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Old January 13, 2011, 12:57 AM   #25
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Iver Jonson Date

Lets clean up the photo first.

Patent dates moved from top rib of barrel at start of 1899 production

Use a good screw driver (CAREFULLY!) to remove the left side grip panel.

Here is where you will begin. There will be a letter code stamped on the frame. For the small frame .32 s&w 5-shot the dates are; A (1909-1915);G(1915-1926)and J(1927-1940).

A = 1897; E = 1898; F = 1899. The easy way to remember: If it has an 'F' it FLUNKS the Antique Test.

There is some data for the small and large frame revolvers available in the following serial numbering system:

Small frame= 1911(A30201-A66700); 1919(G31001-G39500); 1920(G39501-G46300).

I'm emailing you some other info.

Last edited by Slowhand; January 13, 2011 at 01:09 AM. Reason: added info
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