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Old January 24, 2022, 03:36 PM   #8351
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66-2, AJWxxxx

I have a 66-2 serial number AJW4XXX.

I have the Standard Catalog of S&W, 3rd edition but do not see serial number 's prefixed with AJ or a range that would include AJ on page 400 of "All Other Revolver Models".

What am I getting wrong?
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Old January 24, 2022, 04:44 PM   #8352
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V498XXX would be the model number then
No, that is the serial number. Smith and Wessons did not have model numbers in WWII. It is a Military and Police .38 Hand Ejector.
The V prefix is said to have been added because they didn't want to run serial numbers up into the millions. "Victory Model" is a made up modern collector's term.
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Old January 29, 2022, 08:34 PM   #8353
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I have a 66-2 serial number AJW4XXX.

I have the Standard Catalog of S&W, 3rd edition but do not see serial number 's prefixed with AJ or a range that would include AJ on page 400 of "All Other Revolver Models".

What am I getting wrong?
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1984 – AAU, ABV, ABZ, ACZ, ADE, ADM, ADR, ADT, ADW, AEA, AEB, AEC, AEF, AEL, AEM, AEV, AEZ, AFA, AFJ, AFK, AFM

1985 – AAV, ACC, ACJ, ADA, ADP, ADZ, AEF, AEH, AEM, AER, AEW, AFB, AFK, AFL, AFN, AFR, AFS, AHA, AHB, AHC, AHJ, AHP, AHS, AHT, AHV, AJB, AJD, AJJ, AJH, ALA, ALB, ALC, ALU, ALV, ALW

1986 – ACE, ACV, AJC, AJD, AJN, AJS, AJT, AJW, AHC, AHU, AJS, ALW, ANA, ANB, ANF, ANK, ANN, ANP, AUB, AUC, AUH, AUM, AUU, AVC, AVT

1987 – AFL, AHC, AHV, ALC, ANK, ANN, ANR, ANS, AUC, AUK, AUV, AVA, AVB, AVN, AVV, AVY, AWD, AWE, AWF, AWP, AWT, AWU, AWW, AWY, AYE, AYF, AYL, AYW

1988 – AFZ, AWP, AYC, AYE, AYM, AYR, AYU, AYY, AWD, AZA, AZH, AZJ, AZE, AZL, BAF, BAN, BAP, BAR, BAS, BBA, BBF, BBH, BBN, BBT

Supica, Jim,Nahas, Richard. Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson (Standard Catalog of Smith and Wesson) (Kindle Locations 17043-17050). F+W Media. Kindle Edition.
1986.

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Old January 30, 2022, 11:04 AM   #8354
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Can you please check on my year and possibly a price? Smith and Wesson model 29-4 serial number BCA 9xxx. I do have the original box and scope rings that come with it. Just trying to get more info as I inherited it when my grandfather passed.
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Old January 31, 2022, 12:33 PM   #8355
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Can you please check on my year and possibly a price? Smith and Wesson model 29-4 serial number BCA 9xxx. I do have the original box and scope rings that come with it. Just trying to get more info as I inherited it when my grandfather passed.
Serial number dates it to 1989.
Price depends on condition, if original box and documents are with it and location.
As long as it’s not beat up it could range from $750 to over $1K retail.

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Old March 30, 2022, 10:21 PM   #8356
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I'd also appreciate any info anyone has for a gun I just picked up in an auction,it's a DA45 with what appears to be ivory grips,ser number is 1647XX...TIA for your help...
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Old June 13, 2022, 02:49 PM   #8357
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S&W Model 581 Manufacture Date

I would greatly appreciate it if someone with access to the S&W Catalog could look up the manufacture date for my S&W Model 581 S/N AEN8XXX.
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Old June 22, 2022, 09:02 PM   #8358
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I would greatly appreciate it if someone with access to the S&W Catalog could look up the manufacture date for my S&W Model 581 S/N AEN8XXX.
1984/85.

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Old July 5, 2022, 10:11 PM   #8359
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Regarding a PreM-31, a .32 Regulation Police , SN 6731XX, 2" barrel, likely in the mid 50's??
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Old July 10, 2022, 06:59 PM   #8360
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Regarding a PreM-31, a .32 Regulation Police , SN 6731XX, 2" barrel, likely in the mid 50's??
The upper side plate screw was eliminated in 1956 at around serial number 641000 with model number stamping beginning in 1957. So, that would put yours right in that 1956/57 window.

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Old July 10, 2022, 07:18 PM   #8361
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Post 8359

Here's what my "book" says about the serial number range. I interpret the "book" saying the S&W revolver in .32 was made between '62 and '69 and likely the later 1960s:

Approximate manufactured dates:
1950 1
1952 7369-21342
1953 28916
1955 55050-75000
1957 117770-125000
1962 295000
1969 786544

Supica, Jim,Nahas, Richard. Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson (Standard Catalog of Smith and Wesson) (Kindle Locations 16936-16942). F+W Media. Kindle Edition.


Disregard this answer. I referenced info for the wrong S&W revolver(s).
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Old July 10, 2022, 07:46 PM   #8362
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Here's what my "book" says about the serial number range. I interpret the "book" saying the S&W revolver in .32 was made between '62 and '69 and likely the later 1960s:

Approximate manufactured dates:
1950 1
1952 7369-21342
1953 28916
1955 55050-75000
1957 117770-125000
1962 295000
1969 786544

Supica, Jim,Nahas, Richard. Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson (Standard Catalog of Smith and Wesson) (Kindle Locations 16936-16942). F+W Media. Kindle Edition.
I have the same book, 3rd edition, hard copy. Check page 128.
The serial numbers you posted are for the Chiefs Special in 38 spl. He has a 32 regulation police pre model number.

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Old July 10, 2022, 07:52 PM   #8363
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Thanks for pointing out my error. Here's the "book's" info for a pre-Mod. 31 (I think):
1946-1960 postwar 536685-712953

Supica, Jim,Nahas, Richard. Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson (Standard Catalog of Smith and Wesson) (Kindle Locations 16743-16744). F+W Media. Kindle Edition.
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Old July 18, 2022, 12:04 PM   #8364
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smith and wesson .32 CALIBER REVOLVER

I am looking into getting a smith and wesson .32 caliber revolver. The serial number is 180XXX could you guys tell me anything about this gun? Year? Model?
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Old July 18, 2022, 09:06 PM   #8365
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I am looking into getting a smith and wesson .32 caliber revolver. The serial number is 180XXX could you guys tell me anything about this gun? Year? Model?
S&W made several different models in 32 caliber, many sharing the same serial numbers.
Gonna need a lot more info or at least a picture.

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Old July 19, 2022, 11:11 AM   #8366
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Smith & wesson .32

S&W.jpg

S&W1.jpg

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here are the pics i have the full serial number is 180041
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Old July 19, 2022, 12:09 PM   #8367
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It appears to be a 4th Model Top Break .32.

I'm sure those with an S&N book can find the date of mfg. (and correct me on the model if it's not a 4th Model).

Honestly, in that condition, it isn't going to be worth much (< $100) so don't over pay for it if you decide to buy it.
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Old July 19, 2022, 04:16 PM   #8368
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Attachment 115137

Attachment 115138

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here are the pics i have the full serial number is 180041
Pictures make all the difference! It’s a Safety Hammerless 3rd Model. Serial numbers ran from 170000 in 1909 to 242981 in 1937. The book does not break the serial numbers down any further but safe bet yours is pre 1920.

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Old July 19, 2022, 04:23 PM   #8369
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Smith & wesson .32

Thank you so much.

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Old July 19, 2022, 04:57 PM   #8370
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It’s a Safety Hammerless ...
Of course it is! And I'm wondering how the heck I missed not seeing the hammer!
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Old August 1, 2022, 05:14 PM   #8371
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Hi, long time no see! I’m curious about a very pretty Model 51 that bears the also pretty number 88080. Thanks in advance
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Old August 5, 2022, 03:43 PM   #8372
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Hi, long time no see! I’m curious about a very pretty Model 51 that bears the also pretty number 88080. Thanks in advance
Books shows serial numbers running from 52637 in 1960 to 135465 in 1974. To narrow it down a little more: the flat latch thumbpiece ended in 1966, diamond grips ended in 1968 and the “M” prefix serial number started in 1969.

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