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Old January 28, 2010, 12:18 PM   #2476
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Greetings, could someone please help with the DOB of my latest purchase?

Highway Patrolman Model 28-2 Serial # N259157

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Old January 28, 2010, 03:38 PM   #2477
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Old January 28, 2010, 06:17 PM   #2478
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Old January 28, 2010, 08:49 PM   #2479
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DOB M&P 6"

I found (in my safe) a very nice 6" M&P 5 screw, Serial number C103595

Can anyne tell me when the C series began and ended and the approximate DOB?
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Old January 28, 2010, 10:02 PM   #2480
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C-prefix began in 1948.

1948-51 C1-C223998 Yours would fall into this timeframe.

The C prefix ended in 1967.
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Old January 28, 2010, 10:02 PM   #2481
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I found (in my safe) a very nice 6" M&P 5 screw, Serial number C103595
Can anyne tell me when the C series began and ended and the approximate DOB?
C103595 = 1948 to 1951 (C1 in 1948 to C223998 in 1951).
"C" prefix ran from 1948 to 1967 (C1 in 1948 to C999999 in 1967).

Jim

Edit: hey onebadscrambler, talk about timing...
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Old January 28, 2010, 10:06 PM   #2482
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Thanks

Thanks guys. That was just what I was interested in.
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Old January 29, 2010, 06:58 PM   #2483
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A friend of mine came across a small snub revolver and we have finally identified it as a S&W Terrier (Pre-model 38/32). I am looking to sell it but would like to know approximately when it was made. I know it was made before 1957 because it has no stamping for a model number and the gun was produced starting in 1936.
Serial number is 712XX.
Anyone willing to give me an approximate date?
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Old January 29, 2010, 07:28 PM   #2484
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Another 1- SW owner..

Hello,
I also have only one S&W in the stable.. can someone please date it? I'm thinking it was early '63-'64.
It's a K22 w/6" barrel SN= K4026xx

I am LOOKING FOR a K38 w/6" barrel of about the same manufacture so that I have a pair.. eventually I may also purchase a K32
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Old January 29, 2010, 10:52 PM   #2485
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A friend of mine came across a small snub revolver and we have finally identified it as a S&W Terrier (Pre-model 38/32). I am looking to sell it but would like to know approximately when it was made. I know it was made before 1957 because it has no stamping for a model number and the gun was produced starting in 1936.
Serial number is 712XX.
The .38/32 Terrier (Pre-War) started production in 1936 at serial number 38976 and ran to 1940 at serial number 54474.
The .38/32 Terrier (Postwar) (pre model 32) ran from serial number 54475 in 1948 to 122678 in 1974.
To get you closer, the trigger guard screw (upper front of trigger guard) was eliminated in 1953 and the upper side plate screw was eliminated in 1955 (from 4 sideplate screws to 3).

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I also have only one S&W in the stable.. can someone please date it? I'm thinking it was early '63-'64.
It's a K22 w/6" barrel SN= K4026xx
1960.
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I am LOOKING FOR a K38 w/6" barrel of about the same manufacture so that I have a pair.. eventually I may also purchase a K32
Great idea, but good luck finding the K32

Jim
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Old January 29, 2010, 10:57 PM   #2486
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Thanks Jim!!

Yes, I've heard they are rare... still.. having the triplets would be awesome...
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Old January 29, 2010, 11:28 PM   #2487
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Jim, yes that gets me closer. It's pre-1953 then, because it does have the trigger guard screw. Wow, so it's older than I thought.
If anyone knows a little more about these I'd love to know more about them in general.
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Old January 30, 2010, 01:12 PM   #2488
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Jim,
That was my quick draw. OK, More like just luck.
Thanks for allowing me to apprentice under ya.
Danny
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Old January 30, 2010, 06:12 PM   #2489
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I inheritied my grandfather's S&W .38 Special when he passed away in 1994. He was a mitilitary policeman in the army during WW2 and I initially thought it might be his army revolver. But having read some of the posts here, I think it is most likely a more recent model.

However, the number on the butt starts with 2D30XXX. Inside the revolver arm there is another number with 5 digits beinging with 96XXX. Also on the revolver arm, there is what looks to be an "after market" (for lack of a better word) stamp or engraving. It looks like it reads E13. But I can only read the top half of it. Are there any posts here that mention serial numbers such as this or any type of "after market" stamp/engraving. Are these things typical or can I hang on to the hope that there is something special about my grand dad's gun?
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Old January 30, 2010, 07:42 PM   #2490
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4506 auto (VAN7XXX)

Just aquired a police trade in and wondering the age. Any ideas?
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Old January 30, 2010, 09:34 PM   #2491
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Thanks for allowing me to apprentice under ya.
I and the other posters appreciate the help.

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the number on the butt starts with 2D30XXX
That is the serial number and dates it to 1977.
The other numbers/markings are assembly numbers.

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Just aquired a police trade in and wondering the age.
4506's were made from 1988 to 1999. The closest I can get is the "V" prefixes started in 1994.

Jim

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Old January 30, 2010, 09:40 PM   #2492
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smith and wesson help

Hey I was wondering if someone could look up two serial numbers for me.

I have a smith 3 and a half inch victory model .38 sw. The serial number is v 490xxx. it is stamped converted by cogswell and harrison ltd. london.

the second is a top break 38 sw the serial number is 200xxx.

if anyone could give me any history i would appriecaite it. I love history and would love to know more about my two 38.

Thanks for you help.
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Old January 30, 2010, 10:00 PM   #2493
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I have a smith 3 and a half inch victory model .38 sw. The serial number is v 490xxx. it is stamped converted by cogswell and harrison ltd. london.
V490XXX = 1942 to 1944. The 38 S&W versions were made for British military use. Many were converted to 38 Special after the war and resold. Cogswell and Harrison was one of several doing conversions.

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the second is a top break 38 sw the serial number is 200xxx.
That serial number was used on two models:
.38 Double Action 3rd Model. SN's ran from 119001 in 1884 to 322700 in 1895.
.38 Safty Hammerless 4th Model. SN's ran from 116003 in 1898 to 220000 in 1907.

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Old January 30, 2010, 10:19 PM   #2494
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Hey Jim thanks for the help. The second gun is the hammerless so I guess its from 1907. Wow thanks its cool to know that a gun in my safe is over 100 years old.

The victory gun is really cool too. So it could have been carried by a Britsh officer.

thanks again.
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Old January 30, 2010, 10:23 PM   #2495
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Oh hey one more question how come there are no model numbers on these guns.
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Old January 31, 2010, 12:22 AM   #2496
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Oh hey one more question how come there are no model numbers on these guns.
S&W did not start using model numbers (and stamping them on the frame) until 1957/58. Before that they only went by names (Chiefs Special, Safety Hammerless, Military and Police, etc.).

Jim
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Old January 31, 2010, 09:36 AM   #2497
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thanks for reply jim
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Old January 31, 2010, 03:22 PM   #2498
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Thanks alot.

Thanks Jim for the help with finding the year of manufacture of this revolver. I have been wondering about it for years.
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Old January 31, 2010, 05:11 PM   #2499
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what year was my Smith made

I'm putting my smith up for sale and would like to know what year it was made. #'s are 437127 gun is a 4 inch barrel and a 38 special CTG,it's 90% engraved by Kurt Jager from Mainz Germany.only other numbers on it are, 02093 on the frame and on back of crane.first set of numbers are on behind grips and on the face of the cylinder.Attachment 56607

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Old January 31, 2010, 05:19 PM   #2500
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Great Thread!

Great forum and a great thread. I have a SW Model 10-5 .38 snubby. Serial number is 701xx with B12 stamped underneath. Looking for its birthday. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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