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Old January 15, 2010, 11:17 PM   #2426
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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.
To start, does anything on it identify it as a S&W revolver? If yes, is it a 5 shot or 6 shot? What exactly is the caliber marking on the barrel? And did you take the serial number from the underside of the frames grip butt and include any letter prefixes.

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Old January 16, 2010, 12:12 PM   #2427
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old 38 ID

I am sorry. it Does have smith and Wesson Stamped on it. The barrel on one side has 38 s&w special stamped and the other just has smith and Wesson. It is a 5 shot, it has two different number sets. On the bottom of the butt and the backside of the wood grips it is stamped 1235XX. However on the frame and cylinder carrier it is stamped 578XX. There is a "floating" L above the 578XX set. It may have been a police or military issue but I'm not sure. I hope this info helps a little. Thank you again.
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Old January 16, 2010, 06:07 PM   #2428
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I have an old S&W DA45, US Army model 1917. Serial #97XXX. Small walnut grips, swivel sling hook on butt. Can anyone tell me the yr of manuf.?
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Old January 16, 2010, 06:47 PM   #2429
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it Does have smith and Wesson Stamped on it. The barrel on one side has 38 s&w special stamped and the other just has smith and Wesson. It is a 5 shot, it has two different number sets. On the bottom of the butt and the backside of the wood grips it is stamped 1235XX.
Chiefs Special (pre model 36) made in 1957.

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I have an old S&W DA45, US Army model 1917. Serial #97XXX. Small walnut grips, swivel sling hook on butt. Can anyone tell me the yr of manuf.?
Between Sept. 1917 to Jan. 1919.

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Old January 17, 2010, 05:33 PM   #2430
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I just got back from the local gun show, I bought a M66 w/ stainless sites ($425) to accompany my M66-1 in my safe. Can someone help me with the date of birth on both of my M66's?

M66: 4K578XX

M66-1: 69K66XX
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Old January 17, 2010, 05:36 PM   #2431
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S&W 39

Hello, I have a Smith and Wesson Model 39 with serial number 672xx. Could anyone help me to place a date to this pistol? Thanks.

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Old January 17, 2010, 09:24 PM   #2432
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M66: 4K578XX

M66-1: 69K66XX
4K578XX = 1974
69K66XX = 1980

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I have a Smith and Wesson Model 39 with serial number 672xx.
Mid 1960's is as close as I can get.

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Old January 17, 2010, 09:55 PM   #2433
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s & w model 10

i have a smith wesson special s/n 08444xx i am trying to find out about how old it is and any other info can you help thanks jeff
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Old January 17, 2010, 10:34 PM   #2434
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i have a smith wesson special s/n 08444xx
If that 0 is actually a D then D8444XX would be 1975/76.
If not, then take the serial number from the underside of the frames grip butt and include any letter prefix.

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Old January 18, 2010, 11:49 AM   #2435
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38 s & w

thanks jim my eye sight not what it use to be the s/n on my model 10 is c8444xx thanks for any info you can give me jeff
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Old January 18, 2010, 02:30 PM   #2436
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blamm123: The "C" prefix makes it 1966-67.
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Old January 18, 2010, 03:58 PM   #2437
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Hey everyone...my name is Brian.This is my first time posting here,so I thought I should introduce myself first. I've enjoyed reading the forums on here for the last few days.

I have a S&W 38 Special CTG that I just purchased from someone.I'd love to have some more info on this gun if any of you could help me. It is a Model 10-6 and is Nickel plated.Smooth wood handle.The serial number is C9746xx.
Any info would be much appreciated.
Thanks, Brian

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Old January 18, 2010, 04:05 PM   #2438
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See FlyFish's response. 1966-67 s/n range C810533-C999999
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Old January 18, 2010, 04:09 PM   #2439
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nchellbilly: Your Model 10 is from the same period as blamm123's: 1966 to 1967. His is toward the front of the serial number range used in those years, so 1966 is more likely - yours is toward the end of the range, so more likely 1967. The 10-6 was introduced in 1962 when S&W dropped the screw in front of the trigger guard, resulting in the so called "3-screw" configuration that is still used today. It remained in production until 1977 when the 10-8 replaced it (the 10-4/5 and 10-7 models had the tapered barrel, but were otherwise identical to the 10-6 and 10-8, respectively).

The grips on your gun are the smooth K-frame target grips (you can see that the grips are larger than the frame, covering the butt - the standard service grips left the butt exposed). They're somewhat less common than the service and checkered target grips - I have them on a couple of my K-frames and I like them very much.
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Old January 18, 2010, 04:26 PM   #2440
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The grips on your gun are the smooth K-frame target grips (you can see that the grips are larger than the frame, covering the butt - the standard service grips left the butt exposed). They're somewhat less common than the service and checkered target grips - I have them on a couple of my K-frames and I like them very much.
FWIW the stocks are most likely not original to the gun. S&W almost never put target stocks on fixed-sight revolvers.

The original stocks should have the numerical portion of the serial number (omitting the "C" prefix) under the RH panel.
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Old January 18, 2010, 04:33 PM   #2441
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Thanks for the info ya'll.
Any idea of the value of this gun ?
I only paid $150 for it.
It seems to be in great condition for a gun that old.
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Old January 18, 2010, 07:22 PM   #2442
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I just purchased my first s and w from and old friend and retired police officer. Im wondering if anyone could possibly tell me what year it was produced?
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Old January 18, 2010, 07:23 PM   #2443
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The gun is a model 28-2 calipered in .357 magnum the serial number is s32xx
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Old January 18, 2010, 07:52 PM   #2444
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jabco,
Are there a couple of more digits in the serial number? Maybe S32xxxx? I can only tell you that the 28-2 was introduced in 1961. In 1968, the diamond grips were deleted. In 1969, Serial numbers were changed to the N prefix. So somewhere between 1961 and 1969. If it is S32xxxx, then 1968-1969.
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Old January 18, 2010, 10:17 PM   #2445
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thanks

Just wanted to say thank you for all the help i had been trying to find out the info on my 38 i tried a few diffrent gun sites and got no help sure glad i ran across the firing line again thanks for the help and have a blessed day
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Old January 22, 2010, 09:24 PM   #2446
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My turn please. Birth and guess at $. I have the box, gun has some signs of pitting.
.38 Chief's Special Airweight
Model 37
2" Barrel
Round Butt
Serial #3J1XXX
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Old January 22, 2010, 10:04 PM   #2447
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.38 Chief's Special Airweight
Model 37
2" Barrel
Round Butt
Serial #3J1XXX
1971/72.
In excellent condition with box, ~$400. With pitting, depending on where and how detracting, ???

Jim

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Old January 22, 2010, 10:50 PM   #2448
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S&W .32

Could I please get the age, and approximate value of a S&W 30-1 .32. Its in avg to very good cond. with some bluing wear. Serial # 7799XX.
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Old January 22, 2010, 11:05 PM   #2449
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Could I please get the age, and approximate value of a S&W 30-1 .32. Its in avg to very good cond. with some bluing wear. Serial # 7799XX.
Serial numbers ran from 712954 in 1961 to 826977 in 1970.
Looking at completed auctions, somewhere in the $300 - $375 range.

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Old January 23, 2010, 12:11 AM   #2450
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Old .38

Hey, i figured this is as good a place as any to start the research, my father just gave me after years of waiting the .38 that was given to my great-grandfather by Boston PD as a marksmanship instructor...I believe it was right after WWI, might be as late as the early 20's...
serial # is - 253XXX
square butt
6" bbl
original wood grips, very light pitting, in some very small areas, probably 90% original bluing.

I am mostly interested in the date of production...
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