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S&W serial number

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by prorope, Jun 15, 2010.

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  1. prorope

    prorope Member

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    I have a vintage S&W revolver Serial # 8065x that I need info on.
    Any help would be appreciated.
     
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    Swinging open the cylinder... inside, at the pivot point... do you find a model number stamped into the metal?
     
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    Did you try the first thread in this forum? {DOB for S&W revolvers}
     
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    Most S&W models had their own serial number range, so there are several possibilities. To ID it I will need the following:
    Top break or Swing out cylinder?
    Single action or double action?
    caliber?
    number of chambers in the cylinder?
    Any markings or patent dates?
    Barrel length?
    Pictures would help as well.

    Post these and I'll get back to you.
     
  5. prorope

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    Nothing.
    This a top break revolver.
     
  6. prorope

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    It's a top break.
    It is double action.
    Five cylinders.
    Short 38.
    Four inch barrell.
    It's hammerless.
    It has a palm safety simular to a 1911 has.
    I'll try and get pics posted.
     
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    Radagast Moderator Staff Member

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    prorope:
    You have a S&W .38 Safety Hammerless 3rd model manufactured between 1890 & 1898 in the serial range 42484 to 116002. Caliber is .38 S&W, not .38 Short Colt or .38 S&W Special.
    The Safety Hammerless was manufactured in .32 S&W & .38 S&W, they were also known as the New Departure (due to the new design) and unofficially as the 'Lemon Squeezer' due to the grip safety.
    Your gun was designed to shoot black powder loads, I would stick to these or an equivalent black powder substitute. Modern .38 S&W is loaded down to suit the old back powder guns but the pressure still peaks faster than blackpowder, so you will see more rapid wear with modern ammo.
    If you are looking for ammo Old Western Scrounger may stock it.

    In various versions the Safety Hammerless was produced from 1887 to 1940.

    Although well made and interesting guns, they are not particularly rare, so values are not high. In 2006 the Standard Catalog of S&W gave the following values:
    As New $750, Excellent Plus $600, Excellent $475, Fine $300,Very Good $235, Good $195, Fair $135, Poor $75.
     
  8. prorope

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    Thanks alot.
    sounds like a keep sake.
     
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