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Smith & Wesson Model 17-1 8 3/8" Serial Number Question

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by s&w.collector, Oct 13, 2010.

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  1. s&w.collector

    s&w.collector Member

    Oct 13, 2010
    I have a S&W Model 17-1, 4 screw , Nickel , 8 3/8 " barrel made in 1961, and the serial number on the bottom of the barrell is six digits followed by 2 Stars ???
    What does the 2 stars indicate ???

    The gun is nickel finish but my book does not show Nickel finish for that year and model ?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated
  2. Radagast
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    Radagast Moderator

    Dec 24, 2002
    The star means a factory rework. It looks like yours has been back to the factory twice. If the star is under the nickel it's a safe bet that the nickel finish is not original, it may be the reason for one of the stars.
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