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Old May 4, 2016, 09:46 PM   #7226
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Thanks Jim! For the 66 there is a 9 preceding the above number
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Old May 5, 2016, 05:19 PM   #7227
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For the 66 there is a 9 preceding the above number
That would make it 1976.

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Old May 6, 2016, 07:45 PM   #7228
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The info is greatly appreciated, thanks Jim!
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Old May 8, 2016, 05:42 PM   #7229
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S&W 10-8, 4" Serial 6D318XX. From my digging I'm coming up with 1980 as year of manufacture. Can anyone confirm?
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Old May 8, 2016, 08:09 PM   #7230
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S&W 10-8, 4" Serial 6D318XX
1980 would be correct. SN's ran from 6D10001 to 7D10000 that year.

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Old May 8, 2016, 08:10 PM   #7231
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Thank you Sir!
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Old May 14, 2016, 04:01 PM   #7232
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Just purchased a mod 36 Chiefs special with serial# 316XX. Any idea what year it was manufactured? Thanks!
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Old May 15, 2016, 05:51 PM   #7233
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Just purchased a mod 36 Chiefs special with serial# 316XX.
Assuming you took that number from the underside of the grip frame (see pic) and there is no "J" prefix then it would date to 1953/54.
The gun was simply known as the Chiefs Special until S&W began stamping model numbers around 1957.

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Old May 31, 2016, 01:46 AM   #7234
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Help with year/+p safe or not

I have a pair of older S&W model 37's
27J518 (no Prefix)
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J145682
I was hopping to fine out the years and if either is safe for +p ammo. Thanks in advance ^^
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Old May 31, 2016, 05:07 PM   #7235
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I have a pair of older S&W model 37's
27J518 (no Prefix) and J145682 I was hopping to fine out the years and if either is safe for +p ammo.
27J518 = 1971
J145682 = 1973/74
You can shoot 38+P in them but because they are aluminum frame it could accelerate wear and tear. Best bet is to limit +P's to defense use/testing and use standard 38's for general plinking.

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Old June 2, 2016, 07:11 PM   #7236
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Date Help

Just acquired a 38 with supposed ties to Al Capone and was wondering if the manufacture
date would support the claim. Serial # 3676xx. Any help appreciated.
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Old June 3, 2016, 02:04 PM   #7237
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Just acquired a 38 with supposed ties to Al Capone and was wondering if the manufacture date would support the claim. Serial # 3676xx.
Assuming this is a 38 Military & Police model (6 shot, 38 special, swing out cylinder) then the serial number dates it to early/mid 1920's.

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Old June 3, 2016, 08:15 PM   #7238
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Thanks Jim! Although I will never know for certain, that date makes the story at least possible. At any rate, it's a classic I will definitely enjoy!
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Old June 8, 2016, 02:51 PM   #7239
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Okay, Have a couple of 686's

AZA85XX
AYF86XX

Thanks for the help!
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Old June 8, 2016, 04:36 PM   #7240
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AZA85XX, AYF86XX
Both 1988.

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Old June 8, 2016, 04:55 PM   #7241
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Thanks so much Jim... That did surprise me a bit... one's a -M1, the others a -2! must have switched during the year!
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Old June 9, 2016, 08:16 PM   #7242
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That did surprise me a bit... one's a -M1, the others a -2! must have switched during the year!
S&W stamps the serial numbers when the frames are made but it could be awhile before those frames are assembled into guns. That and they are not assembled or shipped in order so there can be several months or more from the time a frame is serial numbered to when it's assembled and shipped.

What it all means is... those dates are not exact.

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Old June 11, 2016, 04:29 AM   #7243
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S&w 28-2 dob question

Hi there! Just got another one
It is a 28-2 4" revolver serial no N298###

Thanks for looking iT up in the holy s&w bible!
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Old June 11, 2016, 03:17 PM   #7244
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It is a 28-2 4" revolver serial no N298###
The N2xxxxx range ran from 1974 to 1977. As yours is at the end of the range it's likely 1977.

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Old June 23, 2016, 03:55 PM   #7245
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Another age request

Hello all,
I have a 3-1/2", Mod 27-2, # on the butt is S31xxxx. Best I can figure it was made in 59 or 60, does that sound correct.

Thanks
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Old June 24, 2016, 08:19 PM   #7246
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# on the butt is S31xxxx
Serial numbers ran from S305000 in 1968 to S329999 in 1969.

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Old June 24, 2016, 11:07 PM   #7247
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Thank you for the info

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Old June 28, 2016, 01:05 AM   #7248
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S&W model 19 serial # AUJ1xxx. Would appreciate a DOB. Thanks.
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Old June 28, 2016, 03:36 PM   #7249
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S&W model 19 serial # AUJ1xxx
1987.

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Old June 30, 2016, 12:14 PM   #7250
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I have a Pre model 10 M&P 38 spl, serial # 539240, thanks in advance!
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