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S&W -Not sure, might be Model 10 snub nose

Discussion in 'Firearms Research' started by Arizona74, May 11, 2009.

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  1. Arizona74

    Arizona74 Member

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    I have a gun I recently purchased, but due to financial problems I was looking at selling it. I want to make sure I know what it really is and what it's worth. There are several numbers on it-
    96xxxx -on the cylinder
    48 xxx on the frame with a 3 and an L next to it
    here are some pictures:

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    if the links don't work here is my photobucket site-
    http://s428.photobucket.com/albums/qq8/jjnarizona/
     
  2. Oro

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    The pictures in the link are really tiny, so it's not possible to see the condition and guestimate value, but it is a 2" pre-model 10 Military & Police
     
  3. Oyeboten

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    Larger-better images...would really help!

    Also, remove the rubber grip, and describe the Serial Number as it appears on the bottom of the Butt, including any Letters preceding it...


    But yeah...looks like a very late M&P...which someone put newer Rubber Stocks on.


    Regardless, these tend to do prety well on Gunbroker...usually selling in the mid 300s or low or mid 400s when in usual used ( but still 'nice' if with mild soft Holser wear ) condition.

    Older ones do better than later ones...


    They are good Revolvers...
     
  4. Oro

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    No, it's a transition model I believe. That much I can tell despite the tiny photos. 1947 or 1948. The s/n will have an S-prefix and it will be between S 8xx,xxx up to S 990,xxx. Or maybe you consider that "late" which you fairly could since it ran from 1899 to 1957 (the M&P "pre-10"). I would call "late" after 1952 once it got the modern ramped front sight, but that's my own way of thinking and certainly not a "definition" by any stretch. So yes, you could call that "late" I guess.

    You also need to note the grip shape when you take the grips off - round or square. I believe the 2" came both ways in this period, and a buyer will ask, and you can't tell with the goodyear grips on it. The s/n will also be on the cylinder face, barrel (flat on the underside), and the ejector star (underside). They should all match.
     
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  5. Oyeboten

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    Yes...by late, I meant having a letter prefix, but, preceding the Model 10...but no so very 'late' as to have forgone the Round Front Sight...so, moderately 'late', one could say...Lol...


    Not sure when the first 'Snubbies' came out in the M&P line...but they seem rather scarce prior to the Post War time frame, by which, as you remind, the S or C prefix is found.


    I have one, which is a "C" prefix, and it is really very nice to shoot, or carry.

    Very natural as for aiming.



    Phil
    About to hit the hay...long day...
    in Las Vegas
     
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