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Old April 30, 2012, 10:06 PM   #5276
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S&W Model 12.

Recently inherited a S&W Model 12 with the serial number V 740XXX The butt of the revolver is dissimilar to most I've seen as it has what looks like a ring for a strap (maybe military surplus?) screwed into the middle of the butt. The serial number is starts with V on the left of the ring and the rest on the right. The 7 looks slightly different than the rest of the numbers as it is pretty flush against the screw of the ring, whereas the other 5 number are pretty close together. Nothing seems fishy, just odd.

Are there any other markings that may be helpful?

I also have the instructions and parts list for the revolver in excellent condition. The date on the instructions are 1958, so I assume the gun is older than that. How much older I have no clue.
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Old May 1, 2012, 08:53 AM   #5277
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That's not a Model 12, which technically didn't exist until 1957 when S&W started numbering instead of simply naming different models. Nor can it be a pre-Model 12, which was known as the .38 Military and Police Airweight - they didn't exist until 1952 and never carried a "V" serial number. The serial number and lanyard ring pretty definitively identify the gun as a so-called "Victory" model .38 Military and Police, part of the series of guns that led to today's Model 10. These guns were made from 1942 to 1945 in the serial number range of V1 to V769000, with the "V" denoting Victory in WWII.

One marking that you may want to look for would be an "S" stamped somewhere on the butt. That would indicate the gun was one of those sent back to S&W to be fitted with a hammer block designed to prevent accidental discharge - this is the same design used in S&W revolvers to this day. Non "S" guns also have a hammer safety but it's not as positive a design as the newer modification. You may also find "U.S. Property" stamped on the topstrap, along with "GHD," the initials of US Army inspector at the time, Guy H. Drewry.
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Old May 1, 2012, 09:40 AM   #5278
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Thank you!

I will definitely check for those markings. I am excited the gun is of WWII vintage and very happy you pointed out the potential lack of hammer block.

I can't tell you what a great and thorough reply that was. Thank you!

(Also, just to correct a typo from my original post, I had assumed that the instructions dated 1958 meant the gun was NEWER (not older) - the fact it did turn out older is sort of a happy coincidence.)
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Old May 1, 2012, 03:24 PM   #5279
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Police trade in

Hey guys. new to TFL! I recently purchased a police trade in model 10 from buds. Its a 10-10 and i was wondering if anybody would be so kind as to date it for me?? The serial # is bht3xxx. Also ive herd of people being able to identify where (which P.D) there police trade in guns came from. Any idea how anyone? Mines got a sticker on it with vpa01xxx on it and there are numbers that looked post factory ingraved on the crane Thanks guys happy shooting
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Old May 1, 2012, 10:06 PM   #5280
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serial number

S&w revolver. 323xxx. It belonged to my late grandfather trying to get a date and a possible if its registered.

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Old May 2, 2012, 07:42 AM   #5281
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SW1911 serial#

I am looking at picking up a SW1911 and wish to find info through the serial number on the gun. The serial number is UCFxxxx, any information is appreciated. It was manufactured in Houlton ME, it priced at $700 with 6 mags and Galco holster, is this a fair price? What is the rough value of the firearm? It is in nearly new condition and has had roughly 500 rounds through it.

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Old May 2, 2012, 08:01 PM   #5282
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The serial # is bht3xxx
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Can't help you with police department stuff.

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S&w revolver. 323xxx
Need allot more info. S&W reused the same serial numbers many times on different models so I have to figure out what model gun you have first.
What is the caliber. How many rounds does it hold. Is it a modern swing-out cylinder revolver or an earlier tilting barrel type.
The only "registered" guns from S&W were the original 357 magnums from the 1930's.

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Book only covers up to 2004. Yours is recent. S&W customer service can give you the DOB over the phone for free.
Depending on which model of 1911 you have the price can vary allot.
$700 with 6 mags is a fair price for even the base model.

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Old May 3, 2012, 11:09 PM   #5283
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A little help kind ppl

i have a nickle plated smith and wesson 9mm model 39-2 serial number is A531xxx can anyone help with the year?
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Old May 4, 2012, 03:54 PM   #5284
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SN's ran from A475001 in 1978 to A565000 in 1979.

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Old May 8, 2012, 04:57 PM   #5285
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new to me

just came home with a model 14-4, 5 1/2 - 6 " barrel, with a serial # 88K1XXX. can any one help with history on this beauty. I found these marks under the grips left side A3 or 43 A15 44918 A25 Right side B in a circle G in a triangle 04549.
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Old May 8, 2012, 06:47 PM   #5286
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That SN would date the gun to 1980. Barrel length is 6" - on revolvers it's measured to the forcing cone (front of the cylinder if you prefer). All those other numbers presumably meant something at the factory during production, but have no significance now.
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Old May 8, 2012, 08:09 PM   #5287
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thanks flyfish

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Old May 9, 2012, 10:11 PM   #5288
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686 s&w Ser#. AHS0xxx


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Old May 10, 2012, 07:08 AM   #5289
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Old May 10, 2012, 11:21 AM   #5290
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Can I get a date of manufacture on a S&W .32 Long HE (model 1903?) with serial number 309743? Thanks.
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Old May 10, 2012, 12:30 PM   #5291
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Production of the .32 Hand Ejector Model of 1903 - 5th Change ended in 1917 at around sn 263000, so yours must be the successor, the .32 Hand Ejector Third Model, produced from 1917 to 1942 in the sn range 263001 to 536684. There's no specific information given on individual years in SCSW, so you'd have to interpolate using that information to get an approximate year.
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Old May 10, 2012, 01:02 PM   #5292
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Thank you, Fly Fish.
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Old May 10, 2012, 02:47 PM   #5293
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I've got a model 1917 S&W revolver with serial number on butt of 997XX (5 digit serial number). Cylinder lock up is tight as a drum, tighter than any modern revolver and barrel has been cut to a snubby. Can anyone tell me about when it was made? Thanks. Bill.



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Old May 10, 2012, 04:50 PM   #5294
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Most of the Model 1917's within serial number range 1 thru 169959 were made for the US Army and were made from Sept. 1917 to Jan 1919.

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Old May 10, 2012, 04:58 PM   #5295
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Thanks Jim. Good to know it likely is an actual early WW1 era revolver, as opposed to a later produced 1917 commercial model. Now if it could only talk.


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Old May 11, 2012, 11:26 PM   #5296
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S&W 10 8 .38spec

I inherited a .38 special from my grandfather when he passed.It looks to be nickel plated with black plastic grips(all the photos I've come across have been black with wood grips). It has the numbers MOD 10-8 which I do know is the 8 th variation of the model 10.The only other numbers I find on it are 92146 and then upside down c12. Can anyone tell me how old this one may be? The manufacture date?
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Old May 12, 2012, 06:25 AM   #5297
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10-8s were made from 1977 to 1988. Those other numbers aren't the serial number - you'll find that on the butt (bottom of the grip frame) and it might be covered up by oversize grips that you'll need to remove. It should be a 7-digit alphanumeric with a "D" in it and the rest numbers, or starting with three letters, followed by 4 numbers. If you post that, we can tell you the year.
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Old May 12, 2012, 09:13 AM   #5298
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I bought this new.....but can't remember when. Too many guns over the years. Just trying to find the date on her.

S&W 66-4....Serial CAD7XXX

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Old May 12, 2012, 09:26 AM   #5299
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Looks like 1995/possibly early 1996. There's a bit of a gap in the record for 1995.
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Old May 12, 2012, 09:34 AM   #5300
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Thanks FlyFish!

That is way off from my memory.......but it wouldn't be the first time I was wrong
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