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Old November 18, 2008, 12:14 AM   #626
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Just got my first .357, an S&W 686. s/n starts with AJM22xx. Looking for an approximate age, etc.
1986.

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Old November 18, 2008, 05:53 AM   #627
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1986.

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Thanks, Jim.

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Old November 18, 2008, 09:05 AM   #628
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Serial Number X Fabrication Date

Hello everyone.
I'm from Brazil and I have a .38 caliber S&W revolver that I think be dated between 1910 and 1920 the S/N is 196147. Could anyone give me any idea when it might be dated?

thanks for all the help I might get.

sinceriously.
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Old November 18, 2008, 09:30 AM   #629
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I'm from Brazil and I have a .38 caliber S&W revolver that I think be dated between 1910 and 1920 the S/N is 196147. Could anyone give me any idea when it might be dated?
1) Does the barrel inscription read .38 S&W CTG. or .38 S&W SPECIAL CTG.?

2) How many cartridges does it hold?

3) Do you open the cylinder by swinging it out to the left-hand side, or do you open it by tilting the barrel down and the cylinder up?

4) If you open the cylinder by tilting the cylinder up, does the gun have a visible hammer? If so, does it have to be thumb-cocked for each shot, or does it self-cock when you pull the trigger?

5) Do you have pictures?
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Old November 18, 2008, 11:12 AM   #630
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OLD S&W

1) The Inscription Read .38 S&w Special Ctg

2) It Holds 6 Cartridges

3) The Cylinder Opens Swinging Out To The Left-hand Side

-it Is A Double Action, Blue Finish, 6", Wood Grip.
At The Moment I'm Not Able To Send Pictures.


( I Also Have A Niquel Finish One That Have The Same Descriptions But The S/n Is 223234 )
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Old November 18, 2008, 02:03 PM   #631
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GAUCHO,

You have a .38 Military and Police 3rd change. Serial numbers ran from 146900 in 1909 to 241703 in 1915.

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Old November 19, 2008, 09:07 AM   #632
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Thanks for the info carguychris.
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Old November 19, 2008, 11:56 AM   #633
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Laytonj1,
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Old November 19, 2008, 11:57 AM   #634
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LAYTONJ1, I'm really gratefull for your help.
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Old November 19, 2008, 11:44 PM   #635
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Have my mom-in-laws 12-2 in front of me and would like to know it's year.

Model 12-2

SN C8121xx

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Old November 20, 2008, 12:16 PM   #636
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Model 12-2

SN C8121xx
1966.

Does it have a flat cylinder release latch? It was phased out during this year. M12s with flat latches command a slight premium, and are especially unique because IIRC the M12 is the only civilian K frame variant that normally had one.

{EDIT} Footnote: Many years of conventional wisdom says that you shouldn't ever fire +P ammo in a K frame .38Spl Airweight such as an M12, but a popular ongoing thread on the S&W forum has proven that the gun can withstand over 10,000 rounds of it. I'll let you and your MIL draw your own conclusions.
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Old November 20, 2008, 04:35 PM   #637
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OK!
How about a Model 10

Serial Number C xx


I'm still in awe, I've never seen a two digit serial number before.
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Old November 20, 2008, 05:45 PM   #638
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Nickel S&W model 19

A new older S&W model 19 on its way to AZ. Can anyone date please?

serial # 33K20--

It's a nickel; seller thinks it's a model 19-4.

thanks!
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Old November 21, 2008, 02:13 PM   #639
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Serial Number C xx


I'm still in awe, I've never seen a two digit serial number before.
1948. I'm in awe too. The gun should sell for a slight premium just for that!

FWIW the 1948 model was called .38 Military & Police, not Model 10. Most collectors would refer to it as a "postwar 5-screw pre-Model 10".

p.s. Send me a PM if you ever want to sell it.
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A new older S&W model 19 on its way to AZ. Can anyone date please?

serial # 33K20--
1978-1979.
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Old November 21, 2008, 10:30 PM   #640
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Model 36

Just picked up 36. no dash. J528XXX

Could you help me with a year please?
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Old November 22, 2008, 09:21 PM   #641
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Help me identify is this Model 20?

Hea everyone I am new to owning a S&M just got last weekend. I have not been able to get the S&M bible yet. I think it is a model 20 from like 1946-1947 serial number is s648##

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Old November 22, 2008, 10:00 PM   #642
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Just picked up 36. no dash. J528XXX
1976/77.

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Hea everyone I am new to owning a S&M just got last weekend. I have not been able to get the S&M bible yet. I think it is a model 20 from like 1946-1947 serial number is s648##
You're correct. Although it was called a .38/44 Heavy Duty until S&W assigned model numbers in 1958.

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Old November 22, 2008, 10:08 PM   #643
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Thanks for the info and your time!
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Old November 23, 2008, 12:48 AM   #644
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I was wondering if anyone could tell me the date on a model 60 Serial R205XXX. Thanks.
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Old November 23, 2008, 09:39 AM   #645
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I was wondering if anyone could tell me the date on a model 60 Serial R205XXX. Thanks.
1977-78. And you're welcome.
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Old November 23, 2008, 04:57 PM   #646
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Hi, I just picked up an S&W Military & Police revolver in .38 S&W Special. The serial number on the bottom of the butt is S 857912. Can anyone tell me what year it was made? Thanks!
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Old November 23, 2008, 05:04 PM   #647
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Hi, I just picked up an S&W Military & Police revolver in .38 S&W Special. The serial number on the bottom of the butt is S 857912.
1946-47.
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Old November 23, 2008, 08:19 PM   #648
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Many thanks, carguychris!
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Old November 24, 2008, 09:54 PM   #649
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Hey guys great forum. I was given this S&W .38 by my father who got it from his father. I shot it at the range a few days ago and a worker on the line commented on what great shape it is and worth a bit of money. I'll never sell it, but was pleasantly surprised and started researching it. The SN is 205xxx and says 38 S&W Special CTG and would appreciate all the info you could provide. Thanks!

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Old November 24, 2008, 10:27 PM   #650
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I was given this S&W .38 by my father who got it from his father... The SN is 205xxx and says 38 S&W Special CTG and would appreciate all the info you could provide.
It is a .38 Military & Police Model of 1905, 3rd Change. This model was made from 1909 to 1915, and your gun falls in the middle of the serial number range, so it was probably made around 1912-1913.

Two warnings that have been made before:

1) Keep any ammo labeled +P far, far away from this gun! It is not safe to fire this modern high-pressure ammo in an old gun without a heat-treated cylinder. It would be a tragedy to blow the cylinder of this family heirloom to bits.

2) This gun predates the S&W hammer block safety. It may discharge if it's dropped on the hammer hard enough to shear off the hammer pivot pin. Do not carry this gun with a live round under the hammer.
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