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Smith Wesson date of manufacture

Discussion in 'Firearms Research' started by M2HMGHB, Jan 29, 2004.

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  1. M2HMGHB

    M2HMGHB Member

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    Hello all, i'm looking for the year that my 2 smith wesson pistols were made. One is a Model 41 22lr with a serial number of A6609** and a Smith Wesson model 19-5 with a serial number of AFD03**. Any help appreciated.
    Scott
     
  2. Mike Irwin

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    Ok, the 19-5 is sometime in the 1980s, after 1983. I'm pretty sure that the -5 indicates that the gun is no longer pinned & recessed.

    I'll look this evening when I get home for information on your 41, and hopefully be able to pin down a specific year on your 19.
     
  3. BeLikeTrey

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    does the serial indicate date?

    if so translations? how does one interpret the numbers?
     
  4. M2HMGHB

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    Thanks Mike I owe ya one(i got the model 41 for 250 bucks, lucky me ehh?). There are books out there that offer the ranges for specific years if i recall correctly. I havent had the money to invest in one so I come here for some assistance.
     
  5. Mike Irwin

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    Trey,

    One needs a book listing the serial numbers that have been used by the factory during a particular time period.

    They're not coded to represent dates.

    The best book on the subject is "The Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson" by Jim Supica and Rick Nahaus.
     
  6. Mike Irwin

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    Model 19 was made sometime in 1984.

    The Model 41 was made early to mid 1981.
     
  7. BeLikeTrey

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    Thanks Mike

    I'll look into it! I have a 39(-B I think) that my Grandad left me (along with the remington 760 Gamemaster that I took my first Boar with). Your advice is much appreciated, as I am anxious to know more about these tools that my grandfather had. Sounds like I'll find what I need in that book. Thanks again!
     
  8. M2HMGHB

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    holy cow mike, the 19 was made the year i was born :D
     
  9. Mike Irwin

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    I may be old in years but i am wise beyond them Mike. Haven't you heard the saying "Too young wise too old young"?
     
  11. Mike Irwin

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    "I may be old in years but i am wise beyond them Mike."

    Don't you mean you may NOT be old in years?

    May want to think the predicate phrase to that sentence... :D :neener:
     
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    jeez you can tell how lousy im doin today. oh well you are correct Mike. Thanks
     
  13. KewToo

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    Looking at an OLD post; but need help with S&W serial numbers / DOB
    2 guns: "Snub Nose" .38 Spl.
    1. SN: C 181991 - 5 shot rounded front sight. bbl= 2"
    2. SN: J 11975 - 5 shot; front sight tapering down back to frame
    both standard wood grips - typical J frame type.
    Doing an estate confirmation of value.
    Mfg. dates appreciated... I tried S&W and they are way too slow.
    Thanks! Q2
     
  14. BADSBSNF81

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    Remember that DOM is an estimate. What S&W will tell you when you call is the date it shipped. It could have been built anytime before that.

    Kew Too
    J11975 - 69-70
    C181991 - 48-52

    you will have to call S&W to narrow them any further. My estimate is 69 and 49 based on other numbers I have seen.
     
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    BAD'... Thanks very much!! Close (within 10 years) is my best friend at this point.
    This report is due in probate on Dec. 3rd. Could not wait for S&W to "narrow any further". Your help (and estimate) is really appreciated!

    Best regards, Q2
     
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