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Old April 10, 2009, 09:51 AM   #1326
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Several older revolvers need their DOB...

The first is a S&W Model 3, with serial number #102xxx in .32. Next is a more recent S&W 27-2 in .357 Mag., serial number #108xxx.

Any and all input greatly appreciated.

You can find pictures below.

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Old April 10, 2009, 07:52 PM   #1327
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Utah: The .32 is a .32 Double Action 4th Model, manufactured in the serial number range 43406 to 282999 between 1883 & 1909. Guns made before serial number 209301 are classified as antiques by the BATF. Your gun was made to shoot blackpowder loads and will have a shortened lifespan if fired with modern smokeless powders.

Per the standard catalog of S&W, value in 2006 would have been around $150 to $200.

The other gun appears to be a modern copy of the Remington Derringer.
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Old April 11, 2009, 10:12 AM   #1328
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Thanks much...

Can someone provide a manufacture date on the S&W 27-2 in .357 Mag., serial number #108xxx?

Any and all input greatly appreciated.

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Old April 11, 2009, 10:38 AM   #1329
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Utah, sorry, I didn't open the second photo. The S&W model 27-2 was introduced in 1961 and continued in production until 1982. The serial number should have an S or an N prefix. If the serial number is N108xxx then it was manufactured in 1973.
If there is no S or N in front of the number you are quoting then it is not the serial number, you will need to remove the grips, the correct serial number is on the bottom of the grip frame. Other numbers stamped on the gun would be assembly numbers to help track fitted parts through the factory.

In excellent condition the Standard Catalog of S&W gave a value of $500 in 2006. Yours appears to be the 3.5 inch barrel, which would command a slight premium. Values may have risen since then, check out the online auction sites such as Gunbroker to get a better feel for value. T
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Old April 11, 2009, 12:47 PM   #1330
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Can someone help a newb out?

Hi all, I'm new The Firing Line, but have always been interested in firearms of all kinds. I recently acquired a S&W Model 39-2, and I've been trying to gather up as much info as I can on it-can someone tell me an approximate mfr date for this serial number?

Serial number A120xxx

Any assistance is greatly appreciated!
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Old April 11, 2009, 08:54 PM   #1331
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txstang84: Your 39-2 was manufactured in 1971 in the serial number range A115001 to A156801. The 39-2 was introduced in 1971 and has an alloy frame and a steel slide. Model 39s made prior to this had a steel frame. The model 39 was produced from 1954-1982. It was effectively replaced by the model 539 & 639 'second generation' S&W automatics.
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Old April 12, 2009, 08:22 AM   #1332
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Thanks!

Thank you very much Sir! I'm sure I'll enjoy it as soon as I return from this deployment.
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Old April 12, 2009, 04:34 PM   #1333
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How about a Model 43 with a serial number of M386XX.

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BTW...anyone know what a near mint condition matching box would be worth? No papers...just the box.
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Old April 12, 2009, 07:56 PM   #1334
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jlwman: Following info taken from the Standard Catalog of S&W. Prices are from 2006. Offering it at at www.smith-wessonforum.com may get you a higher offer from a collector who needs one to fill a hole in his accumulation.

The model 43 was also known as the 1955 .22/32 Kit Gun Airweight. J frame alloy target frame. Aluminum cylinder. square butt, round butt very rare. 3.5 inch barrel, 2 inch barrel is rare. Blue or Nickel finish, Nickel finish is very scarce. Walnut diamond Magna grips. Flat thumb latch prior to 1966, Small S&W trademark on the frame, not marked Airweight. Produced 1954-1974. Your gun falls in the serial number range for 1971-1973, being M30001 to M60000. In ANIB condition: $425. Excellent condition:$325.00

A 22 magnum chambered gun has been reported but not verified.
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Old April 12, 2009, 08:14 PM   #1335
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Anyone got a manufactering date/value on a 98% Model 10-6 serial #D560023? Thanks
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Old April 12, 2009, 11:19 PM   #1336
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hoytinak: 1973-1974. Serial number range fro those years was D510001 - D659901.
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Old April 12, 2009, 11:30 PM   #1337
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Little Help...

I was hoping someone could help me find the manufacture date for a S&W Model 36, serial number 717XXX. I'm carrying it as a backup and wanted to make sure it would stand up to some proper +P defensive loads. Any help would be appreciated.
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Old April 13, 2009, 08:06 AM   #1338
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I was hoping someone could help me find the manufacture date for a S&W Model 36, serial number 717XXX. I'm carrying it as a backup and wanted to make sure it would stand up to some proper +P defensive loads.
1968-1969. Regarding +P, an older all-steel J frame like your Model 36 can handle limited amounts of +P ammo just fine. It may shoot loose if fed a steady diet, but it's a premature wear issue, not a gun-destroying kB! issue.

OTOH older alloy-frame Airweights should only be fed standard-pressure ammo because the frames are known to crack or stretch, and many written sources recommend against ever firing an early alloy-cylinder Airweight.
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Old April 13, 2009, 09:31 AM   #1339
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Can anybody help me out with an old k frame?

Serial is 865XX. Its a blued 3" marked .38 S&W.

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Old April 13, 2009, 09:49 AM   #1340
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Rocked: You have a S&W K200 British Service Revolver, built between 1940 & 1942 for the British government. The barrel would have been 5 inches long originally and the caliber .38 S&W (The British used a 200 grain bullet in the .38 S&W case as their service round).
Your gun may have been bored out at some point to accommodate .38 Special cartridges. If it has only use standard pressure rounds in the gun as the chamber near the rim will be over sized.
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Old April 13, 2009, 02:10 PM   #1341
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need help on age and value

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I have two model 57 41 mags. I am wondering the age of the guns, if any one can help please let me know. this gun is new never fired 100% mod 57 N77501 4 then 82844, the second gun is 98% shot a box through it mod 57-1 Ajj65545 316 x6xx3
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Old April 13, 2009, 02:13 PM   #1342
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pictures for ref

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I have two model 57 41 mags. I am wondering the age of the guns, if any one can help please let me know. mod 57 N77501 4 then 82844, the second gun mod 57-1 Ajj65545 316 x6xx3

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Old April 13, 2009, 02:55 PM   #1343
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Chris, thanks a bunch for the info. I'm convinced that little snubby is a solid, dependable gun, and I didn't want to do anything unhealthy to it.
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Old April 13, 2009, 03:04 PM   #1344
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S&W Age

Model 13-1
4in barrel square grips
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Ser# D938xxx


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Old April 13, 2009, 10:27 PM   #1345
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1976-1977.
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Old April 14, 2009, 09:01 AM   #1346
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protwin: Your model 57 serial number N77501 dates to 1980.

The 57-1 was manufactured between 1982 & 1988. The serial number prefix AJJ should have been used between July 1985 & November 1985. the serial number should only have four digiets though: AJJxxxx.

The serial number is sometimes stamped under the crane with the model number, there are often 'assembly' or parts numbers to confuse things. The Serial number is always stamped on the bottom of the grip frame, you will need to remove the grips to see this. If it is different to AJJxxxxx get back to us and one of us will look it up for you.
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Old April 14, 2009, 10:10 AM   #1347
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The model 43 was also known as the 1955 .22/32 Kit Gun Airweight. J frame alloy target frame... Your gun falls in the serial number range for 1971-1973, being M30001 to M60000. In ANIB condition: $425. Excellent condition:$325.00
IMHO those values are about $150-$175 low in today's market. Postwar .22LR J frames have climbed sharply in value over the last 2 years.
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BTW...anyone know what a near mint condition matching {Model 43} box would be worth? No papers...just the box.
$50-$80, tending towards the higher end because the Model 43 is somewhat scarce.
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Old April 14, 2009, 02:31 PM   #1348
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Model 36 serial number help

I was hoping someone could help me with the date on a model 36 S&W I bought from an old police officer. He said he carried it as a backup and off duty weapon for many years and couldn't tell me exactly how old it is. Hopefully someone here can help me out.

The serial number is 212XXX

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Old April 14, 2009, 05:04 PM   #1349
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S&W 44 russian DA revolver
6" barrel
Serial # 282xx
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Old April 14, 2009, 05:31 PM   #1350
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Greg 170: Between 1957 & 1962, serial number range for this period was 125000 to 295000.
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