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Old January 1, 2014, 08:54 PM   #6401
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Can someone look to see how old this S&W is?
model 910
serial number VCR92xx
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Old January 3, 2014, 06:16 PM   #6402
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serial number VCR92xx
S&W serial numbering system for semi autos made from the 1990's and on is very confusing. The SCSW does not give complete listings.
You're best bet is to call S&W's customer service. They will give you the DOB over the phone for free.

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ID for old S&W top break 44
I can't give you anymore info than others have already offered.

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Old January 4, 2014, 12:23 PM   #6403
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Looking at a K-38
5 screw, 6 inch original grips
SN K786
I am guessing early 1950's but possibly earlier due to lanyard ring hole in bottom of grip frame.
Seller wants 595 for her and am about to add her to my collection
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Old January 4, 2014, 06:39 PM   #6404
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My book says that a K-frame with K786 as an exact serial number would be a 1947 revolver. However, if K786 was merely the leading alpha and three numerals and the full serial number is actually K786xx then it would be a 1949 date.

And if the K786 were the leading three and it was actually a SIX digit number, K786xxx, then it would be a 1968 date.
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Old January 4, 2014, 07:23 PM   #6405
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^^^^sevens^^^^

You realize you rock right?
THANK YOU

she does in fact have two more digits only so 1949 it is!
I better jump on it you think? :0)
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Old January 4, 2014, 07:36 PM   #6406
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lanyard ring hole in bottom of grip frame
At $595 hopefully the rest of the gun is in minty condition because a lanyard hole drilled into the frame (not original for that model) will kill it's collector value.
Now, if the grips cover it and/or you just want it for a shooter then go for it.

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Old January 4, 2014, 11:03 PM   #6407
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I will shoot her, it's a crime to me not to shoot em.
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Old January 5, 2014, 03:00 PM   #6408
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^^^^sevens^^^^

You realize you rock right?
Appreciate that, but it's definitely Supica, Nahas, Smith and Wesson that rock, I'm merely trying to decipher stuff I see in the index of a book.

But glad I could help.

My opinion on gun: I love pretty guns, but I buy them to shoot, and shoot a lot. I make absolutely no judgements on what other people wish to do when gun shopping or owning. To me, if it's gorgeous -AND- it's old, I get far more enjoyment by seeing it and enjoying it's owner sharing his love for it. If I'm spending my money, I'm buying one that costs a little less, maybe has some more wear on it... because I'm going to feed it more ammo than 95% of the people who own guns in this country. (not more than 95% of the people on this forum, though. )

At $595, I'd rather it be someone else's pride and joy, I'd shop for a later Model 14 for less money. And also IMO, Model 14's are -phenomenal- purchases because they made so many that they just don't carry a price tag that reflect their value as a quality, wonderful shooting revolver.

If Model 14's weren't made in such large numbers, they would cost more than $595 and they'd be worth every penny. But the reality is that there are a lot of Model 14's out there.

If I were spending your money and not my own, there's no doubt I would buy and own and shoot that gun!
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Old January 5, 2014, 05:15 PM   #6409
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I'm with you, I enjoy stepping back into time with firearms.
The old K series remind me of trips to the range with Pops.
I wouldn't own a car and not drive it, same with my guns

The 595 for this one is a good enough price not to deter me from buying it or worrying about it depreciating in value.
I will get my money's worth a cylinder at a time
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Old January 5, 2014, 09:11 PM   #6410
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I have a Model 28-2 4-inch s/n N598208 and 6-inch s/n S322732. Could you tell me the mfr date? Also, was the 4-inch for a foreign contract? There are some proof marks on it.

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Old January 5, 2014, 09:33 PM   #6411
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N598208 shows as 1980 production.
S322732 shows as 1968-69.

Sorry, I can't help with the proof marks.
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Old January 5, 2014, 09:52 PM   #6412
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Old January 10, 2014, 09:52 PM   #6413
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Need the date of a Pre Model 10, 5 screw, 5", .38, serial 482xxx. Thanks in advance.

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Old January 11, 2014, 05:15 AM   #6414
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The pre-Model 10, referred to in the book as the Hand Ejector, Military and Police Model of 1905, 4th Change is a tough one to date. In the book, we simply look up the serial number in a table. But this book doesn't get specific with the one revolver that Smith & Wesson made... like six million of.

So, aside from getting a factory letter from Roy Jinks, best you can do is find other folks who HAVE gotten a factory letter and try to find a close number to yours to get an idea.

Here's your first nugget of help: Mine is serial number 357xxx and my factory letter dates it to 1921.

Good luck!
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Old January 11, 2014, 09:17 AM   #6415
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Thanks Sevens.

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Old January 12, 2014, 05:09 PM   #6416
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I just traded for a K-22 (Model 17-4).

Serial Number: 271K8xx

Thanks, in advance.

Mmm, okay, never mind. Looks like 1983.

But, of course, correct me if I'm wrong.

Will

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Old January 14, 2014, 06:31 PM   #6417
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I am looking for the manufacture date of a S&W 29-2, 6.5", blued, serial number S191XXX.

Thanks in advance!
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Old January 14, 2014, 07:15 PM   #6418
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serial number S191XXX
That dates it to about 1959, which is to early to be a dash 2.
Dash 2's started about 1962.

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Looks like 1983. But, of course, correct me if I'm wrong
You're right.

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Old January 14, 2014, 08:23 PM   #6419
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Could it be a 29-1 or earlier with that serial #? It is pinned and recessed, 44 Mag.

I thought all 29-2 numbers started with N. The guy claims the serial number starts with S181XXX.

N Series N Frames:
N1 – N60,000………….......1970-72
N60,001 – N 190,000…...1972-74
N190,001 – N430,000…...1975 – 77
N430.001 – N 550,000…..1978
N550,001 – N580,000….. 1979
N580,001 – N790,000…...1980
N790,001 – N932,999...…1980-83

Confused newbie - Thanks again!

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Old January 15, 2014, 05:20 PM   #6420
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Could it be a 29-1 or earlier with that serial #? It is pinned and recessed, 44 Mag.

I thought all 29-2 numbers started with N. The guy claims the serial number starts with S181XXX.
With that serial number it would likely be a 29 no dash.
Otherwise, to be a 29-2 the serial number would have a "N" prefix. Maybe he is mistaking the N for a S. N181XXX would be a -2.

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Old January 20, 2014, 11:39 AM   #6421
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I am looking for the manufacture date..

I recently purchased two S&W revolvers. I would like to know the manufacture date of these..

S&W K38 snub nose ser# S938174; S&W 48-3 .22 WMR ser# 11K8916

Thank you in advance..
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Old January 20, 2014, 02:25 PM   #6422
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S&W K38 snub nose ser# S938174
Short column in the index, took me a second to find it. They call this the "Post-war S prefix 0n fixed sight K-frame"
Pre-Model 10, 11, 45
1945-1948
Sorry, not more specific.

S&W 48-3 .22 WMR ser# 11K8916
Book suggest early 1977 production. Interestingly, the book also says the 48-4 debuted in 1977, so being that yours is a dash-3, you have one of the very last 48-3's they made.
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Old January 20, 2014, 03:35 PM   #6423
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My cellphone wont let me open enough windows to check this myself so wondering if ya all vould give me hand here S&W Model 29 6.5 barrell N346206 just wondered when it was ptoduced Thanks
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Old January 20, 2014, 03:38 PM   #6424
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S&W Model 29 6.5 barrell N346206
1975 to 1977, says the book.
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Old January 20, 2014, 05:21 PM   #6425
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