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Old November 20, 2011, 06:59 PM   #4701
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Can I use .38 Special+P Speer Gold Dot Hollow Point 125 Grain 945 fps in my 1981 SW 15-4?
Yes. That's actually a mild load.

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Old November 20, 2011, 07:07 PM   #4702
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Thanks, what should I avoid? New to revolvers...all my other guns are modern semi's!

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Sorry if I hijacked this thread for a second!
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Old November 20, 2011, 07:15 PM   #4703
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Thanks, what should I avoid?
Pretty much any factory 38 special or 38+P special on the market is safe to use in your model 15.

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Old November 20, 2011, 09:57 PM   #4704
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Howdy! I am having an issue trying to identify my fathers S&W Model 10?
Its a snub .38 with the butt of the gun showing the following: S 9306xx
Its a Square butt frame and it appears to have the victory model front sights. Nowhere on the gun does it show any sign of model, nor does it have and V's for the victory model. The grip is not original to the gun.
Here is a photo

http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/202/photojrrx.jpg/
http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/685/photoqgm.jpg/

Any help would be appreciated, my knowledge on S&W is very weak. Its a lovely gun!

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Old November 21, 2011, 06:06 PM   #4705
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S 9306xx
With the exception of the grips it's an original (and very collectable) 2" post war .38 Military & Police. It has a half moon front sight which is correct for that barrel length and vintage.
Serial numbers ran from S811120 in 1945 to S999999 in 1948.
It went on to become the model 10 when S&W began assigning model numbers in 1957.

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Old November 22, 2011, 04:31 PM   #4706
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Howdy all, I've joined your forum specifically to ask about my father in law's "new" Smith model 37. Lots of pocket wear, but very little use. Serial number 1532xx. Any ideas as to birthyear?
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Old November 22, 2011, 06:50 PM   #4707
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Serial number 1532xx
1957.
SN's ran from 117770 to 125000 that year.

Curious, does it actually have model 37 stamped on the frame? 1957 was right about the time S&W began stamping model numbers on their guns.

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Old November 22, 2011, 08:03 PM   #4708
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Jim,
Thank you, but I'm a little confused. You said '57, and that the serial numbers ran from 117xxx to 125xxx, but my serial number is 153xxx. Wouldn't that make it a '58 or '59? Do I have my facts right? Oh, and yes, it does say mod - 37 in the usual spot.
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Old November 22, 2011, 08:16 PM   #4709
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And, if I'm not making too big of a.pain of myself, could someone tell me the vintage on my 686 ? It appears to be a plain 686, no dash, 6" barrel, serial number AJU 3889. Thanks in advance.
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Old November 22, 2011, 08:29 PM   #4710
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Need a date on my Model 10-8

It is a 10-8 heavey barrel Ser# 18D8XXX
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Old November 22, 2011, 10:59 PM   #4711
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Approximate age of old Smith and Wesson .32 revolver

Looking for help in determining the approximate age (manufacture date) of an old Smith and Wesson .32 revolver I recently inherited. The number stamped into the metal on the bottom of the grip is 178773 (the last digit may be an 8, hard to tell.) Thanks in advance for your help!
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Old November 23, 2011, 06:27 PM   #4712
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You said '57, and that the serial numbers ran from 117xxx to 125xxx, but my serial number is 153xxx. Wouldn't that make it a '58 or '59? Do I have my facts right?
Yeah, I need to cut back on sniffing glue...
Serial nunbers ran from 125000 in 1957 to 295000 in 1962, so yes, your's is around 58/59.

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serial number AJU 3889
1986.

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Ser# 18D8XXX
1983.
SN's ran from 17D8901 to 21D0883 that year.

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old Smith and Wesson .32 revolver I recently inherited. The number stamped into the metal on the bottom of the grip is 178773
When you say old, is it a break-top (barrel pivots down) or a modern swing out cylinder?

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Old November 24, 2011, 02:31 AM   #4713
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thanks.

the gun is only marked as .38 spl not .38 spl +P. so i assume the gun is not rated for the added pressure of the +P ammo? any thoughts?
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Old November 24, 2011, 07:33 AM   #4714
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Need a date on my Model 686

hello folks,

I own a 686 S&W revolver and I would like to know how old is it.

It is MOD 686, no dash, SN AJZ 68xx.

Thanks a lot.
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Old November 24, 2011, 07:53 AM   #4715
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Thank you

Thanks for the info. 1986 is the year I graduated high school. I am a huge New York Jets fan, even though I am from Bama. I met a guy on a Jets forum that was a retired New York City Cop. He said he had this Model 10 and would sell it to me for $75 bucks as a fellow law enforcement officer. By the time I paid his transfer fee and mine and shipping it was about two hundred bucks but well worth it.
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Old November 24, 2011, 05:05 PM   #4716
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SW 22 year

Received a gun from my grandfather... it is a SW 22 long revolver. Serial number K80xx. Does anybody know the year it was made?

Thanks.
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Old November 24, 2011, 07:08 PM   #4717
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the gun is only marked as .38 spl not .38 spl +P.
I'm assuming it's a "K" frame (6 shot) so +P would be fine.

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I paid his transfer fee and mine and shipping it was about two hundred bucks but well worth it
For a model 10, you bet it's worth it!

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Serial number K80xx
K-22 Masterpiece. The SN dates it to 1947.
It is both a very desirable and outstanding 22 revolver.
Enjoy it!

Jim
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Old November 25, 2011, 02:27 PM   #4718
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19-5 DOB

I have a 19-5 which I figured out with the help of this forum, thanks!

Can someone tell me the DOB on this gun?

Also, any idea of value?

It's my father in laws and he want to sell it. I will either buy it or help him sell it. Before I can do so, I need to have an idea of value.

I like the gun so I will likely buy it but I want to give him a fair price.

Thanks!

Serial number is AUZ94xx
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Old November 25, 2011, 02:36 PM   #4719
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Serial number is AUZ94xx
1987.
Value depends on condition and barrel length with a 2.5" worth more and a 6" a little less. Having the original box and papers also adds value.
That said, a 4" with no wear would be about $450 to $500 retail.

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Old November 25, 2011, 02:37 PM   #4720
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Thanks!
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Old November 25, 2011, 04:08 PM   #4721
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I would appreciate the approximate mfg. date of a 686-1, serial # AYR09XX, 4" barrel. It does have the "M" (modified) stamp on the yoke above the serial number.
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Old November 25, 2011, 07:05 PM   #4722
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serial # AYR09XX
1987.

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Old November 25, 2011, 08:00 PM   #4723
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Old November 26, 2011, 04:29 PM   #4724
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S&W M51 w/ 6 inch barrel

Having hard time finding another m51 w/ 6 inch barrell. My SN is 75K6***. I am interested in learning the production year. I just ordered the S&W handbook - hope that helps. Anyone know how old this revolver is?
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Old November 26, 2011, 07:11 PM   #4725
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1980.
SN's ran from 57K0001 to 91K6800 that year.

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