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Old November 16, 2009, 10:54 AM   #2126
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serial number for a model 27- s 98381
1953-54; $275-$800

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pre-model 29- s 171xxx
1956-57; $400-$2000

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38 special- c 240xxx
1953; $185-$300

That should be a "pre"-27, and I've assumed that the .38 Special is a pre-10 with regard to the pricing (the other possibility would be a pre-12 "Airweight" which likely would be worth a bit more. There are so many variables involved in estimating value, particularly with older guns such as these, that I've only provided the SCSW-listed range for "fair" to "excellent" to give you an idea. I think you can safely add about 25% or more to those numbers given the increases in S&W revolver values lately. Also, the pre-29 and perhaps also the pre-27 come from the era of "Coke" stocks, and if they have them that would be a significant factor in setting the value.
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Old November 16, 2009, 02:40 PM   #2127
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the 27 and 29 both have the coke stocks. both are also beautiful guns for their age. no rusting or pitting. no scratches etc. i used to know a great deal more about these, but have forgotten most of it. any other info would be great. thanks for the help!

also, how do i tell what type of 38 it is?
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Old November 16, 2009, 03:13 PM   #2128
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The pre-12 "Airweight" had an alloy frame and originally an alloy cylinder, later changed to steel due cracking problems. You can test the frame with a magnet. Value range for an Airweight would be $235 to $600 (same caveats as with previous pricing).

If the .357 and .44 have their original Cokes numbered to the gun then you're getting up into some serious money, particularly in the condition you describe (and even more so if you have the original boxes), so I'd advise you to get them properly appraised if you're considering selling. You might also want to post over on the S&W Forum, with pics if you've got any - that's where the real S&W experts hang out.
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Old November 16, 2009, 05:14 PM   #2129
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Hard time with a .32 Long S&W

Could someone help identify this revolver? It's a S&W .32 Long. Walnut, checkered, medalion-ed grips. Small S&W logo. Pinned barrel. 6-shot. Blued. Half-circle front fixed sight. Square notched fixed rear. The gun has three screws on the right side, one on the left cylinder release, and one on the top front of the trigger guard. The barrel markings are what's messing with me. Right side, ".32 Long CTG" Left side, "Smith & Wesson"

Numbers on the gun: bottom grip (on the frame, not the grips) 605XXX this number is also visible on the inside of the cylinder swing arm [between the cylinder and the swing arm--when opened--you have to look through the cylinder with a flashlight to see it]. Same number under the barrel---also a small "v" all by itself close to where the barrel meets the frame under the barrel.

With the cylinder open, you can also see some other numbers on the frame: top line "11", second line "907XX" under this you can see a strange mark--an 8 in a circle?

I bought a blue book, but it continues to confound my attempts at verification...

The owner has had it for over 10 years.

*ANY* information would be most helpful, and many thanks in advance for any thoughts on the gun...great shooter btw...

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Old November 16, 2009, 05:24 PM   #2130
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longlane,

It's a post war .32 Hand Ejector (pre model 30). Serial numbers ran from 536685 in 1946 to 712953 in 1960. Yours (605XXX) dates to pre 1956.
There's actually 4 screws on the sideplate, one is hidden by the grips.

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Old November 16, 2009, 05:32 PM   #2131
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Thanks Jim!

It was vexing me due to the barrel markings, the "v," and the circle-8 mark. Any idea what any of these mean? Also, any ref. books you could recommend to learn more would be most appreciated. Many, many thanks!
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Old November 16, 2009, 05:38 PM   #2132
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I can't explain the V or circle 8 (although it might be buried in the book somewhere) but the other numbers are assembly markings.
The reference book for S&W is the Standard Catalog of Smith and Wesson currently on it's third edition.

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Old November 16, 2009, 05:41 PM   #2133
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Many thanks again

I'll have a copy before the week's out.
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Old November 16, 2009, 06:19 PM   #2134
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Looking for date/approx. value of S&W 39-2...serial: A199040. Thanks a million!
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Old November 16, 2009, 09:24 PM   #2135
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Looking for date/approx. value of S&W 39-2...serial: A199040.
1973-74.
SCSW lists $250 in good condition, $325 for excellent. Current value is probably a bit higher.
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Old November 17, 2009, 02:04 AM   #2136
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How about this S&W? I believe that it is a Model 1-1/2 in .32 S&W, but that's just me guessing. Serial #18932. Looks terrible, but the action and trigger are fantastic!



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Old November 17, 2009, 03:08 AM   #2137
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Sgt. Pepper:

Looks like a model 1 1/2 to me.

The Serial numbers ran from 1-97,574, and the dates of production were 1878-1892.

The book doesn't break it down any more than that, but since your gun was made 30% into the serial numbers used, we could guess that its around the early to mid 1880's, but without a letter from S&W, its only a guess.
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Old November 17, 2009, 11:19 AM   #2138
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The pre-12 "Airweight" had an alloy frame and originally an alloy cylinder, later changed to steel due cracking problems. You can test the frame with a magnet. Value range for an Airweight would be $235 to $600 (same caveats as with previous pricing).

If the .357 and .44 have their original Cokes numbered to the gun then you're getting up into some serious money, particularly in the condition you describe (and even more so if you have the original boxes), so I'd advise you to get them properly appraised if you're considering selling. You might also want to post over on the S&W Forum, with pics if you've got any - that's where the real S&W experts hang out.
popped the grips off and damned if the 357 doesnt have the "numbers matching"grips to boot. the 44, i couldnt find anything. does that mean they arent original or im just looking in the wrong place?

-masin
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Old November 17, 2009, 12:26 PM   #2139
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does that mean they arent original or im just looking in the wrong place?
I'd assume the numbers would be in the same place as on the .357 grips, but I honestly don't know for sure - we're pretty much at the limits of my knowledge here. Maybe someone who has first-hand experience will jump in and educate both of us.
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Old November 17, 2009, 10:23 PM   #2140
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Target style grips were not always numbered to the gun because they usually do not require much if any fitting. Magna / service grips are usually numbered to the gun because they had to be individually fitted.
If there are no numbers on your "coke" target grips they could be original or added after the fact. It would take a letter from S&W to know for sure what it orginally shipped with.

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Old November 18, 2009, 03:32 AM   #2141
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S&W M60-9 CCT5xxx. Please, Thanks.
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Old November 18, 2009, 02:19 PM   #2142
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S&W M60-9 CCT5xxx.
~1998.

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Old November 19, 2009, 08:36 AM   #2143
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Model 19-7, S/N BRW10XX??
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Old November 19, 2009, 01:17 PM   #2144
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Model 19-7, S/N BRW10XX??

BRFxxxx was August of 1994, so yours is probably late 1994.
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Old November 20, 2009, 01:09 AM   #2145
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k-38 Masterpiece?

I just inherited what I believe to be a K-38 Target Masterpiece. 6" Barrel, Partridge Front Sight, Non Relieved Target Grips.

The gun is 90% that I can see, very nice, have not taken it down yet. Serial Number is 743xx, with a small "4" over the fourth number and a small "3" under the second number. It was my Grandfather's gun, and in doing some research and reading many of the threads here, I am thinking it is a early 1950s gun, but I could be wrong.

Any takers?
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Old November 20, 2009, 01:47 AM   #2146
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I just inherited what I believe to be a K-38 Target Masterpiece. 6" Barrel, Partridge Front Sight, Non Relieved Target Grips.

The gun is 90% that I can see, very nice, have not taken it down yet. Serial Number is 743xx, with a small "4" over the fourth number and a small "3" under the second number. It was my Grandfather's gun, and in doing some research and reading many of the threads here, I am thinking it is a early 1950s gun, but I could be wrong.
Take the serial number from the underside of the grip butt. You will need to remove the grips to see it. It will have a "K" prefix.
BTW, it's patridge front sight.

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Old November 20, 2009, 06:42 PM   #2147
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S&W 41

Hello,

I just got my first S&W 41.
I already own a 422, 2206, 1 1/2, 586, 686, 29 etc
Can anyone tell me when this 41 was manufactured ?
serial is BMC21XX

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Old November 20, 2009, 07:18 PM   #2148
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mod 422 serial TBC14xx
mod 2206 serial TEZ60xx
mod 29-2 serial 321xxx

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Old November 20, 2009, 09:14 PM   #2149
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I believe these are the dates you are looking for. I have been mistaken before.
BMC21xx-Feb 1993
TBC14xx-1987
TEZ60xx-Apr 1990
321xxx- 1975-76
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Old November 21, 2009, 12:51 AM   #2150
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I have a s&w 38 special ctg that has flowers all over, used to belong to my grandfather, before he die he left me that gun, I enjoy the art this gun has. It has about 6in barrel, like shooting target site and gold points on it. And on the butt of the revolver has a number that starts with K 160793. I can shoot so accurate with this gun like my rifle 22 marlin. Whitch surprises me. I would like to know more about this gun and how much can be worth. Please forgive my english since is really poor..
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