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Old September 30, 2014, 11:18 AM   #6676
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S&W 32 HE

Just saw a S&W 32 HE on the S&W Forum that appeared to be in excellent condition. I did notice though that the caliber was not clearly stamped on the barrel. Was that normal or was it stamped somewhere else?
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Old September 30, 2014, 04:15 PM   #6677
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I did notice though that the caliber was not clearly stamped on the barrel. Was that normal or was it stamped somewhere else?
According to the Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson, most examples had no barrel markings at all. So, the answer would be yes, it's normal.

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Old October 16, 2014, 12:01 PM   #6678
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Model 28 Serial Number N124XX Does 1970 sound correct?
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Old October 16, 2014, 12:29 PM   #6679
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If it is indeed a FIVE digit SN and you didn't inadvertently forget one X, then I would say 1970 does sound likely. The table says N1 through N60000 were all 1970-1972, so 1970 would seem likely for your revolver.
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Old October 17, 2014, 07:28 PM   #6680
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357 mag

Can someone date my 357 6 inch barrel 15-5 serial number AFD8xxx.
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Old October 19, 2014, 07:40 PM   #6681
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1984.
BTW, a model 15 would be a 38 special.

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Old October 19, 2014, 09:31 PM   #6682
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Jim, thanks for the info.
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Old October 20, 2014, 10:24 AM   #6683
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Model 60 (no dash) 2"
R1607XX

Model 64-2 2"
7D276XX

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Old October 20, 2014, 07:55 PM   #6684
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Model 60 (no dash) 2"
R1607XX

Model 64-2 2"
7D276XX
SN's ran from R100000 in 1974 to R190000 in 1977.

7D276XX = 1981.

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Old October 28, 2014, 07:46 PM   #6685
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Didn't buy it...thanks anyways!

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Old October 30, 2014, 02:51 PM   #6686
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I am trying to get a date of manufacture on a S&W 44 special CTG. The ser. # is
574 and was a service revolver owned and used by a friends grandfather in the portland Maine police department for many years - From 1905 to 1940. Condition by the looks of photos seems well cared for, with some patches of blue compromised and I understand it to be in full working order. Appears to be a very nice family heirloom. Any other info and impressions would be appreciated.
I assume it would be in the broad range of $1000-2000.
I'm new to the forum but will try and post pictures if I can but they are in a funky format.
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Old October 30, 2014, 07:20 PM   #6687
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You can email Smith and Wesson and they will give you the exact date of manufacture for free
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Old October 30, 2014, 07:25 PM   #6688
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Mod 649 .38spcl. ALW1xxx. Thanks
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Old October 30, 2014, 10:00 PM   #6689
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S&W 44 special CTG. The ser. # is 574
44 Hand Ejector 1st Model, also known as the Triple Lock. Serial number dates it to 1908. Value can range from ~$1k in good to $5K+ in excellent.

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Mod 649 .38spcl. ALW1xxx
~1985/86.

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Old October 31, 2014, 08:03 AM   #6690
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Thanks for the info
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Old October 31, 2014, 10:08 AM   #6691
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After finding your forum through a search..I registered to ask a question in this thread, and for future learning. So on to my question....I'm looking at a S&W .38 m&p revolver,and was trying to figure out how old it was. It's numbered 1529xx on the butt, and under the crane is 14437. Any help you guys can give would be greatly appreciated.

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Old October 31, 2014, 01:21 PM   #6692
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First, ensure that you've got the right serial number on these old ones by checking all three places it should appear. On the bottom of the grip frame/butt, on the underside of the barrel just over the ejector rod and also on the breech-end of the cylinder where you can see it when loading rounds in to the chambers.

It is likely going to be that six digit 1529xx you reported. If that's it, it should be a .38 Hand Ejector Military & Police Model of 1905, 3rd Change, and yours seems low in the number range for that series which was made between 1909 and 1915. The book claims that 94,803 of these were built.

The other number is of little use now, was helpful inside S&W when it was made.
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Old October 31, 2014, 02:30 PM   #6693
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Thank you so much for the info...I'll have another look at it.
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Old November 1, 2014, 11:30 AM   #6694
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Smith and Wesson 686 age

I'm looking for the age of my 686-6 with SN CTR6Xxx, can someone help? Thanks!
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Old November 2, 2014, 02:19 PM   #6695
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Model 64 4" no dash
# D597092
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Old November 2, 2014, 02:41 PM   #6696
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I'm looking for the age of my 686-6 with SN CTR6Xxx, can someone help? Thanks!
Most often, we look this SN's up in the appendix of a phenomenal reference book, The Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson by Jim Supica and Richard Nahas. This book is currently on it's 3rd Edition (2007) and if they publish a 4th, I'll pay pre-order hardcover price for the beast, I want a new one soooooo much. However... the one I do have is only the 2nd Edition. As such, it cuts off at it's publish date of 2001.

Tells me that the 686-5 was released in 2001. If yours is a dash-6, it's post-2001 and I can't help more than that. 3rd Edition would help, sorry.
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# D597092
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1973-1974, going by the numbers... 1974 seems more likely.
But I'm finding yet another head-scratcher... the appendix suggests only Models 10, 12, 13, 14 and 45 had the D serial number prefix. Is it possible that it's a 1D or 2D prefix?

Terrific revolver, I've got one also but mine is a dash-5 from 1992. Love it for sure.

Heavy or tapered barrel?
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Old November 2, 2014, 02:46 PM   #6697
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Thanks for the info! I'm positive there's nothing in front of that "D" so you got me...I don't know revolvers very well and thinking about trading for this one. It's a 4" tapered pinned barrel.
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Old November 2, 2014, 02:51 PM   #6698
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I hit you up in the other thread, but I can only say...

I am a revolver guy! And if I didn't already have a bunch of K-frames... but knowing what I know now... I would trade a lot of other different stuff to get a good one.

For me, cylinder timing is more important than almost any other aspect of one of these. Check Jim March's excellent "revolver check-out" guide to learn how to interview the gun before you buy it.

I can't imagine you'd have a stitch of regret after getting one of these as long as the function checks pass.
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Old November 5, 2014, 04:22 PM   #6699
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Smith & Wesson 629-1 .44 Mag

Smith & Wesson 629-1 .44 Mag
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Old November 5, 2014, 05:38 PM   #6700
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AYM9xxx.
1988.

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