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S&W year of manufacture

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by kentucky bucky, Mar 19, 2004.

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  1. kentucky bucky

    kentucky bucky Member

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    Hey folks,

    Is there anywhere to go on the internet to find the year of manufacture of a S&W? If not , how would a fellow find out such a thing?


    thanks
     
  2. RUT

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    The quickest way is to post a partial ser# (K234XXX) along with the model# and one of us would be glad to help.
     
  3. Brian Williams

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    Put the serial number here quite a few of us have the book Standard Catalog of S&W firearms.

    The serial number that you are looking for will be on the bottom of the grip frame, If you are a Tin foil hat type list the last few numbers as a xxx I.e. abc12xxx. It would also help if you listed the full model number and the frame size
     
  4. kentucky bucky

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    Serial Number

    It is a Mod 57 With the serial number N730xxx. It should be pre-82, but thats all I know. thanks
     
  5. RUT

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    Probably a '72 or '73 model.
     
  6. FPrice

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    "N730xxx"

    According to Supica and Nahas:
    Models: 25, 27, 28, 29, 57, 58, 520, 629 (approximate dates)
    Year Serial Number
    1980 N580000-N700000
    1980 N700001-N790000

    To get more exact you would need to send a history request (plus $30) to Roy Jinks at S&W. It's worth it IF the gun might have some particular value, historical, sentimental, or otherwise.
     
  7. Chuck

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    Model 64 year?

    I also am wondering what year my Smith & Wesson was made. I bought a nickel colored model 64 (K frame) 38 Special used at a pawn shop, and know nothing about it. The serial # is bpj6383. Thanks.
     
  8. FPrice

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    Chuck...

    "a nickel colored model 64 (K frame) 38 Special...bpj6383"

    That Model 64 is a Stainless Steel gun.

    Nov 1993 BPExxx
    Dec 1993 BPKxxx

    Model 64s are good guns but a bit beefy for a K-frame. Of course the precursor to the Model 65 (a .357 Magnum) was made from a Model 64.
     
  9. kentucky bucky

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    Thanks for the help, it's greatly appreciated
     
  10. Headless

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    Sorry to bump an ancient thread, but i figured it would be better than making yet another thread about the same topic. A good friend of mine has a model 64 S/N D552*** and I am trying to ascertain if it's good to go for +P rounds, and when it was manufactured. Any help would be appreciated
     
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    Lol, gave me a good laugh, Thanks :p
     
  12. Old Fuff

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    The "D" prefix wasn't used on model 64's, but "1D" was. Check your serial number again.

    Serial No 1D 552,xxx is too high for the "1D" series, that ended at 1D 99,999 in 1980. If the number is 1D 55,2xx it was made in 1979 or (less likely) 1980

    Or it could be anything from a "2D" prefix to a "9D" one. Obviously we need to know more.

    According to S&W, those models stamped with a model number (post 1957) can be used with limited amounts of plus-p ammunition.
     
  13. Headless

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    This is very interesting; there is positively no number before the D in the serial #... i assume it is the serial #, as it is etched into the butt of the grip. "MOD.64" is engraved on the frame of the gun where the cylinder swing-arm dealio covers when the cylinder is shut... and there is a number etched on the swing-arm itself, it's only 5 digits though. and starts with "101". Perhaps the lack of a # before the letter D is equivalent to 1D? Strange indeed
     
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    Indeed, so I researched further...

    Supposedly the “D” series of serial numbers were used on models 10, 12, 13, 14, and 45, where serial numbers in the “1D” series were used on models 64 and 65. Then those in series “2D” through “7D” were used on models 10, 12, 13, 45, 64, 65 and 547.

    Thus Smith & Wesson’s propensity to put different models into a single serial number range and mix them up has sometimes caused mass confusion. Their practice at the time was to make frames, serial number them, and then at some future time pull them out of inventory and make them into different model revolvers. Such a mess we have here… :confused:

    The model 64 is nothing more or less then a model 10 (.38 Military & Police) made out of stainless steel. It was introduced in 1970, and marked on the frame inside the yoke cut as “MOD 64”. The number “101” on the yoke (swing-arm dealio) :) is an assembly number and of no consequence to us now.

    The “1D” serial number series didn’t start until 1976 at serial No. 1D 1. The “D” series ended in 1977 at No. D 999,999. (not D 99,999 as I first thought). Obviously S&W did make some models 64 and 65 in the “D” serial number series, my research book not withstanding.

    With all of this figured out I would estimate that your friend's model 64, serial No. D 552,xxx was made around 1973, and should be safe to use with Plus – P ammunition, although extensive use of some kinds of such ammunition might accelerate wear.

    Hope this finely answers your questions.
     
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    On this SW Highway Patrolman, the s/n is:

    n542172


    Any way to tell me the year or any other info from that?
     
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    >>Any way to tell me the year or any other info from that?<<


    Yup, 1978. :)
     
  17. Headless

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    Wow, old fluff - amazing research. Thanks very much, he'll be happy to know when it was made. (i had already decided +P would be good after reading up on it from various posts). He really loves this gun :)
     
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    Ok, now I too am curious as to the 'birthdate' of my 4" Mod # 28-2. Serial # is: N9540XX

    Mine is due for a "tune-up" after purchasing used with unknown round count and the subsequent 1000 rounds of full magnums I have shot through it.
    Maybe a refinish? I bet case hardening would look cool!

    Thanks for any info you can provide.
     
  19. amishjosh

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    I too have a question about a S&W revolver that has passed down to me.

    Serial number C1945XX

    That's stamped on the butt and on the barrel below the ejector rod.

    Any information that anyone could provide would be appreciated.
     
  20. Prof. A. Wickwire

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    Folks,

    I also have a date question on a Smith & Wesson revolver. It is either a Model 19 or 27, ssn: 641##

    Any information would be appreciated.

    Sincerely,

    Prof. A. Wickwire
     
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    There should be a letter prefix before these numbers. We need that to pinpoint what you might have. Also, is there a model number stamped inside the crane area?
     
  22. FPrice

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    This is probably about a 1951-52 (give or take a year) manufacture. In some serial number ranges it is difficult to pinpoint without a Roy Jinks history letter. Can you tell us more about it? Caliber? Barrel length? All steel or alloy frame? These can help narrow down what model it is.
     
  23. Prof. A. Wickwire

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    OK,

    Here are the details on my soon to be revolver:
    Smith & Wesson Model 19-5
    SSN: 201K###
    Bbl: 2.5"

    Thank you for any information.

    Sincerely,

    Prof. A. Wickwire
     
  24. stealthgoat

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    I don't have any S &W reference books, could someone look these up?

    1st I have had a long time, a clean M28-2 blue 4" sn N966xx

    2nd is pretty nice M13-2 blue 3" sn 8D464xx that my wife has taken as hers.

    Thanks!
    Tim
     
  25. Prof. A. Wickwire

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    Here are the details on my revolver:
    Smith & Wesson Model 19-5
    SSN: 201K###
    Bbl: 2.5"

    Does anyone have the year of manufacture for this revolver? I know it was made between 1984 and 2000, but would like a more specific date.

    Thank you for any information.

    Sincerely,

    Prof. A. Wickwire
     
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