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

Serial Number 15284x


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.



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

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.


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.)


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 ...


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 ?


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 ...


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).

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 ...