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Old November 24, 2022, 01:56 PM   #8401
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910s I've had for a while
BAW 7xxx
Any help with manufacture date?
Hmmm, you might need to ask S&W customer service on this one. The BA serial prefix dates to 1988 but the 910 did not come out until 1995.

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Old November 24, 2022, 05:22 PM   #8402
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Thanks for looking. Guess I'll have to email them. I dou le checked the serial# just to be sure I didn't mistake a B for D etc. Sure enough BAW
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Old December 2, 2022, 07:42 AM   #8403
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Good morning

Two requests if I may :

581 with serial # AJZ3146









And a P&R 66-1 with serial # 103K482







Thanks in advance
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Old December 2, 2022, 08:59 AM   #8404
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Model 66 serial dates to 1981.
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Old December 2, 2022, 10:54 AM   #8405
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First off, really nice 581.
Second the alpha-numeric serials drive me nuts.
Production was between 1980-1988. I can't find AJZ in The Standard Catalog Of Smith and Wesson.
Do you have the box?
Does it have a Dash number on the Model? Like 581-1, etc.
Sorry I couldn't be more help.
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Old December 2, 2022, 12:16 PM   #8406
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Model 66 serial dates to 1981.

Thanks a lot

Do you know if the original grips were still football targets or cutout targets ?

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Old December 2, 2022, 12:18 PM   #8407
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First off, really nice 581.
Second the alpha-numeric serials drive me nuts.
Production was between 1980-1988. I can't find AJZ in The Standard Catalog Of Smith and Wesson.
Do you have the box?
Does it have a Dash number on the Model? Like 581-1, etc.
Sorry I couldn't be more help.

Thanks a lot

The photos are from the Internet, I don’t have the gun with me yet. I think it comes without a box and I don’t know the dash number yet
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Old December 2, 2022, 02:35 PM   #8408
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My guess on the grips, were probably with the speed loader cut, like your top photo.
During that era, I joked that S&W owned part of Pachmayr. The first thing most people did was jerk off the grips and put on a set of Pachmayrs.
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Old December 2, 2022, 02:52 PM   #8409
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Classic they would have been like 105kw said. The 581 I would guess around 1986.
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Old December 2, 2022, 05:43 PM   #8410
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Classic, the box has a date code on the label that is the manufacture date.
Uses the Julian date, first number is the last digit of the year, last three are the day in the year.
For example 2001 is 2022, January 1st. I just learned this fact.
I haven't used this system since I left the Marines in 1983.
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Old December 6, 2022, 03:22 PM   #8411
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S&W Top Break S/N 127xx

My 96yo father, a WWII vet, just discovered or rediscovered he is in possession of a 5 shot, top break, blued revolver with a S/N of 127XX on the butt of the gun that he inherited from his father who served in WWI. The revolver is in good shape, with most of the bluing and mechanically sound with working action.

He's curious as to the S&W model, caliber, shipping date and approximate value. He doesn't have means to provide any digital photos and I'm local to him or I'd provide them.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Old December 6, 2022, 06:48 PM   #8412
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There are 2 calibers of top breaks. .32 and .38, with hammerless and standard hammer models.
Each model has its own serial run, so there are duplicates.
Tell us what caliber, it will be on the barrel, and if it has a grip safety with no hammer, or standard hammer.
Photos would be appreciated.
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Old December 7, 2022, 04:22 AM   #8413
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Classic, the box has a date code on the label that is the manufacture date.
Uses the Julian date, first number is the last digit of the year, last three are the day in the year.
For example 2001 is 2022, January 1st. I just learned this fact.
I haven't used this system since I left the Marines in 1983.

Thanks a lot, I am aware of this, but I’m afraid there is no box. I am picking it up today
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Old December 7, 2022, 04:23 AM   #8414
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What year is this 686-3 silhouette I’m taking off my friend’s hands, please ?

BHL 0794









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Old December 7, 2022, 08:19 AM   #8415
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I didn't find the "BHL" prefix listed in my Standard Catalog of S&W book. Here are some other "BH_" prefixes in the 1991/1992 timeframe, but any specific prefix with S&W could show up in any year.

1991 – BEH, BEK, BEN, BFA, BFB, BFN, BFR, BFT, BFW, BHB, BHE, BHJ, BJJ, BKA, BKD, BKE, BKK, BKN, BKP

1992 – BFV, BHP, BHT, BJB, BJC, BJD, BJH, BJJ, BKB, BKZ, BMA, BNA, BNB, BND, BNE, BNN

Supica, Jim,Nahas, Richard. Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson (Standard Catalog of Smith and Wesson) (Kindle Locations 17052-17054). F+W Media. Kindle Edition.

The book also says the 686-3 was introduced in 1988, then the 686-4 came out later in 1993. I wouldn't know if there was any over-lap in dash numbers and can only hope the book is fairly accurate.
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Old December 7, 2022, 11:38 AM   #8416
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Seeking Confirmation On S&W 32 Top Break Model

After a telephone call with my dad and based on his observations and descriptions I located what I believe is a photo from the web that best matches his description of the gun he inherited from his father. His eyesight isn't to keen but he believes he can read 32. stamped on the barrel. The S/N is 127xx and based on what little research I've done I'm guessing its a S&W 32 caliber, top break, second version. I'm just wanting confirmation and approximate shipping date and value. Or any other information that maybe relevant. He's 96 and maybe interested in selling it. Any suggestions on the process and venues to sell would be appreciated.


S&W Top Break .32 2nd model.pdf
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Old December 7, 2022, 12:25 PM   #8417
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Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson says it was manufactured between 1880 and 1882.
They don't break it down further.
You could get a factory letter from S&W, but that costs $100.
I'm not going to try to guess value, unless I could see at least a photo.
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Old December 7, 2022, 02:03 PM   #8418
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I didn't find the "BHL" prefix listed in my Standard Catalog of S&W book. Here are some other "BH_" prefixes in the 1991/1992 timeframe, but any specific prefix with S&W could show up in any year.

1991 – BEH, BEK, BEN, BFA, BFB, BFN, BFR, BFT, BFW, BHB, BHE, BHJ, BJJ, BKA, BKD, BKE, BKK, BKN, BKP

1992 – BFV, BHP, BHT, BJB, BJC, BJD, BJH, BJJ, BKB, BKZ, BMA, BNA, BNB, BND, BNE, BNN

Supica, Jim,Nahas, Richard. Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson (Standard Catalog of Smith and Wesson) (Kindle Locations 17052-17054). F+W Media. Kindle Edition.

The book also says the 686-3 was introduced in 1988, then the 686-4 came out later in 1993. I wouldn't know if there was any over-lap in dash numbers and can only hope the book is fairly accurate.

Thank you very much
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Old December 13, 2022, 12:35 PM   #8419
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S&W Model 3000 pump shotgun - production date?

Hey guys, I recently picked up a Model 3000 pump shotgun. Does anyone have info on a production date with a serial of fb886xx.

I realize this isn't a revolver, but hoping someone might have some info.

Thanks!
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Old December 14, 2022, 10:27 AM   #8420
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Hi, Jim. I found a lovely third series Lady Smith, s/n 20765. Would love to know the year of brith!
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Old December 29, 2022, 03:16 PM   #8421
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Hi, Jim. I found a lovely third series Lady Smith, s/n 20765. Would love to know the year of brith!
Serial numbers ran from 13951 in 1911 to 26154 in 1921.

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Old January 6, 2023, 09:35 AM   #8422
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Serial numbers ran from 13951 in 1911 to 26154 in 1921.

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Thanks!
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Old January 6, 2023, 01:37 PM   #8423
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Hi Guys, picked up a NOS S&W mod. 29-6 .44 Target Champion in my local gunshop in Austria, can’t find anything in the S&W standard catalog or the serial Nr. search. It must be from the mid 90s and was never shot outside of the factory.
Serial starts with CAS6
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Old January 6, 2023, 02:02 PM   #8424
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You can interpolate with some chance of getting a production period.
CAN was in July 1996, CBA was in September 1996, so I would say CAS falls in second quarter 1996. They probably didn't make enough of that model/period to get into the list.
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Old January 6, 2023, 04:57 PM   #8425
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Jim, assuming they went in alphabetical order, don't you mean 3rd quarter 1996?
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