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Patch44
August 16, 2009, 12:55 PM
Got this awhie back from FIL ... been sitting in my gun vault.

Serial Number 15284x

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b390/mrskti/John/IMG_0002.jpg

No markings at all, even under grips or on barrel. Not even sure it is a .32, but had a box of .32 Colt (edit: .32 SW) with it.

Anyone ident help would be nice, or redirect to someplace. Boy they made a lot of different pistols back when.

Thanks,

John

Edit: Found same serial number on cyl. Nothing in barrel that I can see yet.

PetahW
August 16, 2009, 07:17 PM
It looks like a .32 Double Action Second Model, made 1880-1882.
If it is, the serial number would fall in between #31 and #22,172.

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James K
August 16, 2009, 08:31 PM
The position of the pins plus the serial number indicates that the gun is a .32 caliber, Double Action, Fourth Model, made from 1883 to 1909, serial numbers 43406 to 282999. (Serial numbers below approximately 209,300 are antiques under Federal law, made before 1 Jan 1899.)

The squareback guard could have been put on as a matter of using up old parts, but by that number it was probably either a special order or a replacement. (The Third, Fourth and Fifth Model trigger guards interchange, but most Third Model guards still had the square back.)

Jim

Patch44
August 17, 2009, 07:38 AM
Thanks ...

Why no markings ???

I have looked this whole thing over with a glass (grips removed) and found only the serial numbers on the butt and cyl .. they match.

I looked above the grips where the SW stamp should be in the frame and see no evidence of markings. Could this be a knock off with Smith grips, or did they not do that back then ??

Also have a well worn holster that appears to be left handed, unless it's a cross draw.

Thanks for the info so far ...

John

PetahW
August 17, 2009, 07:54 AM
Yep - a Fourth Model [Serial Number 15284x] with an early TG.

You would have gotten a quicker, more accurate answer, had you included the SN in your OP - BEFORE our answers.

S&W didn't mark the sideplate until much later - did you check the barrel sides & rib top for stampings ?

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Patch44
August 17, 2009, 08:21 AM
Second line had serial number in OP ... edit added the fact that I found the same serial number on the cyl.

I figurred' that would be vital in identifying this gun.

Any value, or just a paper weight ??? No history from anyone on this gun, so I don't think its a family heirloom ...

Thanks ...

John

Tamara
August 21, 2009, 10:47 AM
The DA topbreaks don't seem to bring much dough unless they're in extremely primo condition. I paid less than $200 for my .32 DA back in '06 (http://cosmolineandrust.blogspot.com/2007/05/sunday-smith-1.html).

Patch44
September 7, 2009, 07:30 PM
Thanks for the info ...

Sorry for the delay ... I forgot all about this post.

Probably just pass it on to a relative ...

John