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S&W Born on Date

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by rhoggman, Oct 11, 2010.

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  1. rhoggman

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    Anyone know where to look up manufacture dates for S&W revolvers?

    From the limited research I have done about my 10-5 round butt w/ 4" barrel I believe it was made in the 60's sometime.

    Also I have heard from some people that there was some sort of time period before which modern metallurgy techniques were used to create the cylinders.

    Is it safe to shoot +P ammo through this gun?

    Serial Number begins with d376***
     
  2. rcmodel

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    Yes, any modern K-Frame S&W is fine with +P.

    The Model 10-5 was only made in 1962, so I would have to say that is the year yours was made. The 10-5 change consisted of a 1/10" to a 1/8" front sight blade.

    The anomaly is, your D376xxx serial # makes it 1971-72, so??

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  3. Lucky Derby

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    The best place is not online. it is by getting a copy of "The Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson." Currently in it's third edition.
     
  4. rhoggman

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    It has the box, paperwork, cleaning rod & brush in plastic wrapper, and receipt with it. It was purchased in 1971, so that would make sense.

    Original purchase price was $69.95 + 2.80 tax = 72.75, (I paid $300). If you account for inflation since 1971 the new price would be approaching $900 in today's money.

    I wasn't sure if it was the new or used price. I am assuming now this is the original reciept. Also looks to have been purchased from Globe Distributors in COCOA, FL.
     
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    the best source for the man date is S&W, I e-mailed my ser# to customer service @ smith and they sent me the date in a couple of days.
     
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    If you call S&W customer service and give them your serial #,they'll tell you your manufacture date...Just did it for my new 1973 M36...
     
  7. rhoggman

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    What is considered modern? This could have been manufactured as early as 68, and never shipped until 71.

    I hear many differing opinions on shooting +P ammo out of the model 10. Obviously some of them were made in the early 1900's so it makes sense not to shoot +P out of them. Was there some certain time when the metal was considered strong enough to handle the extra pressure?
     
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    They started hardening the cylinders in the 1920's. The years varied.
     
  10. Lucky Derby

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    Modern is considered post WWII. S&W will tell you the "model marked" guns. Those started in 1957.
    For safety sake I generally stick with the WWII guideline, but many knowledgable shooters will shoot the hotter ammo in guns going back to the 1930's.
    BTW .38+p isn't really that hot. +P is a little under what standard loads once were. Today's standard loads are really "watered down".
     
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    The 10-5 was actually produced from 1962 to 1977. It was the 10-4 that was only produced in 1962.
    As mentioned by rcmodel, D376xxx falls in the 1971-1972 period.Serial range for those years was D300001 to D420000.
     
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