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Old April 17, 2012, 05:32 PM   #5251
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1982.

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Old April 18, 2012, 05:13 AM   #5252
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Just got a sweet one... can anyone help??

S & W 642

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Old April 18, 2012, 05:24 PM   #5253
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manufacturing date .38 s&w

Hi. I recently traded my Jon boat for a couple of guns. I'd like to know when my nickel snub-nose s&w .38 special model 10-5. Thanks ahead of time for your response.
SN - C811xxx
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Old April 18, 2012, 05:38 PM   #5254
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Old April 18, 2012, 05:58 PM   #5255
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My commercial model 1917 S&W .45 acp revolver's serial number is...
193xxx

Can anyone tell me what year and perhaps what month it was made?
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Old April 18, 2012, 06:29 PM   #5256
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My commercial model 1917 S&W .45 acp revolver's serial number is...
193xxx
All the SCSW shows is SN 1 thru 169959 were made from Sep 1917 to Jan 1919 for the Army. From there thru 209791 were made up till 1946.
It does mention SN 180445 shipping in 1929 and a shipment in 1938 included SN's up to 207043.

Pricing, based on 2006, shows a range of $700 for Very Good, $1000+ for Excellent and $2000 in As New.
This assumes an all original unrefinished gun.

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Old April 20, 2012, 06:57 PM   #5257
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Hi folks. My buddy and I just came across an old .38 spl snub nose revolver made by S&W. We're trying to find out a little more about it.

When you open up the cylinder, inside you see what looks like "X6179".

Very faintly beneath that it looks like "A10".

The serial number on the butt of the gun is "D762XXX".

Can anybody tell us anything about this? What model is it? When was it made? Maybe about how much it would be worth?

Thanks in advance.
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Old April 20, 2012, 08:34 PM   #5258
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model 34-1

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Old April 20, 2012, 09:00 PM   #5259
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1975.
It's likely a model 10. The "A10" you see possibly being M 10.
Depending on condition, from $250 to $450.

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M224xxx
1983.

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Old April 21, 2012, 05:23 PM   #5260
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serial # search for model and year of handgun

Recently recieved a firearm that was found in a flooded out basement of an individuals father and through the rust I have a serial number but the actual make of the firearm is unreadable. Is it possible to correctly identify a gun by the serial number?

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Old April 21, 2012, 08:35 PM   #5261
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Model 29-2

serial # N744xx

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Old April 22, 2012, 09:35 AM   #5262
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Is it possible to correctly identify a gun by the serial number?
Generally, no, but sometimes the order of letters (if any) and numbers may be sufficiently unique to pin it down. If you post the number (use "x"s for the last couple digits if you like) with information on caliber and, best of all, some photos, someone here may be able to help.

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N744xx
Early (presumably) in the 1969 to 1972 period; the SN range was from N1 to N999999.
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Old April 23, 2012, 01:34 PM   #5263
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Dad's old Model 19-5

this was my dad's that he acquired when I was just a little guy. Now it is my possession after mom hid it away when he passed in '91. It is extremely clean, and from the looks of it fired very little. I only remember dad taking it out a couple of times.







Sorry for the blurry pics. The serial is AEF7xxx, does anybody have a manufacture date and or an approximate value?

That being said the thing is priceless to me, and I will NEVER let it go.

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Old April 23, 2012, 03:49 PM   #5264
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The serial is AEF7xxx, does anybody have a manufacture date and or an approximate value?
The AEF prefix would date the gun to 1984. The gun looks to be in outstanding condition and I would say it would fetch about $600. However, I can't ever recall seeing a Model 19 with a 6" barrel and Patridge front sight, though obviously they made them in addition to the much more common 4" and less common 2-1/2", both of which had ramped sights. SCSW doesn't say anything about the 6" barrel bringing a premium due to rarity, but for the right collector it might, I suppose.

ETA: I've still never seen a 19 with the 6" barrel, but there's another thread that's full of them, so I guess they must not be so rare. A bit unusual, I think, but not rare.
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Old April 24, 2012, 06:32 AM   #5265
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Recently came across a .38, blued, new departure with a 4" barrel. Comes with a red box which I think is original. Serial # 171XXX. Can anyone tell me the year of manufacturer. Looks like 4th or 5th model based on the language on the box? Any help is greatly appreciated
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Old April 24, 2012, 05:22 PM   #5266
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Recently came across a .38, blued, new departure with a 4" barrel. Comes with a red box which I think is original. Serial # 171XXX. Can anyone tell me the year of manufacturer. Looks like 4th or 5th model based on the language on the box? Any help is greatly appreciated
That SN would make it a .38 Safety Hammerless (aka New Departure) 4th Model, produced from 1898 to 1907 with the SN range 116003 to 220000. According to SCSW, the red box is likely original although apparently other colors were used as well during that period.
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Old April 24, 2012, 08:02 PM   #5267
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However, I can't ever recall seeing a Model 19 with a 6" barrel and Patridge front sight, though obviously they made them in addition to the much more common 4" and less common 2-1/2", both of which had ramped sights.
Patridge sights were standard on 6" Model 19s in the 60's, certainly when I was researching them and bought mine in 1969. I have no idea of the relative numbers of 6-inch to other models, but I doubt they would qualify as rare.
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Old April 26, 2012, 05:18 AM   #5268
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I have a S&W 625-5 Long Colt 45, from the first 3 digits can someone tell me when it was made? N735XXX

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Old April 26, 2012, 07:22 AM   #5269
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Old April 26, 2012, 10:05 AM   #5270
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Can anyone check this S&W .44 D.A. for date of manufacture

Hi I am looking at a S&W .44 russian frontier. Can anyone tell me where I can get a list of serial#s to x check for year of manufacture? serial# is 352xx. Thanks.
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Old April 26, 2012, 06:51 PM   #5271
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Would anyone like to take a stab at a Model 66 serial #9K82XXX? I just picked it up and I know that chances are it is somewhere in the late 70s since it is a no dash and it has recessed cylinders, but I do not know the exact year.

Any help would be much appreciated.
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Old April 26, 2012, 07:50 PM   #5272
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1976 - the range that year was 9K10001 to 9K99999.
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Old April 28, 2012, 04:01 PM   #5273
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Can anyone tell me the age of my S&W .38 special? The serial number is 8275 12. Received it as a gift and do not know much about it. Many thanks.
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Old April 29, 2012, 03:22 PM   #5274
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Can anyone tell me the age of my S&W .38 special? The serial number is 8275 12.
That doesn't look like a typical S&W serial number. If it came from the frame cutout area it may be what are called "assembly numbers." The definitive serial number is almost always on the butt (the bottom of the frame area where the grips are). You may need to remove the grips to see it. Also, the SN alone may not provide enough info to definitively identify the gun, so if you could also provide barrel length, number of chambers in the cylinder and similar information that would good. Best of all would be photos of both sides of the gun.
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Bob - There's a lengthy discussion of .44 Russian S&Ws beginning on p. 88 of the Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson (SCSW), 3rd Edition. I don't see any mention of the term "frontier" anywhere, but I didn't read every word. Based on what I did read, the gun is (1) if a genuine S&W (there were copies made), potentially quite valuable and (2) impossible to identify from just the serial number because the same SN series was used for different models. If you could post photos perhaps someone with more knowledge in this area than I could help. Or you could try posting over on the S&W Forum where more of the real experts hang out.
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