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Markings on s&w 27-2

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by shillito4, Jan 18, 2011.

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  1. shillito4

    shillito4 Member

    Jan 17, 2011
    When I took the grips off my s&w 27-2, there where some interesting stamps. I have added pictures of them. The right side has an I inside of a triangle, a D inside of a circle, and some numbers. The left side is more interesting. It has a large N ( I am guessing this denotes the frame), an RE, an L10, a 64, a combination of numbers different from the left side, and the then some combination of symbols I do not understand nor can I tell what they are. The pic of this side is not that good.

    If anyone knows what these are it would be much appreciated.


    I post this on here before, so the pics can be found on this thread

  2. DickM

    DickM Member

    Jun 30, 2006
    Overlooking the Baker River Valley
    Most of these seemingly random stampings that are found on the frames and other parts of a lot of S&Ws have no particular significance - presumably they meant something at one time, but not now. Numbers and number/letter combinations are usually what are known as "assembly numbers," used to keep track of fitted parts during the manufacturing process - once the gun is reassembled and shipped they no longer have any purpose.

    The one mark on your gun that may be significant is the large "N". I doubt that it signifies the frame size. S&W used, and maybe still uses, an "N" to indicate that the gun was refinished in nickel (an "S" or "B" indicates a blued finish) by the factory, but SCSW says that the "N" was usually accompanied by a diamond or star, or was enclosed in a rectangle. They also say that some third-party refinishers may also use similar stampings to indicate the gun has been refinished, or that the "N" as stamped by S&W may indicate that the gun was returned for some other sort of work. All of those options aren't terribly helpful, I know, but that's all I can find in the book.
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