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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. Tabequache

    Tabequache Member

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    S&W Mod 10 Followup

    Radagast,

    The serial number on the grip bottom is C545215. Thanks.

    Tabequache
     
  2. susieqz

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    i'd love some info on my new/old s&w model 15-4
    it's blued, 4'' barrel, square butt.
    serial # 86K2897.
    it's a 38spc.
    please?
     
  3. Radagast

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    Tabequache:
    1961 or 1962. Serial range C474149 to C622699, so it could fall in either year.
    If a model 10-2 then probably 1961. If a 10-3 then 1962.
     
  4. Radagast

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    susieqz:
    Your Model 15-4 Combat Masterpiece was manufactured in 1980.
     
  5. susieqz

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    thank you, radagast,
    good to know.
     
  6. Tabequache

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    Thanks

    Thanks very much..
     
  7. Sauer Grapes

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    mod 37 {no dash} nickle
    inside # 36474
    bottom of grip ADA7635

    Just bought on GB today.:D

    S&W 37 .jpg

    S&W 37 nickle.jpg
     
  8. Radagast

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    1983 for your Chiefs Special Airweight.
     
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    Sorry Radagast.

    Turns out this is a FIVE shot .38. Serial # 206117. It does have a lanyard tho...
     
  10. Radagast

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    Goste:
    That is an early Chiefs Special manufactured between 1959 (serial number 163051) & 1962 (serial number 295000).
    If marked Airweight with an aluminum frame, then it is a Model 37 Chiefs Special Airweight.
    If all steel then its a Model 36 Chiefs Special.
    AFAIK S&W did not offer a 4 inch barrel on the .38 Special Chiefs Special. They did offer a three inch barrel.
     
  11. Sauer Grapes

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    Thank you.

    Sold my only revolver about 5 years ago. Last week I went crazy on Gunbroker and bought the 37, 60-7 2'' and a 19-3 6''.....lol.

    Thanks again
     
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    Radagast - My 13-3 is a 4", square butt, sn 9D27949. Thanks.

    Cheers
     
  13. Radagast

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    Sidreilley:
    The Model 13-3 .357 Magnum Military & Police Heavy Barrel was listed as manufactured from 1982 to 1988. Your serial number falls into the range for 1981. My guess is S&W started the change over to the -3 in 1981, your gun may not have shipped until 1982.
     
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    Radagast

    Thanks very much indeed.
     
  15. GZOh

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    Radagast
    If you could, help date this baby that I just pickedup...
    It's a S&W 10-5... 2" 'snubbie'... .38spl, SqB, 6-shot...
    Serial # C9194XX...
    Thanks... Appreciate the help.

    ..
     
  16. Radagast

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    GZOh:
    Your gun falls in the serial range for 1966/67, C810533 to C999999. Falling near the half way mark of that range, it could be either year. I'd be sentimental and call it a Christmas gun for 1966.
     
  17. GZOh

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    Thanks Radagast...
    Always appreciate (as we all do) your 'dating' help!
     
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    S&W. K frame 22 LR. S/N 141633
     
  19. Radagast

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    Cajun:
    Not an I or J frame Kit gun, serial range only went to 135465.
    Not a pre war K22 outdoorsman, serial range started at 632132.
    Not a post war K22 Masterpiece, as there is no K prefix.
    Not a Model 45 K frame Military & Police, as no C prefix.
    Not a M frame Ladysmith, serial range only went to 26154.

    If it is a K frame, then the serial number is wrong, probably taken from under the cylinder yoke instead of the butt.

    The other possibility is its a .22/32 Hand Ejector, built on the I frame and dating to around 1915, with the serial number on the front strap. This will be a 'true Bekeart' gun, as the catalogued production started around serial number 160000. Prior to that they were special run guns for Bekehart of San Francisco.
     
  20. CajunBass

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    Oh wait. I read the receipt wrong. There is a K in front of the S/N. K 141633.

    It's a five screw K-frame, 22. Six inch barrel, target sights, diamond Magnas and flat post war finish...it's definitely a K-22.

    IMG_0079_zpsk465e4z4.gif
     
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    S&W model 28 Hwy Patrolman
    357 magnum caliber
    6" barrel
    serial No. S 235586
    Your assistance will be greatly appreciated in dating this revolver.
     
  22. Radagast

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    Cajun: 1952. Serial range for that year was K136691 to K175637.

    jdavis123: 1963 or 64. Serial range for those years was S232000 to S235999. 1964 seems probable.
     
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    Thank you, Radagast. Know that what you do is very important to us and greatly appreciated by all.
     
  24. CajunBass

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    Thanks Rad. That confirms it is a birth year gun for me. :)
     
  25. CleanDean

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    MOD. 58 with high polished blue finish. A 4 in. Bbl in the original chambering, of .41 mag.
    ser. # 5577x
    below * that number, D13
    Target trigger, but has a thin squared edge on the thin hammer.
     
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