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Old December 6, 2009, 10:11 PM   #2226
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can any one help me get the model number and age of my .32 short SN 243
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Old December 7, 2009, 08:46 PM   #2227
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38 S&W

Hoping someone can help me date a gun that was originally my grandfathers. It is a .38 and hinges open. The numbers 22070 appear at the bottom of the grip and at two other locations that I found. On the top of the barrel is says "Smith and Wesson Springfield Mass USA Pat'd FEBY 20.77. DEC 18.77. MAY 11.80 SEPT 11.83 OCT 2.83 TWO AUG 4. 85" Those are the only writings that are visible. I suppose I could snap some pictures if it would help.

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Old December 7, 2009, 10:36 PM   #2228
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can any one help me get the model number and age of my .32 short SN 243
I assume by .32 short you mean .32 S&W? Is it a break open design? Double action or single action? With hammer or hammerless? Any other info you can provide.

Edit: I noticed in another thread you listed the SN as 243***. How many digits does it have, any letters also?
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Hoping someone can help me date a gun that was originally my grandfathers. It is a .38 and hinges open. The numbers 22070 appear at the bottom of the grip and at two other locations that I found.
Same as above, double action or single action? With hammer or hammerless?
Pictures always help.

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Old December 8, 2009, 10:30 AM   #2229
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Smith & Wesson age

Thanks for the reply Laytonj1.

The gun is hammerless. There is no way to cock the gun without pulling the trigger. Is this double action? I will research how to post a picture. As my name implies....I am a novice. Hopefully this will help.
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Old December 8, 2009, 10:37 AM   #2230
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Smith & Wesson Age

Think I figured it out. Here are a couple of pictures.

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Old December 8, 2009, 11:19 AM   #2231
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I have a similar firearm to novice1970. 38 top break, but with a hammer. Nickle plated, double action. The serial number is 125877 on the bottom of the handle and as far as I can tell it's the only number. Does anyone know what the age is on this gun?
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Old December 8, 2009, 07:14 PM   #2232
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Novice1970:
You have a .38 Safety Hammerless 2nd Model manufactured between 1887 & 1890. This is a black powder gun, shooting modern smokeless ammunition through it will hasten wear.

Unfettered_Might:
I am assuming your gun has some S&W markings on it, if so it is a .38 Double Action 3rd Model manufactured between 1884 & 1895. Serial range started at 119001 so it's a safe bet your gun was made in 1884 or 1885.
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Old December 9, 2009, 12:31 AM   #2233
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There is no way to cock the gun without pulling the trigger. Is this double action?
Yes.

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Old December 9, 2009, 08:44 AM   #2234
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smith & wesson serial number

I have 2 J-frame smiths. One is a model 60 stainless with serial #R219183 and the other is a model 36 3" square butt with serial #J510428 and also have a S&W model 39 9mm with serial #64722. Can anyone narrow down the years that these were manufactured for me ? Thank You
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Old December 9, 2009, 10:29 AM   #2235
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S&W age

Layton1 and Radagast:

Thanks for the information. The history is very interesting. Any ideas on a value? Have either of you used S&W website to get a "Letter of Authenticity"? It seems like the letter would be a nice piece to have considering I do not intend to sell the gun and would rather pass it down to the next generation.
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Old December 9, 2009, 11:13 AM   #2236
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Smith & Wesson Age

I just purchased a beautiful S&W 38 Special CTG, model 10-8, with 4" heavy barrel at a local gun shop. I was told that it was manufactured in 1984, had never been sold or fired. and was still in it's original box. The butt serial no is 4D32067 (yoke ser no is 80252). I have no reason to doubt any of what I was told. Just curious if that 1984 date is an accurate one. Any help is most appreciated.
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Old December 9, 2009, 12:59 PM   #2237
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silverwings:

Mod. 60/R219183: 1978
Mod. 36/J510428: 1976-77 (pretty much right in the middle of the range for those years).
Mod. 39/64722: The info in SCSW is not very specific. SN 1001 was 1954, 115000 was 1970. You can interpolate between those two ends of the range and get an idea, but it will only be approximate.

yarman: 1979 (by 1984 they had switched over to the 3-letter SN prefix). Yours should also have a pinned barrel, which dates it to pre-1982. BTW, the number in the yoke is not an SN. That's called an assembly number and it's used to keep track of fitted parts during manufacture.
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Old December 9, 2009, 02:28 PM   #2238
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S & W No 1 age

What year would a S&W No. 1 .22 cal single action revolver have been made. Thanks of you assist.
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Old December 9, 2009, 03:01 PM   #2239
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What year would a S&W No. 1 .22 cal single action revolver have been made.
1857 - 1881

It would be possible to narrow that down a bit with the serial number or a description and/or photos.
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Old December 9, 2009, 03:08 PM   #2240
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Sorry...

Forgot the ser. no. 923XX. Frame is brass, square butt, spur trigger. Thanks for fast input!
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Old December 9, 2009, 03:27 PM   #2241
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ser. no. 923XX. Frame is brass, square butt, spur trigger
That SN makes it a Model Number One, 2nd Issue. They were manufactured from 1860 (at SN 11672) to 1868 (SN 126361). About 117,000 were made. Value ranges from a few hundred $ to a few thousand $, depending on condition.
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Old December 9, 2009, 03:30 PM   #2242
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Thanks for you help FlyFish! Greatly appreciated.

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Old December 9, 2009, 04:54 PM   #2243
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Just bought a used 1006 with SN TEVxxxx. When was it manufactured?

I also have a 3913, SN VBAxxxx, which I believe was manufactured in 1998.

TIA.
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Old December 9, 2009, 05:18 PM   #2244
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Just bought a used 1006 with SN TEVxxxx. When was it manufactured?

I also have a 3913, SN VBAxxxx, which I believe was manufactured in 1998.
The information on autos in SCSW is very incomplete. The TEV SN prefix corresponds, with some certainty, to a manufacturing date of 1990, but the VBA prefix could be as early as 1994, though 1998 wouldn't be impossible from the information given.
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Old December 9, 2009, 06:28 PM   #2245
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Thanks to FlyFish

Thank you so much for the information. You are correct about the pinned barrel. It is a beautiful gun. Thanks again for your time and expertise.
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Old December 9, 2009, 06:35 PM   #2246
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novice 1970: The standard catalog of S&W gave the following values in 2006:
ANIB $750, Excellent plus $600, excellent $475, Fine $300, Very good $235, Good $195, Fair $135, Poor $75.

I've never used the factory letter service, but have seen copies posted on forums like this. It will be fairly boilerplate, other than giving the date of shipping and where it was shipped to. They become fascinating when the gun is a special order gun with a connection to a historical character.
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Old December 9, 2009, 07:11 PM   #2247
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what do I have?

S&W Mod 17 38 Revolver, 6" barrel, Blue, Double action, Large Diamond at handle screw hole, Target hammer, heavy target barrel. Serial # K 20XXX. Sold as a K22 masterpiece.
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Old December 9, 2009, 07:29 PM   #2248
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Since so many have asked...

Could I get manufacture date on my Nickel Mod. 36 in 38 Spl. ?
AAR79xx

And is +P proofed ?

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Old December 9, 2009, 11:51 PM   #2249
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S&W Mod 17 38 Revolver, 6" barrel, Blue, Double action, Large Diamond at handle screw hole, Target hammer, heavy target barrel. Serial # K 20XXX. Sold as a K22 masterpiece.
A K-22 / model 17 is chambered in 22LR. If it's a 38 special then it's a K-38 / model 14.
The serial number (K20XXX) dates it to 1948. For that time period the same serial number should also be on the underside of the barrel and back of the cylinder.

Side note: A K-22 / K-38 from early 1948 would likely have a tapered, thin barrel. Is there only 5 digits after the "K" in the SN or 6?

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Could I get manufacture date on my Nickel Mod. 36 in 38 Spl. ?
AAR79xx

And is +P proofed ?
1982. And no.

Jim

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Old December 10, 2009, 05:38 AM   #2250
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