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Old September 26, 2009, 07:33 PM   #1926
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Could someone please help me with some info on my S&W model 29-2.
Serial Number is N4031XX

Thanks for your time & help.
All the best from Australia.
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Old September 26, 2009, 10:08 PM   #1927
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44goon: The N4xxxxx series of serial numbers was used on N frames manufactured from 1977 to 1978. Yours is early in the range, so most likely 1977.

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Old September 26, 2009, 10:27 PM   #1928
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Thanks FlyFish for your help.

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Old September 28, 2009, 01:06 AM   #1929
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would like i.d. on very old s&w

Hello! I am not a gun collector, only someone who has been given my grandfathers old gun... Would like to know about it. The serial # 42 *** it is stamped "smith & wesson springfield mass" on the top of the barrel. any help/info would be appreciated... Thanx... Michelle

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Old September 28, 2009, 01:40 AM   #1930
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The serial # 42 *** it is stamped "smith & wesson springfield mass" on the top of the barrel.
From the picture it appears to be Model One, 2nd Issue and the serial number of 42XXX confirms it.
Serial numbers ran from 11672 in 1860 to 126361 in 1868. It was chambered for a 22 Rimfire Short blackpowder cartridge.

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Old September 28, 2009, 08:02 PM   #1931
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I am considering buying a 44 S&W. It says Model 629-4, and the barrel appears to be 6" long. Can anyone tell me what year it was made, and something about the relative quality compared to other years?

Serial # is BRY5xxx
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Old September 28, 2009, 08:31 PM   #1932
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I am considering buying a 44 S&W. It says Model 629-4, and the barrel appears to be 6" long. Can anyone tell me what year it was made, and something about the relative quality compared to other years?

Serial # is BRY5xxx
1994.
Of the 629's, the no dash is best as a collectable. After that the -4 is the is most desireable because it has all the strength enhancements and is the last variation before MIM and internal locks started appearing.

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Old September 28, 2009, 08:35 PM   #1933
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Thanks, Jim!

Sounds like a reasonable buy for a shooter.
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Old September 29, 2009, 05:32 PM   #1934
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Hey Guys,
Probably picking up a Model 10-8 this week for $225
the serial number is
10-8

A22
X291X

Can anyone tell me the year of manufacture and if i'm making a decent deal or not. Thanks!
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Old September 29, 2009, 05:39 PM   #1935
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Probably picking up a Model 10-8 this week for $225
the serial number is
10-8

A22
X291X

Can anyone tell me the year of manufacture and if i'm making a decent deal or not
That's not the serial number. Take if off the underside of the frames grip butt.
And yeah, that's a really good price.

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Old September 29, 2009, 05:45 PM   #1936
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A22X291X

isn't it? hmm i'll have to ask again. Thanks.
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Old September 29, 2009, 05:52 PM   #1937
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isn't it?
No. That's an assembly number. For the time period that the 10-8 was made it will either have a "D" within the numbers or a 3 letter prefix. Take serial number from here:

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Old September 29, 2009, 10:41 PM   #1938
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got it Jim,

9D417XX

Thanks!
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Old September 29, 2009, 10:56 PM   #1939
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9D417XX
1981.

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Old September 30, 2009, 08:54 AM   #1940
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Gentlemen,
Am very grateful that a forum will go to the trouble to date firearms - I know I certainly appreciate it.
I have the following 3 J-frames at this time, and would appreciate it if I knew when S&W built them.
1) blued model 49, serial #J640893
2) nickled model 36, serial # J572715
3) model 60, serial # R116019

All are in nearly new condition; I am very lucky to own these fine firearms. I carry the #49 daily.
Semper fi,

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Old September 30, 2009, 12:37 PM   #1941
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1) blued model 49, serial #J640893 = 1977/78
2) nickled model 36, serial # J572715 = 1976/77
3) model 60, serial # R116019 = 1974/75

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Old September 30, 2009, 02:07 PM   #1942
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Jim,
Thank you very much for the dates on my 49, 36, and 60.
I sincerely appreciate it.
Semper fi,
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Old October 1, 2009, 09:06 PM   #1943
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Help with year and value please

Recently acquired two Smiths. One is a five shot with 14307 on the inside when the cylinder is open and 10843 near the grip. It has about 60% of the original finish left. The other is a six shot with 27118 on the inside and 400992 on the butt. Probably about 70%. Thanks.
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Old October 1, 2009, 09:56 PM   #1944
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One is a five shot with 14307 on the inside when the cylinder is open and 10843 near the grip. It has about 60% of the original finish left. The other is a six shot with 27118 on the inside and 400992 on the butt. Probably about 70%.
Need the serial number off the bottom of the frames grip butt on both of them (see pic in post number 1940). Also, need to know their calibers.

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Old October 2, 2009, 06:30 AM   #1945
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Two Smiths

The five shot is a Regulation Police .38 S&W Ctg. After removing the grips to expose the grip butt, there is no number there, but 10843 is on the front strap. The six shot is a 38 S&W Special Ctg and the 400992 is from the grip butt.
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Old October 2, 2009, 10:31 PM   #1946
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The five shot is a Regulation Police .38 S&W Ctg. After removing the grips to expose the grip butt, there is no number there, but 10843 is on the front strap. The six shot is a 38 S&W Special Ctg and the 400992 is from the grip butt.
You're right. After checking the book the Regulation Police serial numbers are on the forestrap. It list the serial numbers as running from 1 in 1917 to 54474 in 1940 so I'm guessing your sn of 10843 would be in the 1920's.
Same with your 38 Military and Police 4th Change, book list serial numbers as 241704 in 1915 to 1000000 in 1942. SN 500000 was ~1927 so, 400992 would again likely be early 1920's.

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Old October 3, 2009, 06:30 AM   #1947
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Two Smiths

Great, thanks. Any idea of the value?
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Old October 3, 2009, 08:48 AM   #1948
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If someone has a little extra time I would like to know when these guns were manufactured and if possible if any one of them is a collectible.

Model 17-4 s/n 29K25xx
Model 19-4 s/n 56K67xx
Model 37 s/n J8508xx
Model 60 s/n ABU09xx
Model 41 s/n A7586xx
Model 41 s/n A5790xx
Model 41 s/n TAD68xx
Model 52-2 s/n A5790xx

Thank you in advance
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Old October 3, 2009, 10:46 AM   #1949
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Model 17-4 s/n 29K25xx 1978/79, likely the former
Model 19-4 s/n 56K67xx 1978/79, likely the latter
Model 37 s/n J8508xx 1981
Model 60 s/n ABU09xx 1983
Model 41 s/n A7586xx 1982
Model 41 s/n A5790xx 1979-80
Model 41 s/n TAD68xx most likely 1985
Model 52-2 s/n A5790xx 1979-80

I don't think I'd classify any of them as truly "collectible" (unless perhaps if unfired with box, papers, and accessories), but it's a damn nice collection.
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Old October 3, 2009, 03:13 PM   #1950
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can i use 38 bullet in a magnum357 gun is it safe for the gun
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