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Old February 7, 2020, 07:43 PM   #8126
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Jim, I just got a nickel model 29-2 four inch, serial number N6239xx . . . date please! Thanks a bunch.
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Old February 7, 2020, 08:47 PM   #8127
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Jim, I just got a nickel model 29-2 four inch, serial number N6239xx . . . date please! Thanks a bunch.
Looks to be 1979.
Something about the 4” nickel “N” frames that make them one of the best looking guns ever made.

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Old February 7, 2020, 11:15 PM   #8128
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I totally agree, thanks again!
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Old February 11, 2020, 12:19 PM   #8129
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Pre model 28 ?

I have what I believe may be a pre model 28.  The serial number is 23XXX with a small number 6 slightly above and in  front of the first number 2 in the serial number. ANY HELP would be greatly appreciated.
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Old February 11, 2020, 12:24 PM   #8130
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Is that the number on the bottom of the gun butt?
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Old February 12, 2020, 01:27 PM   #8131
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Pre model 28

S 1048XX Is stamped on the frame under the grips. Sorry about that.
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Old February 12, 2020, 02:26 PM   #8132
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That is the serial number. S&W did not used to put the true serial number under the yoke, that is an "assembly number" to keep parts together before the gun is finished.
They later went to putting the serial number under the yoke because so many of the guns were getting target grips that covered the butt.

Your Highway Patrolman was probably made in 1954, maybe very early 1955.
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Old February 12, 2020, 06:34 PM   #8133
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Pre model 28

Thank you very much Jim for taking the time to help me out. Would this hand gun be considered a PRE- model 28?
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Old February 13, 2020, 09:22 AM   #8134
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Yes, but you have to realize that is a collectors' made up term.
Nobody went in a store in 1954 and asked for a Pre-28, they didn't know numbers would be assigned in a couple of years, they looked at a Highway Patrolman.
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Old February 13, 2020, 07:33 PM   #8135
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Pre model 28

Ok, I understand what you mean. I thank you again for your help, I really do appreciate it. Gary
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Old February 18, 2020, 12:10 PM   #8136
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Question since i know someone can tell me here
Have a s&w .38 model 38 wanting to know when made serial# AHH6***, that number is the one on the bottom of the grip on the frame

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Old February 19, 2020, 08:39 PM   #8137
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Have a s&w .38 model 38 wanting to know when made serial# AHH6***, that number is the one on the bottom of the grip on the frame
1985/86

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Old February 20, 2020, 04:50 AM   #8138
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1985/86

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That makes no sense Jim, not saying your wrong, but I got it from a great great aunt after she passed away se didnt but any guns but the her husband did he died in the late 60s and along with it was a nuther s&w .38 that my dad got, how would it be a 85/86 model when he got it before he died lol thats confusing I'll have to talk to my dad to see if he knows
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Old February 20, 2020, 05:54 PM   #8139
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Hey Jim with tha age of that .38 can I use +p in it, I'm thinking it should be fine with that model but figured get a second opinion
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Old February 20, 2020, 07:05 PM   #8140
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That makes no sense Jim, not saying your wrong
I can't speak for family memories but S&W started using the three letter prefix (followed by four numbers) in 1980 with AAA0000. Since the number is stamped on the bottom of the grip frame it would be the serial number.

Had the gun been made between 1969 to 1983 it would have a "J" in the serial number and prior to 1969 it would be numbers only.


And yes, since the gun is all steel you can use +P.

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Old February 20, 2020, 08:33 PM   #8141
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Ok thank you Jim, for all the info and it just confused me of how it ended up in my aunt's hand after he died, you where a big help and I'll check the guy my dad got to see what numbers it has
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Old February 22, 2020, 10:35 PM   #8142
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I'm a first time "poster", and hope I'm following the rules. I have a .38 (chief?) special, with a serial number: 54902 on the bottom of the gun butt. I contacted S&W, customer service told me that the only info they have is that the gun was manufactured between 1902 and 1905. Sounds improbable to me. Took it to a gun shop and was told that it was pre 1964. I have pics shared at:

https://share.icloud.com/photos/0KIN...f6iPOOfmUU8Muw

Can someone help me identify what I have here and approx. value? It was given to me close to 30 years ago and have never fired it. Thanks.
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Old February 23, 2020, 03:44 PM   #8143
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I'm a first time "poster", and hope I'm following the rules. I have a .38 (chief?) special, with a serial number: 54902 on the bottom of the gun butt. I contacted S&W, customer service told me that the only info they have is that the gun was manufactured between 1902 and 1905. Sounds improbable to me. Took it to a gun shop and was told that it was pre 1964. I have pics shared at:

https://share.icloud.com/photos/0KIN...f6iPOOfmUU8Muw

Can someone help me identify what I have here and approx. value? It was given to me close to 30 years ago and have never fired it. Thanks.
First, the serial number dates the gun to 1955.
I think the confusion on your gun is because it is a rather scarce model. What you have is .38 Chiefs Special Target. When S&W began using model numbers around 1957 that model became the model 50. As S&W never cataloged the model 50 many were marked as 36 or 36-1. Only about 2000 were made thru the years and very few of them with nickel finish.

There are so few of them in nickel that I could not give you a value but it would be high. Register over on the smith-wessonforum.com , post pictures and the collectors could give you more info.

Jim

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Old February 23, 2020, 09:49 PM   #8144
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Thanks Jim, much appreciated. I think I'll hold off on firing it at the range. I'll post on the forum and see what comes up. Cheers!

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Old March 4, 2020, 08:14 PM   #8145
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Hi. I have a newish 686. Wondering if anyone can help with a year ect. The serial number is CJJ82XX
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Old March 10, 2020, 02:50 PM   #8146
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Can anyone give me info on my revolver?
.357 Mod 19-4 sn: 44K5XXX
Any info would be greatly appreciated.
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Old March 11, 2020, 06:22 PM   #8147
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I would like to get a date of manufacture for a S&W MP 4th change. Serial 549XXX
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Old March 12, 2020, 10:17 PM   #8148
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Hi. I have a newish 686. Wondering if anyone can help with a year ect. The serial number is CJJ82XX
My book only goes to 2004 at prefix CHM. So CJJ is likely about 2006, maybe 2007.

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.357 Mod 19-4 sn: 44K5XXX
Serial numbers ran from 25K0001 in 1978 to 56K9999 in 1979. so yours falls within that period.

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I would like to get a date of manufacture for a S&W MP 4th change. Serial 549XXX
Late 1920's.

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Old March 15, 2020, 01:33 PM   #8149
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Have a few to look up for a friend:
Model 29 N8981xx
Model 66 AET 59xx
Model 19 144k7xx
Model 629 DAK 6 1xx

Thanks!
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Old March 16, 2020, 09:23 PM   #8150
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Have a few to look up for a friend:
Model 29 N8981xx
Model 66 AET 59xx
Model 19 144k7xx
Model 629 DAK 6 1xx

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N8981xx = 1983.
AET59xx = 1984/85
144K7xx = 1982.
DAK61xx = post 2004. My older book only goes to 2004.

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