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Old February 16, 2013, 07:56 PM   #6001
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I have a beautiful stainless and mother of pearl S&W, serial #297319. I'm not sure what caliber it is...something smaller than a .38
It's not stainless. It was made a few decades before S&W had stainless. It has been refinished and it's likely nickel.
If it's not a 38 then that leaves 32. Assuming that is what it is then it would be a 32 Hand Ejector 3rd Model. Serial numbers ran from 263001 in 1917 to 536684 in 1942. Heat treating started at serial number 321000 in 1920 so yours predates that.

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On the butt of the gun it has "C 420xxx"
38 Military & Police. Serial numbers ran from C402924 in 1957 to C429740 in 1959. +P is safe to use. Value around $400 range.

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Old February 16, 2013, 08:44 PM   #6002
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Jim, Most appreciative of your reply and wealth of information. Shortly after I posted, I realized it was not stainless but probably nickel. Do you have a sense of its value or if it can be fired? Again, thanks ever so much for your time and trouble!

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Old February 17, 2013, 05:34 PM   #6003
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Do you have a sense of its value or if it can be fired?
Without examining it I couldn't tell if it's safe or not.
As far as value, with the refinishing, maybe $300 or so.

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Old February 18, 2013, 11:52 AM   #6004
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Again, many thanks Jim.
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Old February 18, 2013, 01:51 PM   #6005
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Think it's a 442 but not sure

My wife and I bought a little J Frame .38 special new from a shop back in the mid 90s when we lived in CA. The owners manual didn't make the move from CA to ME.

The gun hasn't been fired in over 10 years. I'm trying to figure out what model it is so I can possibly order/download the owner's manual. There is no model number stamped in the frame near the cylinder pivot point. All I have is a serial number that begins with CCU1XXX.

Can anyone help?

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Old February 18, 2013, 02:35 PM   #6006
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a photo

Here's a photo of the gun to help with identification:

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Old February 18, 2013, 05:41 PM   #6007
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CCU1XXX
It's a model 442. Serial number dates it to around 1998.
The model number should be stamped on the frame just forward of the cylinder visible only when the cylinder is open.
You can download an owners manual from this site:
http://stevespages.com/page7b.htm and click on "S&W Revolvers".

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Old February 18, 2013, 08:30 PM   #6008
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Thanks. I thought it was a 442.

It's odd that there's no model number there. The serial number is present at that location but no model number.
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Old February 20, 2013, 08:00 AM   #6009
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SW Model 36 mfg date?

I have a Smith and Wesson Model 36 1 7/8" barrell in excellent condition. Serial Number is AND0301.
Can anybody help me with the date of manufacture?
Comments on value (no box) but in excellent condition.
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Old February 20, 2013, 03:31 PM   #6010
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Serial Number is AND0301
1986/87
Around $400

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Old February 20, 2013, 07:34 PM   #6011
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Thanks Jim.
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Old February 22, 2013, 08:47 PM   #6012
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can you help me with this one

what year is it j886507 its a 2in j frame 38
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Old February 22, 2013, 10:44 PM   #6013
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S&W 44 Magnum help

I am looking at a S&W 44 magnum that is a few states away from me... The owners are not familiar with the gun and know little about it.

The only identifiers they can give me are these two numbers:

S 165555

And

79527

Can anyone help me on some relevant details?

Cheers....

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Old February 23, 2013, 02:10 AM   #6014
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Stainless/Nickel Plating

It is a CTG 38 special model 10-2: Serial no. on butt of the pistol is C561XXX. 9 and a N and 145XX is under the grips. Would like to know a little more history and insured value of the piece. It has some slight corrosin at the trigger guard. What could be used to remove this without damaging the finish?
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Old February 23, 2013, 08:59 AM   #6015
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I'm looking at buying a S&W model 442. The serial # is CCC4XXX. Can this handle +P ammo? It isn't marked on the barrel like newer models. The owner says that it should be able to handle +P but I want to make sure before I buy it. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!
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Old February 23, 2013, 06:08 PM   #6016
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1981.

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S 165555
1956/57.
Early production. Grips are not original although they look like they might be Ropers. Should have come with "coke grips", they run $400 to $500 dollars themselves.
S&W did not start marking them as model 29's until about SN S184000 so that one should be a model NT-430 (Pre 29, not model marked). So, the model 29 labeled paperwork would not be correct for it either. If the box is original it will have the same serial number hand written on the underside of the box in white marker. The red felt is not original either, it should be blue. It would have come with a SAT (sight adjustment tool). That would be a $100 to $150 item also.


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C561XXX
1961/62.
About $300 to $400. Removing the corrosion can cause more damage.

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CCC4XXX
The SN dates it to 1997 so if it's a 442-1 it is +P rated.

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Old February 23, 2013, 08:47 PM   #6017
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Thanks Jim!
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Old February 23, 2013, 10:23 PM   #6018
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Thanks Laytonj1

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Old February 24, 2013, 07:25 PM   #6019
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Smith & Wesson 32 long CTG Serial #394670 year of manufacture?

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Just looking for year of manufacture and ballpark worth. Based on posts, I suspect between 1920 and 1922. Serial number (from handle frame, rear face of cylinder, and bottom of barrel) is 394670. I believe it is nickle plated, and has a pearl handle. It has some tarnish but otherwise is in good shape.
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Old February 25, 2013, 03:20 PM   #6020
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S&W 586

I am a first time poster.
I am considering buying a 6 inch barrel nickel-plated S&W 586 with serial number ADN3831. Can anyone tell me when it was manufactured and if there are any issues I should be concerned about? Thanks.
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Old February 25, 2013, 08:46 PM   #6021
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Smith & Wesson 32 long CTG Serial #394670
.32 Hand Ejector Third Model.
Serial numbers ran from 263001 in 1917 to 536684 in 1942. SN 321000 was in 1920.

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ADN3831
1983.
There was a recall for 586/686/581/681 no dash and -1's many years ago. The primer from a certain brand of 125gr ammo could flow back into the firing pin bushing and tie the gun up. S&W would replace the bushing. It's very unlikely you'd ever have that problem and if you did the recall is still active. Modified guns received a "M" stamp near the model number.

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Old February 25, 2013, 10:06 PM   #6022
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I have a Model 10-5 Tapered Barrel Serial # D602571, someone told me it was from the 70's and not the 60's like I thought but do you know the exact date?
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Old February 26, 2013, 12:48 PM   #6023
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Model 36

Just wanting to see about when this thing was made. Serial# J565XXX Here's a Pic. Thanks in advance.
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Old February 26, 2013, 05:50 PM   #6024
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Model 10-5 Tapered Barrel Serial # D602571
Serial numbers ran from D510001 in 1973 to D659901 in 1974.

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Serial# J565XXX
Serial numbers ran from J370001 in 1976 to J610000 in 1977.

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Old February 27, 2013, 11:53 AM   #6025
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Diamond Designs around the handle screws on a Model 37

I have a Model 37 Chief's Special with a serial number of: J1348XX that I inherited at my father's passing along with the original box. From this forum I see it was made between 1958 and 1962. I note that is does not have Diamond designs around the handle screws. Is that common? Does anyone have a more specific mfg date? Thanks in advance for any help provided.
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