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What's the 'dash' number of this S&W?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Gary in Pennsylvania, Oct 22, 2004.

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  1. Gary in Pennsylvania

    Gary in Pennsylvania Member

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    657-3.jpg

    I love it! I love it! I love it! :what:
    What dash number was this S&W offered as?

    BTW - Taken from this site... http://www.calzaretta.com/revolvers.html


    Thanks!
     
  2. SDC

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    There shouldn't be a "dash" after the 657; that revolver was offered as the "657" from 1986 until 1988, then as the "657-1" from 1988 until 1989, then as the "657-2" from 1989 until 1994, etc. The latest version I see in The Std. Catalog of S&W is the 657-4, introduced in 1998. HTH.
     
  3. Gary in Pennsylvania

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    uuuUUUUOOOOooh...

    Thanks SDC! Of those sunsequent versions, were any offered in this particular barrel length?

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    The Standard Catalog says they made a run of 200 3" 657s in 1998 (657-4s), but the only other 3"s were made in 1986. They also show the Performance Centre as having made a run of 2 5/8" barrels in 1999, but those are the shortest ones I see listed here. HTH.
     
  5. Majic

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    The ones made in 1986 were catalogued models. All others were made on a very limited basis for distributors.
    Here's My 1986 model with factory Combat stocks:
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  6. Old Fuff

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    When S&W makes a change that effects part interchangeability they issue a dash number. Cataloged items and special runs are given a Product Number to identify them, and it is marked in the end-label on the box.

    I think the Product Number of the revolver you illustrated is 103951 (3"/RB/RR/WO) or 3" barrel/round butt/red insert front sight/white outlined rear sight. Made in 1986. It was a factory issue limited run and not cateloged.
     
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    Being manufactured in 1986 would make this particular guin a 657 (no dash)
    It seems that the vast majority of 3" models were made in 1986.
    However I have seen one 3" 657 that had a 657-2 frame marking.


    SDC, the 657-4 had the MIM trigger & hammer with the firing pin in the frame instead of on the hammer as the pictured has. I believe there were also unfluted with full lugs.
     
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