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Old June 18, 2011, 09:18 PM   #4302
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“38 S&W Special U.S. Service CTG’s” on the top of the barrel it has “Smith and Wesson Springfield Mass. USA Pat’d April 9.89 march 27.94 May21.95 July19.96 Dec22.96 Oct 4.98 Oct8.01 Dec 17.01” On the bottom of the handle it is stamped 316xx.
.38 Military & Police 2nd Model (Model of 1902). Serial numbers ran from 20976 in 1902 to 33803 in 1903.

A gunsmith should be able to find/make a new screw for it.
Chiefs Special 546XXX with a stamped 'R' and what looks like an arrow pointing to a 'J'.
I'm not sure I follow, is the J part of the serial number or is it in a different location?
Serial numbers ran from 295000 in 1962 to 786544 in 1969.
If the J is a prefix to the serial number then it would fall around 1977.
If the "R" and "J" are in some other location then they were likely stamped by a previous owner/agency/etc.

32 (short) cal Smith & Wesson Lemon Squeezer,
manufactured Springfield, lMass

serial num on butt: 2041xx
.32 Safety Hammerless 3rd Model. Serial numbers ran from 170000 in 1909 to 242981 in 1937. The book does not narrow the date down any closer.

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