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Old August 26, 2009, 03:25 PM   #1776
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Old August 26, 2009, 06:46 PM   #1777
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Thanks FlyFish.

Can you estimate what year this model came out based from pics below by looking at the markings? I don't have the unit and I'm still asking the seller for the SN details.




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Old August 26, 2009, 07:16 PM   #1778
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K38

Just picked up a K38 in very nice condition. Wondering if I could get a date on it and find out how to tell if it's a combat or target masterpiece.

There's no model number on the front of the frame, just a five digit number that matches the one on the crane.
Serial number is K399XX.
6" barrel with a grooved top.
Adjustable sights.
Serrated trigger.

Thanks in advance!
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Old August 26, 2009, 09:28 PM   #1779
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1948.

Normally K prefixes are target frames.

S&W began assigning model numbers in 1957.
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Old August 26, 2009, 09:42 PM   #1780
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stigp6: The lack of an upper sideplate screw (next to the rear sight) immediately identifies the gun as newer than 1955. The lack of an S&W logo on the sideplate means it has to be newer than 1981, and the unpinned barrel (a bit difficult to see in your photos, but I think there's no pin) means it's newer than 1982. The square butt (which this appears to be) and the tapered barrel were dropped in 1995-96, so the gun appears to be between 1982 and 1995/96. That's the best I can do for you from the photos.
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Old August 26, 2009, 10:42 PM   #1781
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tyusclan: 1948? Very cool. I was looking for something that would be good for NRA Distinguished revolver. but I didn't expect to find something that old in such good condition for what I paid. Hope it shoots as good as it looks.

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Old August 27, 2009, 05:26 AM   #1782
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If it's that nice a revolver it would probably be worth the $35 to request a letter from Roy Jinks. His letter will document a lot of information for your gun, including giving you the exact date of shipment and who it was originally shipped to.

You can go to S&W's website for the info and address to request the letter. I don't have it handy right now or I'd post it.
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Old August 27, 2009, 05:48 AM   #1783
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FlyFish,
Just got the serial number of the pics I just posted - AYR583x

Also edited my post above and included pic of other side. Sorry for the duplicate pic.
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Old August 27, 2009, 07:35 AM   #1784
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stigp6: Between July & December 1987.
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Old August 27, 2009, 07:48 AM   #1785
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Old August 27, 2009, 07:53 AM   #1786
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tyusclan: I'll check into that. There was no box or papers, and the grips aren't original, so I don't think I'm looking at something highly collectible, but it'd be cool to know some history about it.

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Old August 27, 2009, 07:58 AM   #1787
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Model 10-8

Just picked up a cherry 10-8, but don't know how to determine YOM. SN is AYS46XX. Can anyone help me out?
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Old August 27, 2009, 08:12 AM   #1788
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Dieselgrin: first half of 1988.
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Old August 27, 2009, 10:59 AM   #1789
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Hey Flyfish.

My K22 is a M17-4 made in 80, (78-Kxxxx) I think??? That's around the time I bought it.
So what revisions made it a -4?
And can this be classified as a combat masterpiece? Adjustable rear sights, fat trigger, and oversized grips.... The hammer is the transfer bar type.

Any info you can tell me is much appreciated.

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Old August 27, 2009, 11:46 AM   #1790
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rnr - S/N starting with 78K would be correct for 1980. There was one change with the -4: the gas ring (thickened area to protect the cylinder/ejector rod mechanism from gasses excaping the cylinder/barrel gap) was moved from the yoke to the cylinder. Model 17s were simply called the K-22 Masterpiece prior to numbering - the K-22 Combat Masterpiece, basically the same gun with a 4" barrel (only) and a ramped front sight, was designated the Model 18.
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Old August 27, 2009, 04:05 PM   #1791
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Thanks for the info, Mr. Fish
I'd always heard them called the combat masterpiece, so that's what I thought. Mine's a 6" and it's had lots of rounds put thru it, tho you wouldn't know it to look at it. She rides in a suede lined Safariland holster and shoots like a dream. Such a nice trigger!!!

Anyway, thanks.
You must like SW's to do this for everyone. I know I appreaciate the info. It does take a while to read thru so many pages tho.
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Old August 27, 2009, 04:36 PM   #1792
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Looking for info on a Mod 36-1 ser#AAM47xx

I bought it second hand about 25 years ago

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Old August 27, 2009, 04:58 PM   #1793
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Shadow53: Appears to be late 1982 - October was AAF prefix and December was ABL. Just curious - does it have a pinned barrel? It's either one of the last ones with, or one of the first ones without.

rnr: I have the book and a bit of spare time, so I'm happy to help out, even though my knowledge pales in comparison to several real S&W experts here. And, yes, I do confess to having a bit of a love affair with S&W revolvers. I have a 17 from 1971, and I agree they are sweet guns - definitely a "must have" for any S&W collection.
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Old August 27, 2009, 05:03 PM   #1794
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FlyFish: Thanks for the info. I am still really a novice, although I have heard the term "pinned barrel" not really sure what it is? What do I look for?
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Old August 27, 2009, 06:55 PM   #1795
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After some Googling for images, I figured out it is NOT pinned. It is a 3" square butt, they seem to be less common than the round butt.
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Old August 27, 2009, 07:56 PM   #1796
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Thanks Flyfish. Where can I find a list of serials?
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Old August 27, 2009, 08:19 PM   #1797
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The info is found in the Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson by Jim Supica and Richard Nahas. It's available at Amazon.com or most any bookstore.
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Old August 27, 2009, 09:35 PM   #1798
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How about ...

Model 25-2, N378xxx
Model 57, N669xxx
Model 17-3, 5K102xx
Bekeart 458xxx

Anyone have any info ... ? Thanks.
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Old August 27, 2009, 10:12 PM   #1799
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Quote:
Model 25-2, N378xxx
Model 57, N669xxx
Model 17-3, 5K102xx
Bekeart 458xxx
Model 25-2, N378xxx = 1975/76
Model 57, N669xxx = 1979/80
Model 17-3, 5K102xx = 1973
Bekeart 458xxx = Serial numbers ran from 160000 in 1911 to 536684 in 1941. SN 525600 was in 1935 so yours is prior to that.

Jim
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Old August 27, 2009, 11:57 PM   #1800
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