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Old August 28, 2013, 09:02 AM   #1
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S&W 28

Can anyone tell me when the mod. 28-2s were made?
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Old August 28, 2013, 09:49 AM   #2
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The 28-2 was introduced in 1961 and replaced by the 28-3 in 1982.

http://handloads.com/misc/Smith.Model.Changes.asp

The only way to determine the date of manufacture for a particular specimen is to cross reference the serial number with the ranges found in The Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson.
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Old August 28, 2013, 02:21 PM   #3
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Thank you sir, it appears I would have to purchase said catalog, being the cheap Charlie I am perhaps someone could tell me when a N256XXX sn was made. Thank you.
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Old August 28, 2013, 03:11 PM   #4
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There is a thread stickied at the top of the Revolver Forum entitled "S&W serial number search" and if you post your SN there, one of the members with a copy of "the book" will likely be along to give you a DOB shortly.

http://thefiringline.com/forums/showthread.php?t=277680

That being said, the book is still worth buying (I've been meaning to pick up a copy myself, just haven't gotten around to it yet) as it contains a wealth of other interesting information beyond dates of manufacture.
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Old August 28, 2013, 03:36 PM   #5
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The book says 1974 on that serial number ( N300XXX started in 1975)
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Old August 29, 2013, 07:48 AM   #6
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Thanks BIGJIMP, I figured somewhere in the eighties. I bought it about five years ago for $300 @ 99.5% condition.
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Old August 29, 2013, 08:11 AM   #7
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Those numbers seem high.

I got mine issued in the later part of '74, its a 5 digit number N969XX, new, the department just got a shipment replacing our Model 15s.
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Old August 29, 2013, 02:20 PM   #8
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Kraigwy, there might have been some time pass between the manufacture and when your dept got its shipment. That would explain the numbers seeming high.

Sometimes, guns can sit on shelves for even years before they get sold. Still new, but can be quite a difference between when you get it "new" and when if left the factory production line.


not saying that's what did happen, but it would explain it...
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Old August 29, 2013, 02:31 PM   #9
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any idea when N969XX would have been made.

Maybe I should get a letter from Jenks on my gun. Which by the way the Dept. let me keep when I retired.

Should be worth the S&W letter.
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Old August 30, 2013, 04:34 PM   #10
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The book says 1974 on that serial number
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any idea when N969XX would have been made.
N1 to N99999 = 1969 - 1972.
N100000 - N199999 = 1973.
N200000 - N299999 = 1974 - 1977.
N300000 - N399999 = 1975 - 1976.
N400000 - N499999 = 1977 - 1978.
N500000 - N599999 = 1978 - 1980.
N600000 - N699999 = 1979 - 1980.
N700000 - N799999 = 1980.
N800000 - N899999 = 1980 - 1983.
N900000 - end = 1982 - 1986.

There was allot of overlap with serial numbers and years because different models used different serial number blocks.

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Old August 30, 2013, 05:31 PM   #11
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I saw the overlap on the numbers in the book ...and ran my finger to the wrong date ...so model in question was probably 1975 or so...woops...

so N969XX would be 1969 - 1972
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