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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. Woodwizard

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    Hi, Inherited this from my Dad. what can you tell me about its age?

    .38 special cal.
    4 inch barrel
    original grip shape unknown, square frame (K frame?)
    6 shot
    fixed sights
    no model number under crane, just 39286
    number on butt 40986*

    Thanks, Mike
     
  2. Radagast
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    Woodwizard:
    you have a .38 Military & Police Model of 1905 4th Change, manufactured between 1921 (360000) & 1927 (5erial number 570000).
    It has a heat treated cylinder and should be safe with any standard velocity or +P ammo. +P+ marked should not be used, there is no industry standard for +P+ pressure.
    It lacks a positive internal hammer block, that was introduced during WWII. I recommend leaving the chamber under the hammer empty.
    It is a predecessor to the later Model 10, but most parts are not interchangeable.
     
  3. usmc-nav

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    Victory

    I have a Victory marked US Navy on top
    It is s/n 2393xx
    Numbers match, including grip, has flaming bomb on bottom of grip.
    Only issue is someone carved their initials on the non numbered grip
    When was it made? Is a letter worth the dollars?

    Thank You
     
  4. Jason88

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    a). .38 spl
    b). 1 7/8 barrel
    c). round
    D).5 shot/ non-recessed cylinder
    e).fixed
    f).R 1148xx
    g).Model 60
     
  5. Jason88

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    just picked up a smith a wesson .38 spl and i was just wanting to know a little more about it thanks

    a). .38 spl
    b). 1 7/8 barrel
    c). round
    D).5 shot/ non-recessed cylinder
    e).fixed
    f).R 1148xx
    g).Model 60
     
  6. Radagast
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    Jason88:
    Your Model 60 Chiefs Special Stainless was manufactured in the period 1974 to 1977. Serial range for those years was R100000 to R190000, so 1974 seems likely.

    usmc-nav:
    Serial number for a Victory Model should have a V prefix. If V2393xx, then it was made between 1942 & 1944, with 1943 being likely. Navy marked Victory models do bring a decent premium, if not faked. Price is also very much based on condition. I suggest you start a new thread in the revolver sub-forum and post good quality pics of the gun and its markings.
     
  7. Rail Driver

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    38 special
    model 15-3
    Nickel
    magna grips
    4" barrel
    ser. 15k3785

    [​IMG]
     
  8. Radagast
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    Rail Driver:
    1977.
     
  9. marv

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    a. .38sp
    b. 4"
    c. Square butt
    d. 6 shot
    e. Adjustable
    f. 19K217X
    g. 15-3

    'preciate it
    marv
     
  10. Radagast
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    marv:
    Your .38 Combat Masterpiece was manufactured in 1977.
     
  11. Bull Nutria

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    a-22LR
    b- 3inch bbl
    c-round
    d-8 shot
    e-adjustable rear and orange flourescent front
    f-ctp27xx
    g-model 63-5 round butt grips
    this revolver was purchased last week was wondering when it was manufactured?

    thanks,
    Bull
     
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  12. Radagast
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    Bull Nutria:
    Your Model 63-5 .22/32 Kit Gun Stainless was manufactured quite recently, they were re-introduced with the three inch barrel in late 2010. The Standard Catalog of S&W was published in 2006, so obviously it does not cover your gun. Because it is so recent, a call to S&W customer service should get you a shipping date.
     
  13. Willabe

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    a: 38 special
    b: 6"
    c: square
    d: 6
    e: adjustable
    f: 6K910xx
    g: 14-9

    Edit! It's a model 14-3. Sorry, looked at it several times with the magnifying glass and was still wrong! Sorry about that.

    Right side of barrel is marked "38 S&W SPECIAL CTG."

    Thanks!
     
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    Willabe:
    Your Model 14-3 K38 Target Masterpiece was manufactured in 1975.
     
  15. Willabe

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    Thanks!
     
  16. SteelManCM

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    a: 357 Magnum
    b: 4"
    c: square
    d: 6
    e: fixed
    f: 8D15783
    g: 13-2

    I would also like to know which grips would be correct for this model. The ugly plastic has to go.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
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    Wow. A lot of information in that response. Thank you.
     
  19. litman252

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    Recent purchase, anything to share? Date or more would be great!

    357
    2 1/2"
    Round
    6 shot
    adjustable
    17k6---
    66 no dash

    Thanks much for the time.
     
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    litman252:
    Your Model 66 Combat Magnum Stainless was manufactured in 1977.
     
  21. Hunterdad

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    38spl
    1-7/8"
    Round
    5-shot
    Fixed
    181xxx
    36 no dash

    Thanks!

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  22. pdgodwin99

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    a) 38 spl
    b) 4"
    c) round
    d) 6
    e) fixed
    f) 29836
    g) c97 5
     
  23. Radagast
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    Hunterdad:
    Your Model 36 Chiefs Special was manufactured sometime between 1959 (serial number 163051 & 1962 (serial number 295000). As production averaged roughly 35000 guns a year for that period, I would guess late 1959 or early 1960.

    pdgodwin99:
    A .38 special with a C prefix will be a .38 Military & Police Post War or after 1957, a Model 10 .38 Military & Police. If the serial number is C975 then it was manufactured in 1948. If the serial number is C975xxx then it was manufactured in 1967.
     
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    Radagast, perhaps I got my numbers out of order. The s/n is 29836 and the number prefixed by "c" is on the crane, which I assumed to be a model number. Anyhow, the weapon could not be circa 1950's because it has been in the family about 100 years.
     

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