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Old January 26, 2013, 10:51 PM   #5951
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Serial number question

I have what I think is a 32 short top loading double action Smith & Wesson.

The serial number on the butt of the handle is only 4 numbers long. It is 35xx.

I'm very interested in date of production.
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Old January 27, 2013, 07:38 PM   #5952
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32 short top loading double action
Since S&W reused the same serial numbers on different models back then I first need to figure out what model you have.
Does it have a concealed hammer or and exposed hammer with grip safety?

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Old January 27, 2013, 11:19 PM   #5953
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Hello all, brand new guy here. A little intro on me is as the username suggests I am an avid fisherman (bass, striper). I am 45 and I have been shooting for real for the past 23 years. My first smith revolver was a model 10, that I no longer have. I "graduated" to a model 15 shortly thereafter. Since then if I have had a revolver with me it has been a S&W. My 640 goes everywhere with me when the Sig 226 .40 is not practical.

I come to you today to date two guns.

The first is the aforementioned model 15 (8K55xxx).

The second gun is what I believe is the precursor to the model 14. It has been in my family for years. It is a 6" adjustable sight K frame. The right side of the barrel is marked '38 S&W special ctg.' the left side is marked 'Smith & Wesson' (K 218xxx).

Thank you very much for your help. I look forward to learning more here on the boards.
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Old January 28, 2013, 02:19 PM   #5954
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32 short

Jim, thanks for the help. The pistol has an exposed hammer, however no safety that I can tell. It's possible I'm not looking at the hammer properly?
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Old January 28, 2013, 07:25 PM   #5955
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The pistol has an exposed hammer, however no safety that I can tell. It's possible I'm not looking at the hammer properly?
You looked at it correct... I typed the description wrong.
It's a .32 Double Action 2nd Model.
Serial numbers ran from 31 in 1880 to 22172 in 1882.

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model 15 (8K55xxx).
(K 218xxx).
8K55xxx = 1975.
K218xxx = 1954 and would be a K-38 Masterpiece. It became the model 14 when S&W began assigning model numbers ~1957.

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Old January 29, 2013, 01:22 AM   #5956
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Thank you!
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Old January 29, 2013, 06:46 AM   #5957
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Jim, thanks!

I knew it was possibly that old, but figured it was made after 1900.

It's in excellent condition, anybody have a range of values I could use for insurance purposes?
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Old January 29, 2013, 03:49 PM   #5958
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How about 642-2. Serial #dcl2xxx
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Old January 29, 2013, 05:42 PM   #5959
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642-2. Serial #dcl2xxx
Book only covers up to 2004. Yours is recent manufacture. A call to S&W customer service will get you the DOB over the phone for free.

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It's in excellent condition, anybody have a range of values I could use for insurance purposes?
Ranges from $200 in good to $600 or so in excellent based on 2006 pricing.

Jim
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Old January 29, 2013, 05:59 PM   #5960
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old 32 long

First post here and I appreciate all of the help.

I have a S&W 32 long barrel says 32 long OTG , but from what I read it might be CTG Serial number is 458xxx.

I was wondering if someone could tell me the year of Manufacture. I got this from my grandfather years ago. I was wondering what it could be worth also, thanks for the help.
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Old January 29, 2013, 06:03 PM   #5961
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Thanks for the info

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Old January 29, 2013, 06:08 PM   #5962
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CTG Serial number is 458xxx
CTG stands for cartridge.
SN's ran from 260000 in 1917 to 536000 in 1942. Best guess would be early/mid 1930's.
Value can range from $300 to $700 plus depending on condition.

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Old January 30, 2013, 01:28 PM   #5963
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Thanks for the info Jim
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Old January 31, 2013, 08:58 PM   #5964
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I got a couple that my dad gave me years ago. Shoot them quite often.

First is a Model 17-2 (22lr) K554XXX

2sd one is 38 SPL #108XX (has special CTG) on side of barrel, and is Stainless.

Many thanks in advance.
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Old February 1, 2013, 03:03 PM   #5965
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First is a Model 17-2 (22lr) K554XXX
2sd one is 38 SPL #108XX (has special CTG) on side of barrel, and is Stainless.
K554xxx = late 1963 or early 1964.
108xx = that SN is too early for a stainless gun, nickel maybe?
See pic for location of serial number. Also, is it a 5 or 6 shot?

Jim

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Old February 1, 2013, 07:23 PM   #5966
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108xx = that SN is too early for a stainless gun, nickel maybe?
See pic for location of serial number. Also, is it a 5 or 6 shot?

Many thanks for the response.
You are right it is nickel and is a 6 shot.
Inside when I swing the cylinder out is the number 186XX.
On the butt is the number I posted 108XX.
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Old February 1, 2013, 08:41 PM   #5967
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On the butt is the number I posted 108XX.
Well, that number would date it to the original 1st model Military & Police.
SN's ran from 1 in 1899 to 22975 in 1902.
Would love to see a picture of it.

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Old February 1, 2013, 09:11 PM   #5968
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Will try and get it posted over the weekend, this one is definately not one that has been kept in the closet. It is a little rough.
Why would there be two different numbers on it?

Again thanks for the info.
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Old February 1, 2013, 09:15 PM   #5969
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Why would there be two different numbers on it?
Usually the numbers in the frame cutout are assembly numbers.

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Old February 2, 2013, 12:31 PM   #5970
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Model 66, 2.5" barrel, recessed chambers but barrel not pinned.

Serial #1H99K07xx

I am interested in date of manufacture and value in 98% condition.
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Old February 2, 2013, 08:12 PM   #5971
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Serial #1H99K07xx
The 1H is not part of the serial number. 99K07xx = 1981.
$600 area.

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Old February 2, 2013, 09:41 PM   #5972
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Thank you, Jim.
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Old February 3, 2013, 06:25 PM   #5973
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S&W 22 long rifle CTG 4 digit serial?

Another newby here--I recently inherited a Smith and Wesson 22 Long Rifle CTG revolver. From most of the websites it looks like most have 6 digit serial numbers. Mine has a K231X stamped on the bottom of the grip and on the face of the cylinder. It also has S 17 stamped on the flat of the frame where the cylinder closes. Any idea of the background and how old the gun is?
Thanks!
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Old February 4, 2013, 06:00 PM   #5974
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S&W Mod 60 .38 Spcl

hi all,

just picked this up from an old neighbor

looking to gather some info, dob etc.**s/n AVU39xx

thanks in advance
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Old February 4, 2013, 06:18 PM   #5975
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Mine has a K231X
K-22 Masterpiece (postwar 3rd model).
Serial number dates it to 1947.
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s/n AVU39xx
Starting in the early 1980's all S&W models went to the same serial number sequence so the only thing I can tell you from the serial number is that it was made in 1987.

Jim
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