Identity and Date of Manufacture of S&W Revolvers

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

  1. Michael H. Smith

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    Thank you very much Eddie. Yes, that is what I thought about the "C" but it is several spaces after the SN
     
  2. msmp5

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    Thanks!!
     
  3. Grayrock

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    This is from the description and pictures from an 0nline auction

    a) caliber .357 Magnum
    b) bbl length (from cylinder to muzzle) 5 & 3/4 inches
    c) grips shape (round or square) square
    d) number of shots/cylinder bores 6
    e) type of sights. Adjustable rear, fixed (tall) front
    f) serial number: S 164591
    g) Model number 19, per auction description
     
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  4. Bert W.

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    Last one for awhile Eddie, my wallet hurts.
    .32 S&W long
    4" barrel
    Round butt
    6 shot
    Fixed sights
    586202
    .32 Regulation Police
    IMG-1220-JPG.jpg
     
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  5. Eddietruett

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    By the serial number, it would be a 1956-1957 gun, but Model 19's didn't ever have the S Prefix. In .357 Magnum, it would be a Model 27 or 28.
    A Model 19 in that era would have a K prefix
     
  6. Eddietruett

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    By serial number technically would be a .32 Hand Ejector. 3rd Models ran from 1911-1942. Yours would be post war, but I am pretty sure it is the same gun as the 3rd Model.
    You have to do some math Serial numbers 536685-712953 ran from 1946-1960. I would guess yours maybe 1947-1949. It would be a guess how many were made each year, but that
    sort of narrows it down some.
     
  7. Bert W.

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    Thanks ET, my research was a little conflicted as well. I'll post some pics.
     
  8. Grayrock

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    Enlightening. Thank you very much
     
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  10. heavyduty13

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    A five shot 19-4? Never seen one of those
     
  11. Eddietruett

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    That's a post from 2008. If you read farther down, he corrected himself.
     
  12. DrFunk001

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    I have 3 older smith and wesson revolvers from my fathers collection that I could use a hand identifying. The first one:
    a) can't find a marking for this
    b) 3 1/2 ""
    c) round
    d) 5
    e) fixed
    f) 217170
    g) can't find one. there is a set of patent dates on the top of the barrel . The first seem to be may 14, 1880.
    Here is a couple of pictures: IMG_0813.jpeg IMG_0812.jpeg


    Any insights would be greatly appreciated.
     
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  13. DrFunk001

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    this one has even less markings than the prior one. Only indication that it may be a smith and wesson is the marking on the grips.

    a) can't find a marking for this one either
    b) 3 ""
    c) round
    d) 5
    e) fixed
    f) Hard to tell as there is varnish obscuring the first number may be a 6 or 0. the last 4 numbers are 7582
    g)can't find one.
    couple of pictures:
    IMG_0815.jpeg IMG_0814.jpeg
     
  14. DrFunk001

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    Last one
    a) 38 special
    b) 2""
    c) square
    d) 5
    e) fixed
    f) 57624
    g) the number under the crane. is 50925

    IMG_0820.jpeg IMG_0818.JPEG
     
  15. Typetwelve

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    I want to post some pics...but imgur is fighting me tooth and nail at the moment...so here's what I got:

    a) 357 magnum
    b) 3"
    c) square
    d) 6
    e) adjustable rear
    f) Bottom of grip: S 152126
    g) under the crane, on the frame: 57543 and below it, a 7

    Out of nowhere, this one was given to my friend when his wife's grandfather passed away. No original box, but the firearm is in wonderful shape. Is this a 3" registered magnum by chance?

    Here's the same model, I'm having a devil of a time getting a pic to embed, so here's a link:
    http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_XCkTSf0swcQ/RttT4fEf1EI/AAAAAAAAAgM/2sBd4P5MRDQ/s1600-h/BoxedPre-Model27.jpg
     
  16. Eddietruett

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    That is a Pre-27 shipped in 1956. Did you measure from the cylinder to end of barrel. Should be 3.5" They started with model numbers in 1957. If interested in selling, shoot me a pm.
    That's my birth year. I would really like to have a pre 27 from 1956
     
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  17. Eddietruett

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    I think I'm right on my research for your first 2 guns. This is a 38 Safety Hammerless 4th Model in 38 S&W Caliber. Should be a 3.25" Barrel. Probably shipped in 1907 give or take a year.
     
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  18. Eddietruett

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    This is a 38 Safety Hammerless 3rd Model also in 38 S&W Caliber with a 3.25" Barrel. Grips look like replacements. Should have hard rubber like the first gun. Should have shipped around 1893-95
     
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  19. Eddietruett

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    This is a Pre Model 36 or chiefs special. Shipped in 1955
     
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  20. Sistema1927

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    As soon as I saw "1956", my eyes also lit up, since that is also a birth year gun for me. I guess that you have "first dibs". :)
     
  21. DrFunk001

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    Thank you very much Eddie. These were giving me a heck of a time identifying them.The first one is odd as it has a hammer, but was hammerless the name of the series?

    Thank you again. I know that it takes a lot of time to identify these and I do appreciate it.
     
  22. Eddietruett

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    I apologize. I gave you the wrong info on the model with the hammer. I was looking at several guns and got two mixed up. Your gun with the hammer is a .38 Double Action 3rd Model.
    These were manufactured 1884-1895 Serial number range from 119001-322700. 3.25" Barrel and it does have correct grips. Sorry for the mix up. It really is in great shape to be well over 100 years old. Amazing they made over 200,000 of this model alone.
     
  23. Jesse Heywood

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    Trying to help a friend. He just bought this Schofield, SN 18473, .44 American. Would like to know model info and date, if possible.
    TIA.
    Schofield.jpg
     
  24. Jim Watson

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    Don't lump all big Smith topbreaks under "Schofield". Schofields were .45 with the patent top latch.
    No 18473 looks like a No 3 Second Model Single Action, made only 1872-1874.
     
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  25. Jesse Heywood

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    Jim, thanks. And now you know how little I know about guns that don't have a stallion on the side!
     
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