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Old January 11, 2010, 05:48 PM   #2401
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My dad has an old Smith & Wesson 38 S&W Special that belonged to his uncle. he would like to know its DOB. The serial number on the butt is C541XXX. Thanks for any help you can give!
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Old January 11, 2010, 07:42 PM   #2402
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My dad has an old Smith & Wesson 38 S&W Special that belonged to his uncle. he would like to know its DOB. The serial number on the butt is C541XXX. Thanks for any help you can give!
It is 1962-1963.
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Old January 11, 2010, 09:45 PM   #2403
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Date of manufacture please. Serial number starts with C219XXX

Pinned barrel. Non-recessed cylinder. No model number that I can see.





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Old January 11, 2010, 10:20 PM   #2404
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Smith & Wesson 5906 9mm Serial #VAV70XX

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Old January 11, 2010, 11:01 PM   #2405
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Date of manufacture please. Serial number starts with C219XXX
Pinned barrel. Non-recessed cylinder. No model number that I can see.
1948-1951. I cant tell by the pics, but the book says it is either a Model 10, 11, 12, 45, or Aircrewman and their pre-model variations.
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Old January 11, 2010, 11:06 PM   #2406
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Smith & Wesson 5906 9mm Serial #VAV70XX
Book indicates 1994 to 1997, closer to 1994 due to your number coming rather close to the beginiing of the number range.
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Old January 12, 2010, 01:34 AM   #2407
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Date of manufacture please. Serial number starts with C219XXX
Pinned barrel. Non-recessed cylinder. No model number that I can see.
1948-1951. I cant tell by the pics, but the book says it is either a Model 10, 11, 12, 45, or Aircrewman and their pre-model variations.
Just to add, it appears the barrel is stamped .38 S&W Spl. (Special). That knocks out the pre model 45 and 11. The frame is steel so that knocks out pre model 12. The SN puts it at the end of production in 1951 so that makes it a .38 Military and Police (postwar) which went on to become the model 10 when S&W started stamping model numbers ~1958.

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Old January 12, 2010, 07:32 AM   #2408
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Info on 2 please;
Mod 10-5, C717XXX

Old hand ejector with a list of patent dates on the top of the barrel, the last one being Dec.17, 01 and 32 Winchester CTG on the side of the barrel. The 5553 is on the inside in the same location as the 10-5 for the other gun SN on the bottom of the grip is 109XX

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Old January 12, 2010, 08:32 AM   #2409
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Old hand ejector - 32 Winchester CTG - SN on the bottom of the grip is 109XX
.32-20 Winchester Hand Ejector Model 1902 - 1st Change.
1903 - 1905
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Old January 13, 2010, 09:54 AM   #2410
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Mod 60 prod date?

Hello - I'm looking for a production date of a mod 60 serial R141xxx smith in cal 38 w/ 2". Also, can anyone give me feedback on the weight difference between this one and a newer 442/637 model? THanks in advance! Great site here!
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Old January 13, 2010, 02:43 PM   #2411
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I'm looking for a production date of a mod 60 serial R141xxx smith in cal 38 w/ 2". Also, can anyone give me feedback on the weight difference between this one and a newer 442/637 model?
1974 to 77 range.
The earlier 60's are ~21 oz. The 442/637's are 15 oz. The difference being a steel vs. aluminum frame.

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Old January 13, 2010, 04:24 PM   #2412
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Thanks!

got it... thanks for the response!
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Old January 14, 2010, 09:28 AM   #2413
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Could some please helpe me with date of manufacture.

686-3. 357 serial# BHL21xx

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Old January 14, 2010, 05:48 PM   #2414
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I am trying to find info on a pistol.It is a Smith & Wesson break open five shot. The top of the barrel has the following imprinted on it: Smith & Wesson Springfield Mass USA PAT D. Jan 24, 65 July 11, 65 Aug 24, 69 Reissue July 25, 71 May 11, 80 Jan 3 80. the serial No. is 111082. I would appreciate any info you can give me about this gun.
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Old January 14, 2010, 05:58 PM   #2415
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686-3. 357 serial# BHL21xx
July to Aug 1991
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Old January 14, 2010, 06:02 PM   #2416
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I am trying to find info on a pistol.It is a Smith & Wesson break open five shot. The top of the barrel has the following imprinted on it: Smith & Wesson Springfield Mass USA PAT D. Jan 24, 65 July 11, 65 Aug 24, 69 Reissue July 25, 71 May 11, 80 Jan 3 80. the serial No. is 111082. I would appreciate any info you can give me about this gun.
What caliber and/or model# is it? The top breaks are a little tougher to ID.
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Old January 14, 2010, 08:23 PM   #2417
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I have a Smith and Wesson model 60 S/N 54834. The barrel only says 38 S.&W. SPL. Can anybody tell me year it was made and whether +P ammo is safe? I think I have it narrowed down to between 1965-1988 but somebody who actually knows would be appreciated. Thanks
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Old January 14, 2010, 09:20 PM   #2418
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I have one please and need some info: 97J*** which is a .38, thanks for the info in advance..
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Old January 14, 2010, 10:04 PM   #2419
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I have a Smith and Wesson model 60 S/N 54834. The barrel only says 38 S.&W. SPL. Can anybody tell me year it was made and whether +P ammo is safe? I think I have it narrowed down to between 1965-1988 but somebody who actually knows would be appreciated.
Take the serial number from the underside of the frames grip butt. It should have either an "R" prefix or a three letter prefix.
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97J*** which is a .38,
1971/72.

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Old January 14, 2010, 10:12 PM   #2420
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Thanks Jim!
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Old January 15, 2010, 09:59 AM   #2421
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Model 317, LGT11**

Thanks in advance,

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Old January 15, 2010, 01:38 PM   #2422
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Model 317, LGT11**
Too new. Book only covers up to 2004. But a call to S&W customer service will get you the DOB for free.

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Old January 15, 2010, 04:29 PM   #2423
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"Too new" is close enough for me .

I really thought it might be older because it doesn't have a lock.

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Old January 15, 2010, 10:12 PM   #2424
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old .38 help

I recently inherited a .38 special snub nose revolver. There are no distinguishing marks that i can see. I have searched the internet high and low and this forum seems to have the best info. The serial for the firearm is 1235xx. if you could help identify the model and DOB for me, i would greatly appreciate it. Thank you.
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Old January 15, 2010, 11:00 PM   #2425
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"Too new" is close enough for me .

I really thought it might be older because it doesn't have a lock.
You know what, after seeing your comment about it not having a lock, I looked up the history on the model 317 and found out that a small number were shipped in March of 1997 with the LGT prefix (which was not listed in the serial number section).
My mistake.

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