Identity and Date of Manufacture of S&W Revolvers

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  1. Line Dawg

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    Thank you, and by chance do you have any idea when it was manufactured?
     
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  2. ktmmudd

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    I have a pistol and would like to know what year it was made and what it is: it's
    a .38 special
    6" barrel
    square grip
    adjustable rear sight
    serial number K 90194
    six shot
    no model number pinned and recessed
     
  3. Orion Jim
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    I have a blued revolver and I would like to know the date of manufacture and the model designation. Thank you.
    Info;
    .22 rimfire
    6” barrel
    Flat grip frame and factory grips
    6 cylinder
    Fixed front sight with a flat silver insert and a low profile target adjustable rear
    Serial number 655517, it appears on the butt of the grip and on the face of the cylinder
    The numbers on and under the crane are 9333
    The spur of the hammer is checkered and the trigger is serrated
     
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  4. bannockburn

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    .38 Special
    2" barrel
    Round butt
    5
    Fixed sights
    ALW11XX
    Model 649
     
  5. bannockburn

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    .357
    4" barrel
    Square butt
    6
    Adjustable rear sight
    AFE71XX
    Model 686
     
  6. ArchAngelCD

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    Your revolver seems to have been shipped in 1969. Sounds like a really nice revolver.
    Edit to correct the date.
    In reality it comes back as 1950. I apologize for the mistake. I hope it didn't cause you any problems. Its still a really nice revolver lol.
     
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  7. ArchAngelCD

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    It looks like your revolver was shipped in 1985.
     
  8. ArchAngelCD

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    I don't see the prices AFE listed in the book. Do you have the box? Are you sure it's AFE and not AEF? That would be 1985 like your other revolver posted here.
     
  9. bannockburn

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    AACD

    Just checked and it's definitely AFE.

    Thanks for the serial number look-up for the Model 649!
     
  10. Jim Watson

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    I find 1950 for that K38 Masterpiece, not 1969. That is right around the time that they were changing barrel profiles so that all calibers weighed the same, so you might have a Masterpiece or a Heavy Masterpiece. If you have a kitchen scale, does it weigh 36 ounces or 38 1/2?
     
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  11. ktmmudd

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    I will check the weight tomorrow and post it. Thanks. I weighed it; it looks like 36 ounces.
     
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  12. MORedneck

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    I came into a .32 Long, SN 543502. Model 77-70. Any ideas? I really don't don't know much about S&W revolvers.
     
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  13. Thomasss

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    MORedneck I came into a .32 Long, SN 543502. Model 77-70. Any ideas? I really don't don't know much about S&W revolvers.

    Where did you get the Model number from? A Model 77 is an air rifle. More information and a picture would help a lot.
     
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  14. MORedneck

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    I can't figure out the pics but the model # is inside the frame in front of the cylinder
     
  15. ldlfh7

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    Vintage model 36 pre dash. I was lucky enough to find this little guy and the more I research it, it seems to be a pretty early model in excellent condition. Has the flat latch cylinder ejector piece which I know dates it back to an early model. My biggest question is the 783 on the inside of the frame where you would usually see MOD 36. What does this number represent?? Also, when was this manufactured? Any idea of value?

    Thank you in advance
     

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  16. Blues1

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    What year? Thank you!

    686 no dash
    Stainless
    6" barrel
    ABB 59xx
     
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  17. Jim Watson

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    Made around 1954 back when Smith and Wessons had names like "Chiefs Special", not soulless model numbers.
    The 783 is a fitting number used to keep parts together at the factory. No significance after it was assembled, serial numbered, and sold.
    I can't guess a dollar value, but an early one with flat latch and small trigger guard is definitely of interest to S&W People.
     
  18. ArchAngelCD

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    I'm not seeing the prefix ABB in my books. I know the 686 no dash was only made from 1980 to 1985. If I had to guess I would say it's a 1982 or 1983 but that's just a guess from the other prefixes around it. It's possible your gun is part of a special run, email S&W and they can tell you. Years ago I bought a M640 and couldn't find they year of shipping. S&W told me it was part of a special run in 1976.

    Sorry I can't tell you for sure.
     
  19. Olympus

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    Looking for a mfg date on a Model 66 no dash with a serial number 6K6520X. Thanks!
     
  20. MORedneck

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    It isn't an air rifle! It is a 32 Long! On the butt is the serial #543502. Inside the cylinder and on the bottom of the barrel is the model #77 70.
     
  21. Jim Watson

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    You have a .32 Hand Ejector OR a .32 Regulation Police (They were serial numbered in the same series so it would take pictures to say which.) made soon after WWII, 1946 or 1947.
    77 70 is not a model number. What you see is a fitting number used only to keep unfinished parts together at the factory.
    S&W did not assign model numbers until 1957 when that gun became a Model 30 or Model 31.
     
  22. MORedneck

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    Thank you! I cant seem to figure out how to do pictures. It has a small, round grip if that makes a difference
     
  23. Jim Watson

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    That makes it a .32 Hand Ejector, the Regulation Police is a square butt.
     
  24. MORedneck

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    Thank you!! I couldn't find anything on it and S&W is no help.
     
  25. Blues1

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    Thank you!!
     
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