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Old September 13, 2021, 09:53 AM   #8326
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Standard Catalog of Smith and Wesson says it is between 1954 and 1970, which doesn't help you much. Sorry, unless somebody has a better list, your option may be to pay for a factory letter.
Nice old Smith.
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Old September 13, 2021, 11:20 AM   #8327
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reserved a LNIB S&W model 39 (no dash), serial number 107853. Any idea when it was made please ?
1970 was the crossover point for 115xxx to A115xxx, so yours is likely 1969 or 1970.

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Old September 17, 2021, 11:56 AM   #8328
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Hey folks! New to the forum. I have a beautiful S&W model 30-1 2" barrel that belonged to my grandmother. She had it for home defense and fortunately never had to use it. So it's never been shot and brand new still in the box with paperwork. Can someone please tell me the year it was made? The serial # is H98xx

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Old September 17, 2021, 01:34 PM   #8329
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For Post#8328, there don't seem to be any "H" prefixes with only 4 numbers to follow the "H".

BTW, brand-new would or might mean one's grandmother was an FFL and never sold or transferred the firearm from inventory.

H Serial Prefix Models: 30, 31,
1969-1970 H00001-H30001
1971-1972 H30002-H60000
1972-1976 H60001-H99999
1975-1980 H100001-H139900
1981 H139901-H160000
1982 H161001-H161200
1983 H161201-?

Supica, Jim,Nahas, Richard. Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson (Standard Catalog of Smith and Wesson) (Kindle Locations 16927-16934). F+W Media. Kindle Edition.
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Old September 17, 2021, 01:51 PM   #8330
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Hmmm well it definitely is just 4 digits after the H. It's on the bottom of the grip and written on the box.

What I meant by brand new is it basically has been in the box for the past 40 or so years and not scene light of day. Pretty much still brand new in my book.
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Old September 19, 2021, 02:30 PM   #8331
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picked up a nice 28-2,ser.s3265xx.any idea on the birth date?
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Old September 19, 2021, 03:53 PM   #8332
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What I meant by brand new is it basically has been in the box for the past 40 or so years and not scene light of day. Pretty much still brand new in my book.
I believe the accepted description for such firearms is "LNIB" -- Like New In Box. If it has been sold at retail -- even once -- it is not "New."
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Old September 19, 2021, 07:32 PM   #8333
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The old NRA conditions were
New: Not previously sold at retail, in the same condition as factory produced.
Perfect: In new condition in every respect.

An antique could be described as New if it were unused even if you could not say that it had not been sold. Brought home and left unused in Grandpa's bureau drawer, ok, new.
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Old September 20, 2021, 08:21 PM   #8334
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picked up a nice 28-2,ser.s3265xx.any idea on the birth date?
Serial numbers ran from S305000 in 1968 to S329999 in 1969.

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Old September 21, 2021, 04:48 AM   #8335
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thanks Jim
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Old September 29, 2021, 08:02 PM   #8336
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s&w model 36 serial # 557xxx

can anyone tell me the age of this s&w 36 38 special serial 557xxx

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Old October 1, 2021, 09:10 PM   #8337
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can anyone tell me the age of this s&w 36 38 special serial 557xxx
Serial numbers ran from 295000 in 1962 to 787000 in 1969. So, that would put yours somewhere around 1965/66.

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Old October 17, 2021, 06:41 AM   #8338
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I have a 586 I'm looking for info on. Serial # AJJ0XXX. Any info would be much appreciated.
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Old October 17, 2021, 06:02 PM   #8339
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I have a 586 I'm looking for info on. Serial # AJJ0XXX. Any info would be much appreciated.
AJJ would be 1985.

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Old October 20, 2021, 05:06 AM   #8340
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Standard Catalog of Smith and Wesson says it is between 1954 and 1970, which doesn't help you much. Sorry, unless somebody has a better list, your option may be to pay for a factory letter.

Nice old Smith.


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1970 was the crossover point for 115xxx to A115xxx, so yours is likely 1969 or 1970.



Jim


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Old November 2, 2021, 08:00 PM   #8341
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Help please identify model and year, barrel marked .32 S&W Long and it's a snub nose. Numbers under the crane are 37xxx and also a separate 9 and a separate N. Made in Springfield, Mass. Number on the butt is 620490.
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Old November 9, 2021, 09:02 PM   #8342
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Help please identify model and year, barrel marked .32 S&W Long and it's a snub nose. Numbers under the crane are 37xxx and also a separate 9 and a separate N. Made in Springfield, Mass. Number on the butt is 620490.
Thank you!
Two possible models. If it has a round butt it would be a 32 hand ejector (pre model 30). If it has a square butt then it is a 32 regulation police (pre model 31). Model numbers did not start until 1957. Your serial number is ~1955.

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Old November 27, 2021, 10:22 PM   #8343
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Model 31-1 SN:726XXX when made?

Should be the J-frame

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Old November 29, 2021, 09:12 PM   #8344
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Model 31-1 SN:726XXX when made?

Should be the J-frame

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The book does not break it down real well but shows post war production starting at serial number 536685 in 1948 and production ending at 826977 in 1991. It also mentions that the dash 1 (J frame) started in 1961 at serial number 712954 so, you would be pretty close to that date.

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Old November 29, 2021, 10:32 PM   #8345
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Tango yankee!

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