I'm looking for some assistance on manufacture dates for a couple of older Smiths that I've got in my collection. I've sent away for factory letters, but no reply yet.
The first is a 28-2 Highway Patrolman, .357, 6" barrel, marked "Wash State Patrol", in great shape. Serial #S271xxx. Underneath that is OD. 28-2.
Next is a 38/44 Heavy Duty, 6.5" barrel, 38 S.&W. Special Ctg, excellent condition. Serial S 161xxx on butt of pistol; with “6 4757” or “8 4757” with a 3 in a circle under the 4, and an H on top the 7 inside frame in yoke area.
Any help would be appreciated.