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Old August 15, 2009, 12:25 PM   #1726
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Peter Weber: Not sure what happened to a couple of posts - I and someone else had responded to you earlier. Anyway, the book gives a range of 1974 to 1977 for the "N2" range. The last half of the range was mostly M28s and M58s. Considering how low your "N2" number is, 1974 is a good bet, but it's not possible to be positive.

spleify: Yours looks to be early 1992, but they were using the 3-letter prefixes out of sequence around that time, so again it's not possible to be sure.
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Old August 15, 2009, 12:30 PM   #1727
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Flyfish you rock!! Thanks for all the help you have given me!!

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Old August 15, 2009, 12:37 PM   #1728
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I don't know if this matters or not but it does have the firing pin on the hammer, if this tells you anything. Any advantage to this?

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Old August 15, 2009, 12:55 PM   #1729
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Firing pin on the hammer would be correct for 1992, but it doesn't help with the dating. The change to the frame-mounted pin on the 629DX didn't come along until the "-5" in 1997. (Yours should be a "-3", BTW.) The 629DX model was discontinued in 2002, but lives on (sort of) as the 629 Classic series.

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Old August 15, 2009, 01:17 PM   #1730
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Your very welcome Flyfish!!

What do you mean mine should be a "-3"?

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Old August 15, 2009, 01:23 PM   #1731
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FlyFish. Thanks a lot.
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Old August 15, 2009, 01:46 PM   #1732
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Spleify: S&W designates engineering and/or design changes to a particular model by appending a "dash" number to it. Usually (your 629DX is an exception) the original release of a model is simply the model number, and is referred to as the "no dash." When there are changes to that basic model, a dash number is added to indicate the variation, for example 10, 10-1, 10-2, etc.

Your 629DX was introduced as the 629-3 because the basic 629 had been in production since 1979 and there had already been changes designated as the -1 and -2 variations (the major change with the -1 was to eliminate the recessed cylinders and pinned barrel; for the -2 there was a new yoke retention system and some other changes).

If you open the cylinder and look at the area of the frame cutout that's exposed you'll find the model number - yours should say 629-3 (there may be some other numbers in there as well, you can ignore them). If not, then we'll need to rethink the birthdate (the -3 was made from 91 to 93).
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Old August 15, 2009, 02:29 PM   #1733
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FlyFish, you are spot on 629-3! The S# is also rigght there, i didn't need to pull the grips to get it.

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Old August 15, 2009, 04:22 PM   #1734
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Hi guy's...I found a couple more S&W in my father-in-laws collection. The first is a Model 15-2 .38 Special with Serial #K6467XX. The other is a .22LR Revolver with Serial #907XX. Thanks guy's, they're in need of some cleaning, but look to be in VGC.

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Old August 15, 2009, 06:18 PM   #1735
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I'm thinking the .22lr is a Model 18. 4" barrel, 6 shot & blued.
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Old August 15, 2009, 07:01 PM   #1736
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I just acquired a model 60-7, .38 special in a trade yesterday and was wondering what you generous folks would be able to tell me about it. It is serial #BNA25xx. It is stainless, 2" barrel (or thereabouts) and has a square butt. I was wondering when it was made, and whether or not it is rated +p.

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Old August 15, 2009, 08:38 PM   #1737
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Shooter-from-show-me: Your model 15-2 is from 1965.

Is the .22 on a slightly smaller frame than the model 15? Did you take the serial number from the butt? If so it is probably a Model 34 .22/32 Kit Gun. The serial number dates it to between 1960 & 1965.

If the .22 is on the same frame sizer as the model 15 then it may be a model 18 or a model 14 or a model 45. Is their a C S, or K prefix in front of the serial number on the butt. (ignore numbers stamped inside the frame). Is the front sight ramped or square cut? Does it have a fixed or adjustable rear sight?
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Old August 15, 2009, 08:41 PM   #1738
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sttaffy: February or March 1993. The Standard Catalog of S&W notes that the 60-7 had a new heat treatment, so I am assuming it will be safe to shoot with PlusP. If in doubt call S&W and ask.
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Old August 15, 2009, 10:05 PM   #1739
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thanks! wow, that was fast. kudos for helping out so many people!
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Old August 16, 2009, 09:33 AM   #1740
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Model 19-4

I have a S&W model 19-4. My eyes are not as good as they used to be but the serial number looks like 71K8**. Anyone have an idea what year this was manufactured.
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Old August 16, 2009, 11:03 AM   #1741
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mj2007: 71K prefix would be 1980 (there should be 4 digits following the "K", however).
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Old August 16, 2009, 11:14 AM   #1742
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Model 19-4

Thanks Flyfish. Yes there are 4 numbers after the K. My revolver is in excellent shape. I purchased it around a year ago. Its finish looks almost new and it it shoots great.
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Old August 16, 2009, 12:39 PM   #1743
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I have a -2 from 1963, also in as-new condition. They are great guns - one of those "must haves" for any S&W lover.
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Old August 18, 2009, 04:19 PM   #1744
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Can someone give me the date for a 686 serial AUT2xxx? Thanks a lot!
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Old August 18, 2009, 09:45 PM   #1745
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that1guy: 1987, likely mid-1987.
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Old August 19, 2009, 02:40 PM   #1746
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DOB for Model 586?

a) .357 Magnum
b) 6" bbl
c) square grips
d) 6 shot
e) Serial #AJK2XXX
f) Mod. 586
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Old August 19, 2009, 02:59 PM   #1747
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29-2

Hi everyone!

How about the date on a 29-2, N303***?

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Old August 19, 2009, 03:48 PM   #1748
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range_rider13: 1985. 586s are on my short list of S&W favorites. I have a couple of them, one of which was modified to round butt. The job was so well done that I bought it thinking it had come from the factory that way.

xanth: 1975-76 according to the book, but almost certainly 1975 based on how early in the "N3" range it is.
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Old August 19, 2009, 04:52 PM   #1749
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That's great info, thanks for the help!
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Old August 19, 2009, 06:38 PM   #1750
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Thanks FlyFish. I have a 586 made in 1984 which I truly love.
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