the shipping date - it was manufactured well after they went to computer records.
     
  22. pikid89

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    .357
    4"
    Square
    6 shot
    Red insert Ramp, adjustable rear
    BJD2148
    686-3
     
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    pikid89:
    1991.
     
  24. TwoWheelFiend

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    A) .22 lr
    B) 4"
    C) square
    D) 6
    E) adjustable
    F) 1166XX
    G) 34-1
    Can't get a picture up from my phone :(
     
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    TwoWheelFiend:
    No Need. Your Model of 1953 .22/.32 Kit Gun / Model 34-1 was manufactured between 1965 & 1969, serial range for those years was 108087 to 135464.
    If the grips are original and have a un-checkered diamond around the grip screws, the 1968 or earlier. If no diamond then 1968 or 1969.
    If the cylinder release is flat, the 1965 or 1966. If the cylinder release is concave then 1966 to 1968.
     

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