Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Brian Williams, Jun 21, 2008.
My information indicates: 1981
a) 38 s&w spl
b) not sure of the length but here’s some pics
c) round but not original
d) 5 shots
e) don’t know what they are called
g) Mod 36
I actually took the grips off to get at the serial. Here’s the pics below. I’ve also included pics of other numbers that people have said to be the assembly number. I don’t know much about old guns as I’m more of a Glock guy but have pretty much figured out most of the handguns thru friends. It’s really just the revolvers that none of my friends seem to not know much about.
I wanted to ask if this model are ok firing +p loads as those were the boxes that were stashed with this one but I also found some 38 spl reloads in a plastic container.
You might like to contact S&W and they can look the gun original sales for you. In the mean time, take a magnet to the frame and see if it sticks. Some variations include aluminum frames. Also, try to cock the hammer, there were double action only models too.
After saying all this good stuff, I noticed your barrel isn't pinned as the earlier models were and it has the newer and larger cylinder release. I also checked and found the Model 36 rarely used varient model numbers so the only number known is a 36-1 for a larger barrel. So the gun could be a 1973 model...best to call S&W.
Recently acquired my first S&W, I think mid-90’s
629-4 Mountain Gun
pinned front sight
1997 according to my "book":
1997 – CBN, CBP, CBT, CBU, CCD, CCE, CCF, CCH
Supica, Jim,Nahas, Richard. Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson (Standard Catalog of Smith and Wesson) (Kindle Location 17058). F+W Media. Kindle Edition.
My book has no info for the "DCX" prefix.
More physical info on your gun is required. There were a number of issues in the early 90s right at the time of your three letter code, which caused S&W jump around with their serial number prefix. Physical description could narrow the time line down quite a bit.
Thanks. It is a 442-2 with a lock and rated for +P. Maybe this image helps:
b) 4 inch barrel
c) square butt
e) iron sights, half moon front
f) SN- 625507
g) it's a pre-model number
From my "book", 1905 to 1906
.38 Special Hand Ejector M&P
Supica, Jim,Nahas, Richard. Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson (Standard Catalog of Smith and Wesson) (Kindle Locations 16769-16774). F+W Media. Kindle Edition.
For that I am thankful!
Well it is no older than 2004 anyway.
Thanks for all your research.
B.) 1 ⅞ inch
E.) Iron sights ?
G.) MOD 36 no dash
Well hey, So I went back to that gun shop and they had found the case for the S&W 442. It had all the goodies including the original fired case in a closed envelope that is DATED: 11-20-08.
So the gun was manufactured in 2008.
This gun frame appears to be manufactured between 1971-1972 according to the serial number.
Thank you for the information! This is my first s&w revolver. I am a new collector and excited about being a part of this forum. Thanks again
Unfortunately the SCSW 4th Edition does not break down the first 4 years of the "C" series revolvers into years.
Your Serial # comes back in the range of C1 - C223993 from 1948 to 1951.
I feel your pain because my M&P has a C 5 digit serial number which I'm guessing is 1948. Your C 6 digit number is probably from 1950 to early 1951 but remember, the serial numbers aren't always linear or equal numbers in each year.
Sorry I couldn't narrow it down any closer. If your revolvers is in collectors condition (mine is not) you can always send in a request for a letter from the S&W Historian, Roy Jinks if it's important.
Thanks, close enough for this old beater, even though it is one of the last of the transitional guns (old style hammer). I suspect it was carried by a cop who was not concerned about its external appearance, and who dented some skulls with it, but rarely fired it because the internals show no wear. It would be much more interesting to find out what experiences it endured after leaving the factory. Alas…
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