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G33
02-15-2008, 08:10
There is quite some give or tolerance in all these numbers.
Let me say that the best way to get exact info is to get a letter from
Smith for about $30 on your gun.

That will give you the ship date, to where, the configuration as it left the factory and some other stuff.

For those of us where rough time is OK:

1. Smith has routinely used left over parts to build transitional models, short run orders and what-not.

2. SNs are issued in order sometimes. They have been known to go back and use fill numbers not used many years ago. Groan!

3. Mod numbers (M19-3 etc.) have often been know to be mis-stamped.
(I was so excited once when I called Mr. Jinks with a rare find and he said...shoot it. Nothing special.):faint:

4. All the books and notes and sheets of info we have out here are cobbled together the best we can determine.

5. Getting the year right on your gun is pretty good. IMHO

Enjoy.
:supergrin::wavey:

xtimberman
02-15-2008, 08:21
Good to know. This could explain why a M-36 I bought NIB in 1976 dates by SN to 1967.

Thanks for posting this info!

xtm

G33
02-15-2008, 08:42
Thanks Eddieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!
:supergrin::wavey:

G33
02-18-2008, 23:36
P.S. Guys, lot more stuff I do not know than I do know.
:whistling::supergrin:

Bulldog
02-19-2008, 01:44
Hitting on your leftover parts comment, S&W has also had a history of mixing and matching parts. I had a Model 57 that was clearly built using a Model 29 frame. The "29-whatever" was over-stamped with a "57-0". :supergrin:

G33
02-19-2008, 08:31
Hitting on your leftover parts comment, S&W has also had a history of mixing and matching parts. I had a Model 57 that was clearly built using a Model 29 frame. The "29-whatever" was over-stamped with a "57-0". :supergrin:

Exactly.
:supergrin::wavey:

CTW
02-20-2008, 21:05
I have just purchased a model 37 with no dash and wanted to know what year it was made so the only way is to send 30 bucks to S&W?

chuck17
04-01-2008, 19:26
The best thing that a Smith&Wesson enthusiast can invest in (besides a gun!)is a copy of the "Standard Catalog of Smith&Wesson," by Supica and Nahas. It is currently in the third edition and is the best compilation of information so far on S&W firearms. It includes several apendices, one of which will provide the best guess as to date of manufacture. It is not very expensive and can be purchased through Amazon ($26.39 with free shipping), or any bookstore. Get it and you'll be glad you did.

-Chuck

G33
04-01-2008, 23:29
I have just purchased a model 37 with no dash and wanted to know what year it was made so the only way is to send 30 bucks to S&W?

Post SN with last three numbers as XXX.
We will look it up for you.
:supergrin:

G33
04-01-2008, 23:30
The best thing that a Smith&Wesson enthusiast can invest in (besides a gun!)is a copy of the "Standard Catalog of Smith&Wesson," by Supica and Nahas. It is currently in the third edition and is the best compilation of information so far on S&W firearms. It includes several apendices, one of which will provide the best guess as to date of manufacture. It is not very expensive and can be purchased through Amazon ($26.39 with free shipping), or any bookstore. Get it and you'll be glad you did.

-Chuck

Agree.
:supergrin:

tous
04-02-2008, 06:51
Go to http://www.armchairgunshow.com/

And get it direct from Jim Supica. No need to share money with Amazon.

G33
04-02-2008, 08:29
There goes my commision!
:rofl:

falcon1
04-19-2008, 14:10
I have just purchased a Smith & Wesson Model 15-4 Snubnose, SN 83K1XXX. Any information you can provide will be appreciated. Thanks!!

G33
04-19-2008, 14:37
I have just purchased a Smith & Wesson Model 15-4 Snubnose, SN 83K1XXX. Any information you can provide will be appreciated. Thanks!!

1980.
M15-4 from 1977-82.
Change gas ring from yoke to cylinder.
2" from 1964-88.
:supergrin:

Dalton Wayne
05-26-2008, 19:09
What year would a model 10 ser number 559y53 about what year shes an older one just curious
DW

chuck17
05-27-2008, 18:55
"What year would a model 10 ser number 559y53 about what year shes an older one just curious
DW"

Hi-

Is that the number from the bottom of the grip? Is it stamped "MOD-10" under the yoke (crane)? After looking at the S/N appendix in the SCSW (Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson), "559y53" doesn't appear to be a serial number for a model 10, victory model, or a pre-model 10. The "y" in the middle is uncharacteristic of a Model 10 S/N. Is the "y" possibly a misread number? Is there a "C," a "D," an "S," or a "V" in front of the S/N?

-Chuck

Dalton Wayne
05-27-2008, 19:10
Let’s try this serial number correction 559753 no other numbers or letters present.
Regards
DW

chuck17
05-28-2008, 18:20
If it is a pre-Model 10, or ".38 Special Hand Ejector M&P," that serial number, 559753, is not finely detailed in the SCSW. It is narrowed down to 1915-1942, serial numbers 241704-700000. You could estimate approximately where it might fall.

You might pose this question on the S&W Forum at
www.smith-wessonforum.com
and get hold of an expert on early models, or someone who has a letter from S&W with a date of shipping of a gun with an S/N close to yours.

You could also send for a letter from Roy Jinks, S&W Historian, for $30.

armybass
09-04-2008, 08:01
I just got a pre-Model 10, or ".38 Special Hand Ejector M&P" . My gun's ser # is 618XXX. Anyone got an idea on a date. I guess using the above post, it would be pre 1942?

hastymeridian
09-26-2008, 03:22
My old S&W 5 shot revolver only has a 5 digit serial # {925xx}. Any ideas? It is quite old, I believe. It has no trigger guard, I think they call it a model 1.

What? Me worry?
10-28-2008, 10:24
I have three Smith & Wesson snubbies...can you guys tell me how old they are? :supergrin:

Model 38, serial #AHH57XX

Model 10-5, serial #D9543XX

Model 640, serial #CAC36XX

Thanks in advance! :wavey:

chuck17
10-28-2008, 17:20
I have three Smith & Wesson snubbies...can you guys tell me how old they are?

Model 38, serial #AHH57XX

Model 10-5, serial #D9543XX

Model 640, serial #CAC36XX

Thanks in advance

Disclaimer- There may be unexplained discrepancies or numbers issued out of sequence with serial numbers.
According to the SCSW 3rd. ed.,
Model 38, serial #AHH57XX - probably 1985
Model 10-5, serial #D9543XX - around 1976-1977
Model 640, serial #CAC36XX - probably 1996

Smiths are great guns.
-Chuck

chuck17
10-28-2008, 17:34
My old S&W 5 shot revolver only has a 5 digit serial # {925xx}. Any ideas? It is quite old, I believe. It has no trigger guard, I think they call it a model 1.


Based on quick look at the SCSW 3rd. ed., the picture looks like a ".38 Single Action, 2nd Model (Model 2, 2nd Issue)" made between 1877-1891. SN's ran from 1-108,255. I am no expert, and would suggest that you ask at the S&W Forum at
http://www.smith-wessonforum.com

That is a cool gun!
-Chuck

What? Me worry?
10-28-2008, 18:26
Disclaimer- There may be unexplained discrepancies or numbers issued out of sequence with serial numbers.
According to the SCSW 3rd. ed.,
Model 38, serial #AHH57XX - probably 1985
Model 10-5, serial #D9543XX - around 1976-1977
Model 640, serial #CAC36XX - probably 1996

Smiths are great guns.
-Chuck

Thanks Chuck! :thumbsup:

CTW
11-01-2008, 14:16
Post SN with last three numbers as XXX.
We will look it up for you.
:supergrin:

Sorry it took so long to reply but I have been a busy man lately. The serial numbers on my model 37 are 307xxx.
Thanks

chuck17
11-01-2008, 19:56
Sorry it took so long to reply but I have been a busy man lately. The serial numbers on my model 37 are 307xxx.
Thanks

According to the SCSW 3rd ed., your Model 37, .38 Chiefs Special Airweight's serial number would place it between 1962 and 1969. That S/N is not very precisely detailed in the book. They began stamping the model number 37 on it in 1957, and it did not go to 37-1 until 1988, even though there were several "engineering and production changes." The changes listed may help to narrow down the date of production for you.
1962: Internal hammer alteration.
1966: Thumbpiece change.
1968: Delete diamond grip.
1969: Begin J serial prefix.

Edited to add- The S/N listed for 1962 is 295000, and for 1969 it is 786544. Your 37 is probably very close to 1962-63.

-Chuck

Dandapani
11-01-2008, 20:13
Wanna check your book's accuracy? My S/W 940 Centennial 9mm 5 shot snub ser # is BFV689x. Left S/W on July 16, 1991. How close is your book?

chuck17
11-02-2008, 08:55
Wanna check your book's accuracy? My S/W 940 Centennial 9mm 5 shot snub ser # is BFV689x. Left S/W on July 16, 1991. How close is your book?
__________________
Dan

I assume that you have a letter from Roy Jinks, S&W Historian that gives you your shipping date.

I will also reiterate that the authors state that there are discrepancies in S/N dates in the SCSW 3rd. ed. due to a variety of factors causing gaps in S/N sequence or S/N prefixes being used out of sequence.

The SCSW reports that your Model 940 9mm Centennial Stainless is a:
"Caliber: 9mm Parabellum. Double-action-only revolver built on the round butt stainless J frame with three screws. 5-shot fluted cylinder with a length of 1.51"; 2" or 3" barrel, 1/8" serrated ramp front sight with square notch rear sight. Fully concealed hammer, .312" smooth combat trigger, satin stainless finish, Uncle Mike's Santoprene combat grips. Supplied with full moon clips. Cataloged 1991 - 1998."

It also reports on the Model 940 Special in .356TSW caliber.

Engineering and Production Changes include:
"940 (1991): Introduction.
1993: 3" discontinued.
940-1 (1993) New firing pin
[more changes]"

Since your gun is a 940, the engineering and production changes alone narrow it down to 1991-1993.

The SCSW 3rd. ed. "Serial Number Range By Years" Appendix places your gun's S/N into date areas: between August 1990 and January 1991, or in Sept. 1992.

The SCSW 3rd. ed. is by no means perfect, as there were a lot of guns moving through S&W and no one person in charge of documenting anything. The book was compiled by S&W experts and uses information compiled from many sources. I do think the Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson, Third edition, by Supica and Nahas, is an invaluable resource for the S&W enthusiast.

Hope this helps,
Chuck

Bronson
11-09-2008, 01:11
Hi everyone,

I'm new to the world of S&W snubbies. I just picked up a used Model 60 with an unfluted cylinder and was hoping someone could help me put a date to it.

The SN is BDU21XX

Also, is it safe for .38 special +P?

Thanks for your help.

Bronson

chuck17
11-09-2008, 20:25
Hi everyone,

I'm new to the world of S&W snubbies. I just picked up a used Model 60 with an unfluted cylinder and was hoping someone could help me put a date to it.

The SN is BDU21XX

Also, is it safe for .38 special +P?

Thanks for your help.

Bronson

According to the SCSW 3rd.ed., your pistol was probably made around April 1989 (or possibly in early 1994, see earlier posted disclaimer about serial numbers). Do you have a "dash number," for example Model 60-3? That could help narrow down the date of manufacture. Also, if you have the box, the label give other clues like a "product code." The unfluted cylinder was not a standard offering, so it was probably part of a special run. Does it have a 2" or 3" barrel? Spur or bobbed hammer? What type of grips? Any other distinguishing features? The Model 60 had a lot of variations and all of them are not listed in the SCSW. Some variations were rated for +P after 1990, so I am not sure if if your gun is safe for +P... I would call S&W and ask them, or put that quesion on the S&W Forum at http://www.smith-wessonforum.com/eve/

-Chuck

Bronson
11-10-2008, 01:16
Hi Chuck,



Thanks for the info so far. Here's everything else I know...

60-3 stamped on inside of frame
6 6 5 stamped on crane
B15 and 48665 stamped on lower, left side of frame beneath left grip panel. There is also a small, round, white sticker with the number 5 on it with a blue line through the number.
7869 stamped on lower, right side of frame beneath right grip panel
Of course the SN of BDU21XX
The barrel is 1 3/4" long from the cylinder face and just under 1 3/16" long from the frame
The front sight is integral with the top strap
The hammer is bobbed but it is not original
It came with aftermarket Safariland grips, so no joy there
No box or other papers
Thanks again for all your help.

Bronson

Retired Squid
11-18-2008, 17:51
A good friend just picked up a nice 66-1 ser # 83K11XX could you please give me a date of manufacture. He thinks it was made in 83 because of the 83 in front of the K, I told him it was not the date, but I got to wondering.

Anyway it would be nice to know to be able to tell him for sure.

Thanks in advance sir.

chuck17
11-18-2008, 20:09
A good friend just picked up a nice 66-1 ser # 83K11XX could you please give me a date of manufacture. He thinks it was made in 83 because of the 83 in front of the K, I told him it was not the date, but I got to wondering.

Anyway it would be nice to know to be able to tell him for sure.

Thanks in advance sir.

According to the SCSW, 3rd ed., the Model 66 aka "The .357 Combat Magnum Stainless" was produced circa 1970 - 2004. The 66-1 was made from 1977 until the 66-2 came out in 1982. The ser # 83K11XX would place its manufacture in 1980 ( 1980 S/Ns ran from 57K0001-91K6800 ). It is a fine revolver.

You are welcome, sir.
-Chuck

Retired Squid
11-19-2008, 06:12
Thanks Chuck for the info and I am sure he will be happy to have the info.

He told me that he traded a Rossi snubbie even for the gun and had bought the Rossi for $198 new some years back. He said he even tried to talk the person out of the trade, but they insisted on the trade. Or so the story goes, but he did say if he didn't like the gun I could have first dibs on buying it from him.

Not sure if I would ever really want it to use or carry, as I already have a S&W 642 and a FN 5.7 pistol with 30 round magazine for the bedroom. With small ones in the house I would not want to have a multi wall penetrator. Such as my DW 357, S&W 610 or even my S&W 642 38 spl that I used to put under my pillow before we had to take in the grandsons.

Anyway keep up the good work.

Say while I am at it here. I have a S&W K frame 22 magnum with a factory 22 lr cylinder assembly that is interchangeable and ser # K372XXX what does the book have to say about that model. I believe mine was an early model built the year the 22 magnum and the Model 48 was introduced. What say the book if you would not mind.

I love shooting the M48 and it has just recently come back from S&W for tune up/check out and was passed with flying colors. I have ordered a Taurus model 941 4" SS 22 magnum to replace the S&W as a regular shooter just to save the S&W from any more wear and tear from regular use.

I do not expect the Taurus 22 magnum to be any where near the quality and ease of operation of the S&W, but I do hope it keeps me happy while helping to preserving a fine model of S&W craftsmanship. I almost bought a nice S&W 651 22 magnum, but again it is another rare classic and being an eveyday used gun would be expensive for the gun would have set me back almost $700 for a plinker, so I went with the Taurus.

Dandapani
11-19-2008, 06:48
I assume that you have a letter from Roy Jinks, S&W Historian that gives you your shipping date.

Thanks for the info. No letter. I called S/W when I bought this pistol a couple of years ago and that is what they told me over the phone. The owners manual has a hand written note, presumably by the original owner stating it was purchased by them in the same month as S/W said they shipped it.

chuck17
11-19-2008, 17:36
Thanks Chuck for the info and I am sure he will be happy to have the info.

He told me that he traded a Rossi snubbie even for the gun and had bought the Rossi for $198 new some years back. He said he even tried to talk the person out of the trade, but they insisted on the trade. Or so the story goes, but he did say if he didn't like the gun I could have first dibs on buying it from him.

Not sure if I would ever really want it to use or carry, as I already have a S&W 642 and a FN 5.7 pistol with 30 round magazine for the bedroom. With small ones in the house I would not want to have a multi wall penetrator. Such as my DW 357, S&W 610 or even my S&W 642 38 spl that I used to put under my pillow before we had to take in the grandsons.

Anyway keep up the good work.

Say while I am at it here. I have a S&W K frame 22 magnum with a factory 22 lr cylinder assembly that is interchangeable and ser # K372XXX what does the book have to say about that model. I believe mine was an early model built the year the 22 magnum and the Model 48 was introduced. What say the book if you would not mind.

I love shooting the M48 and it has just recently come back from S&W for tune up/check out and was passed with flying colors. I have ordered a Taurus model 941 4" SS 22 magnum to replace the S&W as a regular shooter just to save the S&W from any more wear and tear from regular use.

I do not expect the Taurus 22 magnum to be any where near the quality and ease of operation of the S&W, but I do hope it keeps me happy while helping to preserving a fine model of S&W craftsmanship. I almost bought a nice S&W 651 22 magnum, but again it is another rare classic and being an eveyday used gun would be expensive for the gun would have set me back almost $700 for a plinker, so I went with the Taurus.


Your friend made a good trade on the Rossi for a Smith, some people put a premium on snubbies for the concealability I have had good luck with Tauruses.

About the Model 48...Quote the following from the "Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson," 3rd. edition, by Supica and Nahas:
"Model 48: The K-22 Masterpiece Magnum Rimfire
Caliber: .22 Winchester Magnum Rimfire. Double-action revolver. Built on the square butt K target frame with 4 screws, 6-shot fluted cylinderwith a nominal length of 1.62" with cylinder counterbores. 4", 6", or 8-3/8" pinned barrel with serrated top rib, blue finish, 1/8" Patridge front sight on 6" and
8-3/8" barrels with micrometer click rear sight or Baughman quick draw on ramp base 0n 4" barrel. 10-groove serrated backstrap and forestrap, auxiliary .22LR cylinder and yoke also available as an option. Walnut Magna grips with S&W medallions and diamond around the screw escutcheon, .312" smooth combat trigger with 4" barrel with optional adjustable stop or .265" serrated service trigger with 6" or 8-3/8" barrel, .375" semi-target hammer. Optional .400" serrated trigger and .500" wide hammer was also available. Barrel markings are ".22 M.R.F." and "Smith & Wesson." Production reportedly began 5/21/59 at serial number K348746. Produced c. 1959-1986.

Variations:
* Four-screw, add 25%.
* Nickel finish examples exist, not cataloged, worth premium
* Auxiliary .22 Long Rifle cylinder available as an option.
* See the Model 648 for the stainless steel version.

Engineering and Production Changes:
48 (1959): Begin production at serial number K350000.
48-1 (1959): Change extractor rod thread from right hand to left hand.
48-2 (1962): Eliminate screw in trigger guard, change cylinder stop.
48-3 (1967): Relocation of rear sight leaf screw.
1968: Delete diamond grip.
48-4 (1977): Gas ring moved from yoke to cylinder.
1982: Delete pinned barrel
1986: Model 48 discontinued."

According to the S/N Appendix, K372XXX was made in 1959 (1959 serials ran from K350548 - K386804).

Hope this helps,
Chuck

PS- I would recommend the SCSW, 3rd. ed. for the S&W enthusiast. It is inexpensive entertainment, and education on the finest revolvers made. Lots of good pictures, too.

Retired Squid
11-19-2008, 17:57
WOW!!! That is some real info you posted there, I guess I am going to have to see about getting the book.

I have been thinking about putting the M48 in the back of the safe and getting a Taurus 641 to plink with, therefore saving the M48 in like new shape for a grandson. Yes I know it is blasphemy, but a S&W 641 is just too expensive to be a plinker even be it used.

By the way the 22 LR cylinder has only had maybe 18 to 24 rounds fired through it and I did that the first time this past spring.

Retired Squid
11-29-2008, 21:43
Chuck I walked into gun shop this morning and bought a 686-6 Power Ported SER# DBF26XX is this a 2006 made gun?

It appeared to be NIB with the 3 cylinders fired at factory and never fired again. It didn't have a turn ring when I first looked at it about 6 months ago in the shop, but has a very slight one from every time I have looked and worked the action as did a few other I am sure. I will know for sure once I pull side plate and cylinder tomorrow, but what is the odds this gun has been hanging around for about two years?

Any info you can provide about the gun I would be most grateful. Thanks in advance. Yes I will post pictures later in the week after new Pachmyr grips and a little cleaning a waxing.

chuck17
11-30-2008, 08:27
SER# DBF26XX is too new of a number to be listed in the SCSW, 3rd ed., but it should be post-2004. The three chambers with rings should be alternating with unfired chambers of the cylinder. I have come across a lot of guns hanging around for longer than two years, so it is not out of the ordinary. It looks like it may be a good find.

I personally would not remove the side plate on a new gun. If you do, make sure to not pry it off, but rather turn ot over and rap the grip frame (take off grips beforehand) with a plastic mallet until it pops off. You risk marring the fine line separating the sideplate from the frame.

The 686 is a fine weapon. I have never been a big fan of porting, but there are many who think it is worthwhile.

Good luck with that.
-Chuck

If you have the box, what is the product code? It may reveal additional information about your gun.

Retired Squid
11-30-2008, 08:56
SER# DBF26XX is too new of a number to be listed in the SCSW, 3rd ed., but it should be post-2004. The three chambers with rings should be alternating with unfired chambers of the cylinder. I have come across a lot of guns hanging around for longer than two years, so it is not out of the ordinary. It looks like it may be a good find.

I personally would not remove the side plate on a new gun. If you do, make sure to not pry it off, but rather turn ot over and rap the grip frame (take off grips beforehand) with a plastic mallet until it pops off. You risk marring the fine line separating the sideplate from the frame.

The 686 is a fine weapon. I have never been a big fan of porting, but there are many who think it is worthwhile.

Good luck with that.
-ChuckThe reason I thought '06 as mfg date is the listed features line 06-A2-MD-GR-BP-SA-SP-FS-CS-ZS and that 06 should be the year of manufacture date.

This is the first ported gun I have owned and only bought it because of the $500 cost to me. I never saw a need or use for them unless shooting some kind of timed event where less recoil would be helpful with reducing time to get back on target.

As for as side-plate goes I been taking them off successfully for almost 40 years and I have found a few so tight that knowing how to properly pry them up is almost an art. Once a year when I deep clean and oil the Model 48 K-22, I have to spend a couple of very careful minutes get the plate to "pop loose" where it can be removed. My Dan Wesson's are a strange pair and the SS 722 has to be "pop loose" and the Model 15-2 blued just falls off with screw removal and it has the smallest separation of frame and plate I have ever seen. Go figure. My 610-3 will pop off with one whack of rubber mallet and the 642-2 will also pop loose with mallet and it has a rather large gap.

All of my new S&W's come with an oil hole on left side of frame near the cylinder latch and seldom require taking apart for cleaning and oiling. :whistling: :tongueout: :rofl: :supergrin:

Retired Squid
11-30-2008, 13:14
Ok reporting on the findings of strip down and clean and oiling on the "new" 686-6 PP that I picked up the other day.

It has not been shot other then factory, had my magnifying hood on and did very close 10x inspection of cylinder face, and all moving parts. It was a good thing I did pop the side plate as the gun was bone dry, so I broke out the Breakfree CLP and put a drop on all moving parts for now and will clean out the CLP for some synthetic oil in about a week or two. I want to test fire and see how I like shooting the gun before I put some real time and effort into getting the gun ready for regular shooting.

I will say the gun sure is barrel heavy at front and if a keeper I may check into milling down the under lug some. But would need to look at a few examples to see how I like the looks and feel of a trimmed up under lug gun.

What? Me worry?
12-06-2008, 14:39
Hey Chuck - can you check another one for me? :mememe:

It's a model 19-6, blued, 4 inch barrel. Serial #BPE79xx

It's an etched serial number...I'm thinking late 90's maybe? :dunno:

Thanks man! :yourock:

chuck17
12-06-2008, 19:55
Hey Chuck - can you check another one for me?

It's a model 19-6, blued, 4 inch barrel. Serial #BPE79xx

It's an etched serial number...I'm thinking late 90's maybe?

Thanks man!

Per the SCSW, 3rd. ed.-
"Model 19: The Combat Magnum" was produced c. 1955-1999.

Model 19-6 was produced from 1988 until the 19-7 came out in 1994.

According to the SN appendix, serial numbers starting with BPE were produced around November 1993.

In my opinion, the medium-framed S&W Model 19 with a 4" barrel is one of the most versatile handguns you can buy. You can shoot light .38 special target loads as well as powerful .357 magnum rounds. The 4" barrel is perfectly balanced, not too long or too short. It's a keeper.

Good luck with that,
Chuck

What? Me worry?
12-06-2008, 20:56
Per the SCSW, 3rd. ed.-
"Model 19: The Combat Magnum" was produced c. 1955-1999.

Model 19-6 was produced from 1988 until the 19-7 came out in 1994.

According to the SN appendix, serial numbers starting with BPE were produced around November 1993.

In my opinion, the medium-framed S&W Model 19 with a 4" barrel is one of the most versatile handguns you can buy. You can shoot light .38 special target loads as well as powerful .357 magnum rounds. The 4" barrel is perfectly balanced, not too long or too short. It's a keeper.

Good luck with that,
Chuck

Thanks Chuck. I traded a VINTAGE model 10 for it, that was manufactured in 1960, according to the document that came with it. It was in absolute PERFECT condition. I wouldn't have considered it MINT, because it had been fired - but not by me. It was probably worth more ($$$ wise anyway) than this model 19, that I would rate at about 80-85%, but it wasn't doing me any good sitting on a shelf. My guns are ALL working guns. I just couldn't make myself carry that model 10.

I probably coulda got a little cash to go with the trade, but I just swapped the guy even for the 19. It already has a little "character" so any and all scuffs it receives won't hurt as much.

Thanks for the info Chuck! :yourock:

Leonard
12-10-2008, 09:31
I was recently given a 6 " model 19-5 unfired,by my elderly neighbor.

What years were the 19-5 made?

Thanks,Gary

chuck17
12-11-2008, 17:33
I was recently given a 6 " model 19-5 unfired,by my elderly neighbor.

What years were the 19-5 made?

Thanks,Gary

According to the Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson, the Model 19-5 was produced from 1982 until 1988 (when the 19-6 came out). The 19-5 is a fine weapon, and for it to be given to you makes it extra-fine.

-Chuck

KYMike
12-20-2008, 20:07
Hey Chuck,

If Santa doesn't bring me a copy of the SCSW, I'll definitely have to order one. :-) In the meantime, is there any chance you might be willing to check one for me, please? It's a 64-3, 7D77xxx.

Thanks!!

Retired Squid
12-20-2008, 20:13
Hey Chuck,

If Santa doesn't bring me a copy of the SCSW, I'll definitely have to order one. :-) In the meantime, is there any chance you might be willing to check one for me, please? It's a 64-3, 7D77xxx.

Thanks!!
1981 and I got my book for Christmas. :tongueout:

KYMike
12-20-2008, 20:47
1981 and I got my book for Christmas. :tongueout:

You lucky dog! Lol. Thanks a bunch for the help, friend.

gjk5
12-23-2008, 14:58
Any help on this one?:

Model 19-3, 4"
K900XXX

Retired Squid
12-23-2008, 17:55
Any help on this one?:

Model 19-3, 4"
K900XXX
1969 How is that?

gjk5
12-23-2008, 19:01
Thanks!


Picked it up today. Picking up a M625 in .45ACP in the next few days, I got the revolver/lever bug bad right now.

Retired Squid
12-23-2008, 19:19
Thanks!


Picked it up today. Picking up a M625 in .45ACP in the next few days, I got the revolver/lever bug bad right now.Lucky for me I have been able keep the lever bug away. :whistling:

But the 22LR bug is about to break me. :wow: I will be doing some picture taking in near future of some nice new to me stff I have collected in the last 3 or 4 months. :supergrin:

gjk5
12-25-2008, 10:34
Got another one:

Model 15-4
91K7XXX


My mother in law asked me to keep this in my safe last year, it was her fathers. She gave it to me yesterday for christmas, it is pristine. You can barely see a line on the cylinder if you hold it just right, other than that; looks unfired.

Retired Squid
12-25-2008, 11:38
Got another one:

Model 15-4
91K7XXX


My mother in law asked me to keep this in my safe last year, it was her fathers. She gave it to me yesterday for christmas, it is pristine. You can barely see a line on the cylinder if you hold it just right, other than that; looks unfired.1981 for the gun.

gjk5
12-25-2008, 12:10
Thanks again!

patman
01-03-2009, 16:29
Model 36,J18xxx.It has a pinned barrel which with what I've read means (I have no idea if it's true) it was made before 1983.Can the 36's fire +p ammo?

What? Me worry?
01-12-2009, 16:46
Hey Chuck - I've got another one for you to check the "DOB" on.

Smith & Wesson model 36, serial #J5282xx

Thanks man! :dancingbanana:

patman
01-12-2009, 17:16
How about mine?

What? Me worry?
01-12-2009, 18:36
How about mine?

I wouldn't fire any +Ps thru it. As for it's age? It's a little older than mine judging by your "J" serial number and it only being 5 digits long. I'm gonna guess yours is probably around 1969-1970. Mine is probably a year or so behind yours (1971-73).

We'll see what Chuck's book says. :supergrin:

patman
01-12-2009, 18:45
I wouldn't fire any +Ps thru it. As for it's age? It's a little older than mine judging by your "J" serial number and it only being 5 digits long. I'm gonna guess yours is probably around 1969-1970. Mine is probably a year or so behind yours (1971-73).

We'll see what Chuck's book says. :supergrin:

It's actually 6 digits long.You really think it's that old?The thing pretty much looks brand new.I went and shot it the other day and didn't put any +P's through it,though I did have some pretty hot standard .38's that I fired.

What? Me worry?
01-12-2009, 18:48
It's actually 6 digits long.You really think it's that old?The thing pretty much looks brand new.I went and shot it the other day and didn't put any +P's through it,though I did have some pretty hot standard .38's that I fired.

Since you said it was SIX digits long (like mine) it's probably gonna be an early 70's model. I know my model 10-5 is a 1976 model, and your model 36 is a NO DASH like mine...right? :dunno:

patman
01-12-2009, 18:55
Nope,no dash.I picked it up for $325.00 and it's REALLY clean.I didn't get the box or papers though.The grips have been replaced with Hogue rubber grips too.

What? Me worry?
01-12-2009, 18:58
Nope,no dash.I picked it up for $325.00 and it's REALLY clean.I didn't get the box or papers though.The grips have been replaced with Hogue rubber grips too.

I gave $350 for mine and it's kinda ruff.

That didn't matter. The finish doesn't affect how it fires anyway.

chuck17
01-12-2009, 18:59
Model 36,J18xxx.It has a pinned barrel which with what I've read means (I have no idea if it's true) it was made before 1983.Can the 36's fire +p ammo?


The following per the SCSW 3rd. ed.-

The pinned barrel was eliminated on the Model 36 in 1982. Serial numbers for J1-J99999 ran from 1969-1970.

I can't find anything specifically about shooting Plus P ammo in your 36, probably because I am not looking hard enough, but plus P ammo would probably cause excessive wear to the gun. Personally, I haven't seen the need to "pump up the volume." Heck, just shooting standard 38 specials in my model 36 starts to slap my hand after firing several cylinders.

It is a nice little gun with a full size punch.

-Chuck

chuck17
01-12-2009, 19:01
If it is J100000-J250000 it would be from 1973-74.

What? Me worry?
01-12-2009, 19:03
Thanks Chuck - you da man! :thumbsup:

chuck17
01-12-2009, 19:03
Hey Chuck - I've got another one for you to check the "DOB" on.

Smith & Wesson model 36, serial #J5282xx


Model 36, Serial numbers J370001 - J610000 were made 1976-1977.

chuck17
01-12-2009, 19:07
Thanks Chuck - you da man!

You're welcome!

patman
01-12-2009, 19:12
I'm not sure how the picture turned out,but here goes.

patman
01-12-2009, 19:13
Not a very good picture,but it is very clean.

patman
01-12-2009, 19:16
Oh yeah,thanks Chuck!

What? Me worry?
01-12-2009, 19:19
I'm not sure how the picture turned out,but here goes.

That's a dead ringer for mine...just not as beat up as mine is.

And mine's not really THAT bad. You can just tell it's seen a lot of presentations in it's lifetime. ;)

Oh if those old guns could talk, huh? :whistling:

chuck17
01-12-2009, 19:39
Oh yeah,thanks Chuck!

My pleasure!

You have a fine example of a S&W firearm. You have made a good choice.

What? Me worry?
01-12-2009, 19:41
You have a fine example of a S&W firearm. You have made a good choice.

Now get those dadgum rubbers off of it and get you some woodies! :cool:

patman
01-12-2009, 20:08
I might try to find some wood ones but the rubber ones are soooo much nicer for shooting.Actually,those aren't even the rubber Hogues.I forgot that I swapped the grips around with my 642 grips.The 642 needs some rubber ones with its light weight and +P ammo.Just a bit jumpy.Some woods for the 36 would be great for presentation,that's for sure.Maybe I'll check Gunbroker for some.

GOT_GLOCK
01-19-2009, 22:14
Can you check these out?

TEV94** -1006
VHM11** -1076

Retired Squid
01-20-2009, 04:57
Can you check these out?

TEV94** -1006 April 1990
VHM11** -1076 late 1997 to 1998

You make a lover of all S&W 10 mm jealous. :supergrin:

GOT_GLOCK
01-20-2009, 14:28
You make a lover of all S&W 10 mm jealous. :supergrin:

Thanks!

Upgrayedd
02-02-2009, 17:48
Me too....thanks:cool:
M60 R322***

What? Me worry?
02-03-2009, 19:33
Hey chuck! A friend of mine just picked up a "new to him" model 36 and he was wanting to know it's DOB.

Serial #BNE96xx

Thanks in advance! :thumbsup:

What? Me worry?
02-24-2009, 19:46
Hey Chuck - here's you another one to look up.

Smith & Wesson 4 inch model 65-1, pinned & recessed, serial #D8015xx.

Also, it has a strange marking on it. The "&" in the "Smith & Wesson" on the left side of the barrel, is shaped like a rounded "E" or maybe even a backwards "3" :dunno: I've never seen this before on any other S&W revolver. I mean, I've seen the standard "&" and the big ol' fat ones on model 27's and 28's, but I've never seen one like this before.

Damn! I wish I had a camera!

chuck17
02-24-2009, 20:32
Hey chuck! A friend of mine just picked up a "new to him" model 36 and he was wanting to know it's DOB.

Serial #BNE96xx

Thanks in advance!


Per the SCSW 3rd. ed., possibly Feb-March 1993.

chuck17
02-24-2009, 20:39
Smith & Wesson 4 inch model 65-1, pinned & recessed, serial #D8015xx.



Per the SCSW3, the Model 65 is the .357 Military & Police Heavy Barrel Stainless. That s/n puts its DOB at somewhere around 1975-76.

What? Me worry?
02-25-2009, 08:19
Hey Chuck - here's you another one to look up.

Smith & Wesson 4 inch model 65-1, pinned & recessed, serial #D8015xx.

Also, it has a strange marking on it. The "&" in the "Smith & Wesson" on the left side of the barrel, is shaped like a rounded "E" or maybe even a backwards "3" :dunno: I've never seen this before on any other S&W revolver. I mean, I've seen the standard "&" and the big ol' fat ones on model 27's and 28's, but I've never seen one like this before.

Damn! I wish I had a camera!

What about the strange "&" symbol, Chuck? Can you tell me anything about that? :dunno:

rkrk
02-25-2009, 14:23
I am looking for the date on my K 22 (I am pretty sure it is a post war gun)

SN K44xxx

RussP
03-05-2009, 20:04
Hi Chuck, I picked up a Model 15-3 4" today. SN# 6K848XX.

I also have the backwards 3 as the & in Smith & Wesson.

The seller says it is former LE service piece but doesn't know the dates.

Help!!

chuck17
03-05-2009, 21:12
I am looking for the date on my K 22 (I am pretty sure it is a post war gun)

SN K44xxx

Per the SCSW3, that date of manufacture is 1948.

I picked up a Model 15-3 4" today. SN# 6K848XX.


And that date should be 1975.

Those are both fine guns!

rkrk
03-06-2009, 08:23
thanks chuck17

Per the SCSW3, that date of manufacture is 1948.



And that date should be 1975.

Those are both fine guns!

RussP
03-06-2009, 20:03
...And that date should be 1975.

Those are both fine guns!Thank you very much.

TNT
03-13-2009, 10:45
I have a S&W model 65-3 serial number AHJ4XXX. Would like to know the date of manufacture. Thanks.

Berto
03-13-2009, 19:09
I have a S&W model 65-3 serial number AHJ4XXX. Would like to know the date of manufacture. Thanks.

It'd be the early half of 1986:wavey:

What? Me worry?
03-27-2009, 15:40
Here's another one that needs to know his birthday!

Smith & Wesson model 49 NO DASH, serial #11J38x

What? Me worry?
03-30-2009, 08:02
Here's another one that needs to know his birthday!

Smith & Wesson model 49 NO DASH, serial #11J38x

Hello? Chuck? Are you awake?

G33
03-30-2009, 09:27
Do not see a: 11J...
M49 intro 1959.
J began 1969.
-1 starts 1988.

G33
03-30-2009, 09:30
1J1...
Could be 1972, 1973 or 1983.

What? Me worry?
03-30-2009, 09:40
1J1...
Could be 1972, 1973 or 1983.

Hmmm...nope, I have the little guy in my hot little hands right now.

Serial number 11J38x...it has a pinned barrel, regular (not flat latch) cylinder release...it has the regular ampersand on both sides of the barrel, but the LAZY ampersand on the right side of the frame below the cylinder. It also has the wooden grips that are numbered to this little guy, but they are NOT diamond models...just plain ol' checkered.

ffblackie
03-30-2009, 09:56
Can you check a Mod 19-4: 56K5xxx

THP 50th anniv .357 Mag

deadite
03-31-2009, 14:31
Hello,

Anyone know the birthday of a Model 29-2, blue, 8 3/8th's barrel, with a #N4877XX?

Thanks so much!

deadite

Berto
03-31-2009, 16:05
1978

:patriot:

deadite
03-31-2009, 16:09
1978

:patriot:

Thanks, Berto. I'm hoping you were referring to my model 29-2. :)

deadite

Berto
03-31-2009, 18:54
Thanks, Berto. I'm hoping you were referring to my model 29-2. :)

deadite


Yeppers.:supergrin:

snuffy33
04-01-2009, 23:11
I picked up a mint 4" Model 63, no dash. #M118xxx.
Any information you can provide will be appreciated.
Thanks, snuffy

Berto
04-02-2009, 13:53
I picked up a mint 4" Model 63, no dash. #M118xxx.
Any information you can provide will be appreciated.
Thanks, snuffy

1979, probably early that year.

snuffy33
04-02-2009, 16:15
1979, probably early that year.

Thanks Berto. :thumbsup:

Berto
04-02-2009, 19:29
Good looking dog, BTW.

kwikrnu
04-02-2009, 19:48
Can you see what year this gun was built?

http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r226/kwikrnu/guns/smithandwesson66.jpg
Thanks.

model 66
serial 8K469xx

Berto
04-03-2009, 15:32
Looks like 1975 for that 66.

kwikrnu
04-06-2009, 07:04
Looks like 1975 for that 66.


thank you

BArnett
04-07-2009, 19:34
Hi, I recently inherited a nickel model 15-2 4", Ser # is K5869XX. This little gun is a joy to shoot and stacks up 158SWC's in to nice little groups. I was just wondering if someone could tell me how old it is? Thank you for your time, Brad.

BArnett
04-09-2009, 13:29
Hi, I recently inherited a nickel model 15-2 4", Ser # is K5869XX. This little gun is a joy to shoot and stacks up 158SWC's in to nice little groups. I was just wondering if someone could tell me how old it is? Thank you for your time, Brad.


A call to S&W and I answered it for myself.....1964. Thanks.... :dunno:

miamitj
04-14-2009, 17:49
Can anyone give me some info on this S&W 66-1? SN 58k20XX ...

Born on date would be great :supergrin:

G33
04-15-2009, 05:52
1980.

WILLSARV
05-25-2009, 20:45
Post SN with last three numbers as XXX.
We will look it up for you.
:supergrin:

D 850XXX

Model 10-5

Thanks!!

Rick C
05-28-2009, 16:09
Mod 36, ANN49**

:wavey:

Sr. Bang Bang
06-08-2009, 17:01
I was just in Gander Mountain to pick up a couple of fishing poles for my nephews (they are going to be ring bearers in my wedding) and as always I checked out to see what used guns they have and some guy walks in wanting to sell a couple. He was discouraged with the prices they offered so I made him an offer. I paid 220 for a Model 36 (no dash) that is nickel plated. Would you mind looking up the DOB for me?

Model 36 (no dash) no lock
SN: 80jxx
it also has a square frame not a round one.

Thankyou!

Retired Squid
06-08-2009, 17:51
Some where between '57 to '66 as a no dash, but you have the Ser# down incorrect I think. If a 6" model could be worth 8 to 10 times what you paid. The Book list a 6" SB as not being offical offering and with a reported value of $1500 range but it list the Ser# being 337xxx for that gun.

Sr. Bang Bang
06-08-2009, 18:16
Thanks Retired Squid,
I sent you a PM with more detailed info.

WILLSARV
06-08-2009, 18:52
D 850XXX

Model 10-5

Thanks!!

Anyone???

Thanks

Berto
06-09-2009, 01:57
Anyone???

Thanks

1976:wavey:

Berto
06-09-2009, 02:01
Mod 36, ANN49**

:wavey:

Looks like 1986

WILLSARV
06-09-2009, 05:26
1976:wavey:

Thanks!

Rick C
06-11-2009, 17:12
Looks like 1986

Thanks. :cool:

NateIU10
06-13-2009, 09:13
60-7 (Ladysmith)
BRE0XXX

Thanks! :D

G33
06-13-2009, 10:22
60-7 (Ladysmith)
BRE0XXX

Thanks! :D

About July 1994.
:supergrin:

NateIU10
06-13-2009, 11:26
About July 1994.
:supergrin:

Awesome, and thanks for the quick response! :wavey:

BillR
06-19-2009, 16:49
I just picked up a pretty Model 36 nickel snubbie from an estate.
The SN on the bottom is 634Jxx. It has a pinned barrel and no plastic insert in the front sight. It also has the standard checkering on the grip.
Any info would be appreciated.
Thanks.:wavey:

KappaAlphaASU
06-30-2009, 04:42
I just bought a Smith and Wesson model 57 .41 magnum a few weeks ago. Its nickel with a 6 inch barrel and the serial number is N918xxx. Can anyone tell me when this gun was manufactured?? Thanks!!

SpcStn
07-01-2009, 21:19
How 'bout some info on these two:

686-5 (Plus), 4", S/N CDR1XXX

66-2, 4", S/N AEU3XXX

Thanks in advance,
SpcStn.

G33
07-02-2009, 16:58
How 'bout some info on these two:

686-5 (Plus), 4", S/N CDR1XXX-------late 1994.

66-2, 4", S/N AEU3XXX----------late 1984

Thanks in advance,
SpcStn.



:wavey::supergrin:

G33
07-02-2009, 16:59
I just bought a Smith and Wesson model 57 .41 magnum a few weeks ago. Its nickel with a 6 inch barrel and the serial number is N918xxx. Can anyone tell me when this gun was manufactured?? Thanks!!



--------1981

:supergrin::wavey:

G33
07-02-2009, 17:03
I just picked up a pretty Model 36 nickel snubbie from an estate.
The SN on the bottom is 634Jxx. It has a pinned barrel and no plastic insert in the front sight. It also has the standard checkering on the grip.
Any info would be appreciated.
Thanks.:wavey:

----not found in my note.
:whistling::supergrin:

Alpine
07-07-2009, 18:22
What sayeth the oracle about this .22 revolver?

Model 17-3
s/n 956xxx

Berto
07-14-2009, 19:34
What sayeth the oracle about this .22 revolver?

Model 17-3
s/n 956xxx

Does it have a 'K' prefix?

If so, 1970.

Alpine
07-15-2009, 22:26
Does it have a 'K' prefix?

If so, 1970.


Yes, there is a K. Don't know how I missed that. Thank you!

ki4dmh
07-22-2009, 16:51
I have a Smith & Wesson 686-6 with the lock. The numbers on it are CJR9XXX. Any ideas on the date of manufacture?

keltec2000
07-31-2009, 10:31
I have Come into Posession of an old Smith my Great Grandfather used to carry as a peace officer. It says Model 10-5 and the Serial number is D93140. I hae absolutely no other information other than it says .
38 S&W Special CTG.

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn57/keltec2000/test008-Copy.jpg

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn57/keltec2000/test009-Copy.jpg

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn57/keltec2000/test010.jpg

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn57/keltec2000/test011.jpg


Any help would be Greatly Appreciated.

Berto
07-31-2009, 15:31
The 10-5 is a 1969 production.
Dunno on the Romy.

keltec2000
07-31-2009, 15:37
OOps... Sorry, I must have added in Darlene by mistake. I'll be removing that now.

Berto
07-31-2009, 17:13
:supergrin:


<----luvs my SAR 3

tstanfield12
08-02-2009, 02:35
Any info on a S&W 3913NL

Serno - TJA5xxx

Berto
08-02-2009, 09:34
Any info on a S&W 3913NL

Serno - TJA5xxx

Shoulda gone for the Ruger.:supergrin:

Looks like 1991.:wavey:

Mitch_Rapp.45
08-03-2009, 21:39
Anyone have any idea and maybe a reference on a .357 Magnum,
4" Blued, S/N k849960 with a post bluing heavy stamp "MOD." actually touching the base of the S/N and a faint "19 3" Any help would be appreciated.
Lee

Berto
08-04-2009, 15:59
Anyone have any idea and maybe a reference on a .357 Magnum,
4" Blued, S/N k849960 with a post bluing heavy stamp "MOD." actually touching the base of the S/N and a faint "19 3" Any help would be appreciated.
Lee

You have an early 1969 production Model 19-3

The "dash 3" signifies the third change to the design; a relocation of the rear sight leaf screw. My guess is you're looking inside the cyl frame yoke and seeing MOD 19 3...model 19, dash three.

Great gun, a highly desirable K frame. These were designed around the .38sp round, which occasional .357 mag use as a general rule, and is how 99% of .357mag revolvers live, anyways.:supergrin:

Berto
08-04-2009, 16:05
I just picked up a pretty Model 36 nickel snubbie from an estate.
The SN on the bottom is 634Jxx. It has a pinned barrel and no plastic insert in the front sight. It also has the standard checkering on the grip.
Any info would be appreciated.
Thanks.:wavey:

That's a 1971 production.

Berto
08-04-2009, 16:08
I have a Smith & Wesson 686-6 with the lock. The numbers on it are CJR9XXX. Any ideas on the date of manufacture?

My book doesn't go that recent, it has to be late 90's.
Sorry I couldn't help more.

ki4dmh
08-04-2009, 21:18
My book doesn't go that recent, it has to be late 90's.
Sorry I couldn't help more.
Thank you for trying to check.

joker42179
08-05-2009, 13:58
ok heres one for the gurus.....

i have a model 36 no dash, blued in 98% condition w/ a square butt, 2 in pinned barrel, flat latch cylinder release, 3 screw panel, w/ the original serialized to the gun - checkered w/ diamond wood grips serial number is 173XXX

what sayeth the almighty smith gurus?

Retired Squid
08-05-2009, 14:18
ok heres one for the gurus.....

i have a model 36 no dash, blued in 98% condition w/ a square butt, 2 in pinned barrel, flat latch cylinder release, 3 screw panel, w/ the original serialized to the gun - checkered w/ diamond wood grips serial number is 173XXX

what sayeth the almighty smith gurus?Not looking in the "big book" because the wife has moved it and I don't find it, I would say about 59 to 62 era. My guess if box and papers it will bring $700 to $1000 in some areas depending on the buyers seeing the gun.

joker42179
08-05-2009, 15:04
:supergrin: ty very much......i wish i had the box and papers for it but it was a pawn shop find for me and i don't believe ill ever find one in as good condition that's this old again

Berto
08-05-2009, 15:17
ok heres one for the gurus.....

i have a model 36 no dash, blued in 98% condition w/ a square butt, 2 in pinned barrel, flat latch cylinder release, 3 screw panel, w/ the original serialized to the gun - checkered w/ diamond wood grips serial number is 173XXX

what sayeth the almighty smith gurus?

The book actually leaves off at 1957 and resumes 1962, but a fair extrapolation would put your gun at 1959.

chester
08-13-2009, 22:44
Just picked up my first snubbie. A lightly used 317 with serial number lgt 3XX. Any info about date of manufacture would be appreciated. thanks and looking forward to taking it out this weekend.

myglockisa23
08-15-2009, 07:24
Just picked up a 686-2.....BAN 229x......2.5" barrel.....any help is greatly appreciated...thanks

mrbray101
08-15-2009, 17:16
Could anyone help me on the year and approximate values of my two babies??

Model 28-2 N255354 roughly 98%, no box or papers

Model 686--4 BPY5465 95% condition, no box or papers

Thanks so much!

Berto
08-15-2009, 18:20
Chester, I can't help on that one, it's too new for my book....sorry.

myglock...your 686-2 goes mid 1988

mrbray101, the 28-2 looks to be 1976 and the 686-4, 1994.

myglockisa23
08-15-2009, 18:26
thank you......

mrbray101
08-15-2009, 18:35
Thanks, I appreciate it!

zooropa
09-12-2009, 00:03
Hi guys-- any help on this one? A pre-Model 15 5-screw with s/n K120xxx . Many thanks in advance----

joecoastie
09-21-2009, 18:02
Hey guys, I just picked up a 29-3, sn awm9xxx. any info you can provide would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance!

kwikrnu
09-23-2009, 12:16
How about a 29-3 serial # AHH9xxx code 101206

Thanks.

http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r226/kwikrnu/guns/smith29-3rightleft.jpg

BADSBSNF81
09-26-2009, 11:27
kwikrnu,
1985. Call S&W and they will tell you when it shipped from the facotory.

drphil
10-10-2009, 11:28
I have two S&W revolvers I'm trying to sell for my father-in-law...any help on manufacture info would be great and will help the listing.

- S&W model 37, .38 special, square butt, SN J7817XX
- S&W model 60, .38 special, round butt, SN R52XX

both have the firing pin on the hammer itself

Thanks guys,
Steve

BADSBSNF81
10-10-2009, 12:25
1981 for the 36
1969 for the 60

BADSBSNF81
10-10-2009, 12:28
Hey guys, I just picked up a 29-3, sn awm9xxx. any info you can provide would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance! @1987 or so

Hi guys-- any help on this one? A pre-Model 15 5-screw with s/n K120xxx . Many thanks in advance---- @ 1951

drphil
10-10-2009, 12:52
1981 for the 36
1969 for the 60

Not sure if it makes a difference, but instead of a 36, if you don't mind, look it up as a 37.

Thanks for the super FAST help!
Steve

BADSBSNF81
10-10-2009, 13:38
No difference, just fat fingers on may part on the model

drphil
10-11-2009, 14:56
No difference, just fat fingers on may part on the model

Much appreciated, my friend. Off to post them for sale...

joecoastie
10-14-2009, 15:18
BADSBSNF81,
Thanks, much appreciated!

BADSBSNF81
10-14-2009, 16:51
Glad to help

MurrayNevada
10-20-2009, 05:44
Anyone have an idea of the approximate date this revolver was manufactured? It is a Model 57 with the hammer attached firing pin (not a transfer bar) and there is no "dash" after the Model number. The serial # is N6916xx.

Thank you

Retired Squid
10-20-2009, 06:08
Anyone have an idea of the approximate date this revolver was manufactured? It is a Model 57 with the hammer attached firing pin (not a transfer bar) and there is no "dash" after the Model number. The serial # is N6916xx.

Thank youLate 79 to early 80 is best I can do with "the book".

kwikrnu
10-30-2009, 13:21
How about ANS4685 and ANS4686 ? They are Smith and Wesson model 65-3 three inch
.357 magnum k frames. Thanks.

Retired Squid
10-31-2009, 08:13
How about ANS4685 and ANS4686 ? They are Smith and Wesson model 65-3 three inch
.357 magnum k frames. Thanks.Made partial year 1988, so not a lot of them floating around.

If you have a heavy barrel, with bobbed hammer and it is a 65-3 3" barrel it was made for US Customs. But the serial # you list does not match with my Standard Catalog of S&W. Are you sure of model & ser numbers?

kwikrnu
10-31-2009, 08:56
Made partial year 1988, so not a lot of them floating around.

If you have a heavy barrel, with bobbed hammer and it is a 65-3 3" barrel it was made for US Customs. But the serial # you list does not match with my Standard Catalog of S&W. Are you sure of model & ser numbers?

Thanks. The hammers are not bobbed, but they are 65-3's.


http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r226/kwikrnu/guns/65-3/grip.jpg

http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r226/kwikrnu/guns/65-3/yokecylinder.jpg

http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r226/kwikrnu/guns/65-3/after4.jpg

Retired Squid
10-31-2009, 09:09
I'm thinking you need to send pictures and ser# to Roy at S&W and find out what you have number wise. I am sure not all 65-3 went to US Customs and those would possibly be of your ser # range, however it just may have been a very small number for civilian use.

kwikrnu
10-31-2009, 09:37
I'm thinking you need to send pictures and ser# to Roy at S&W and find out what you have number wise. I am sure not all 65-3 went to US Customs and those would possibly be of your ser # range, however it just may have been a very small number for civilian use.

I'm pretty sure they weren't for civilian because I bought them from a dealer that sells surplus stuff (http://www.allans-armory.com/aaresult.php?PageId=58) (he had a lot of these and still has other for sale). I was thinking about getting a letter for one because I'm sure the second would have went to the same place, right?

Retired Squid
10-31-2009, 11:17
I'm pretty sure they weren't for civilian because I bought them from a dealer that sells surplus stuff (http://www.allans-armory.com/aaresult.php?PageId=58) (he had a lot of these and still has other for sale). I was thinking about getting a letter for one because I'm sure the second would have went to the same place, right?

Makes sense to me. They could be just later date of mfg then the ones "The Book" shows, but I kind of think the book just may not be total right about the Ser# range.

One thing about the US C guns is they will be stamped, do these guns appear to have the stamps buffed out?

How much did you have to pay for those two beauties? They should make nice CCW pieces, little large and heavy for pants pocket carry, but IWB and coat pockets should be excellent. I would not shoot a lot of hot 357 Mag in the K frame, but use 38 spl for target work or if reloading light load your target ammo. By a lot I mean compatition or or several hundred rounds weekly, as the K from will shake loose and need to be sent back to S&W for repair. However with average of couple hundred rounds per year of standard factory or even warm handloads that 357 should out last you.

I would love to have one myself.

Ratsnest
11-19-2009, 14:58
Can any one help me dating my model 36 chiefs special ser. no. 369xxx

96dcmss
11-22-2009, 20:09
tell me what you can, I'd love to know the date this beautiful pistol was made....CEK6XXX

Taykaim
11-22-2009, 20:31
I recently inherited this old S&W .38 spc 6 shot revolver from an old co worker. I'd love to know how old it might be, or anything else its serial reveals about it.

C77764*

96dcmss
11-29-2009, 11:48
tell me what you can, I'd love to know the date this beautiful pistol was made....CEK6XXX

anyone?

BADSBSNF81
11-29-2009, 12:46
Ratsnest, Mod 36 - 62-64. You'll have to call S&W to narrow down further.
96dcmss, Mod 686 - 2000
Taykaim, Mid to late 60's. You'll have to call S&W to narrow it down further.

96dcmss
11-30-2009, 19:02
Thanks! I thought it would have been earlier than that....I thought around 2000 they had the lock on them? please correct me if I'm wrong.....

BADSBSNF81
12-01-2009, 18:40
The internal lock appeared in 2002

johnluger
12-20-2009, 20:53
S&W victory model .38 spl V 4155xx
S&W brit lend lease .38S&W V1484xx
S&W 422 .22 long rifle TCL 686x

mikenacarato
12-26-2009, 14:49
can anyone help on my serial number. I was my fathers gun and before him..his grandfathers gun..so its pretty old. ser# 135662

http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b110/mikenacarato/IMG00045.jpg

KappaAlphaASU
01-07-2010, 13:07
Any info on a Smith &Wesson 66-1 serial number 41K45xx

eyelikeglasses
01-30-2010, 17:31
I've got a model 10-9, three screw, pencil barrel. Any guesses on how old it might be? Thanks.

Billynash
03-03-2010, 23:36
Can you help in dating my S&W Model 18-2 Ser# K4816xx? Thanks, Bill

firedawg60
03-14-2010, 15:28
Hey guys, I have a 686 but can't remember when I bought it. I think the mid 80's. Anyway the SN is AVC-XXX then below that is 686-1. Now inbtween the SN and model there is an M stamped there.

Thanks in advance for any information that can be found.

VT-Rider
04-07-2010, 10:57
Anyone know when a Model 640, 38 Special, s/n BSB28XX was made?

Thank you.

iontrap
06-01-2010, 12:03
My dad has given me the model 10 that was his dad's. It's serial number is 16D8XXX. I would appreciate any info.

ColCol
06-09-2010, 18:11
I've just recently acquired a 3rd Generation 4566TSW and was curious if anyone could give a ball park figure on when it may have been manufactured. The serial number is BDX1752. I'm thinking maybe around 2000-2002 but just guessing.

desertdisciple
06-10-2010, 23:04
Just bought a flawless...
S & W / MODEL 29-3 / Ser. # AJF 8xxx

My buddy had it for years, but only shot 6 rounds through it. It had been in his safe, for all these years, so he offered to sell it & said he'd take $300.
(was gonna buy an LCP for one of his kids)

The finish is flawless, even all the lettering is still "golden".
Though I dislike the Pachmayr grips which are on it, this is the prettiest blue steel I've seen.
It's surely worth more, than I paid, but have no clue as to how much.

Any idea of manuf. date And/Or appx value?

*This pic doesn't do it justice...as the finish is flawless, doesn't even seem to have been holstered, just kept in a case*
http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd22/desertdisciple/Ministry%20Tools/Model29-3.jpg

Carolina Drifter
06-28-2010, 11:10
Would appreciate any/all info on my 29-3 serial # AYC038X product code # 101230. I would really like some printable info until I get my book.

Thanks,
CD

Glockbuster
08-23-2010, 13:39
I will now post a link here of another forum, because I don't think I'm allowed to reproduce its content in this forum. Many asking for dates will find their answer here:

http://smith-wessonforum.com/s-w-hand-ejectors-1896-1961/90659-gun-faqs-3.html

scroll down to post #22.

leeward419
01-29-2011, 13:42
Model 36, nickel plated, serial number 701,xxx what year?

Glockbuster
01-29-2011, 20:03
Model 36, nickel plated, serial number 701,093 what year?

Late 1960's, quite possibly 1968 is the best I can tell you.

leeward419
01-30-2011, 04:58
Thank You!

Ken B
02-05-2011, 13:25
I haven't bought a S&W in a long long time....
but I was fondling a 5906 today that I was really really growing partial too

TEA***, but the box and papers aren't with it....

around a 1994 model? I had a 2nd Edition of the S&W catalog, but since moving I haven't been able to find the box it is in :upeyes:

gruntmedik
03-05-2011, 13:47
I got a 686-1 yesterday that has already had the recall done. SN# AUPXXX

Any idea on date?

BADSBSNF81
04-09-2011, 16:15
1986-87

Johnspark
04-12-2011, 20:18
OK, I need some help if anyone is willing. I have a 686-3 with serial number BEW3***. Can anyone help?

Jermedic
04-18-2011, 17:09
I just picked up a nice condition model 37 this afternoon. Serial #ADB1115. Can anyone help me figure out when it was born? Thanks

mike g35
06-24-2011, 21:55
Hello I am new to glock talk and I guess this is where I should ask this type of question. I build my own open class Glock raceguns but I decided to send my 627pc off to BC Armory for work. Anyone have any experience with Bruce Warren @ BC Armory?

BADSBSNF81
06-25-2011, 15:23
Best way to find out when shipped is to call S&W.

Mod 37 ADB @ 1983

686-3 BEW @ 1989

ArtCrafter
06-25-2011, 17:15
OK, I need some help if anyone is willing. I have a 686-3 with serial number BEW3***. Can anyone help?

The 1st Edition of The Standard Catalog Of Smith & Wesson indicates sometime between Oct 1988 (starts w/BBT2293) and Jul 1990 (starts w/BFL1101).

HTH http://www.glocktalk.com/forums/images/smilies/wavey%5B1%5D.gif

ArtCrafter
06-25-2011, 17:18
I just picked up a nice condition model 37 this afternoon. Serial #ADB1115. Can anyone help me figure out when it was born? Thanks

The 1st Edition of The Standard Catalog Of Smith & Wesson indicates sometime between Jan 1983 (starts w/ABL4000) and Oct 1983 (starts w/ADE6700).

HTH http://www.glocktalk.com/forums/images/smilies/wavey%5B1%5D.gif (http://www.glocktalk.com/forums/images/smilies/wavey%5B1%5D.gif)

Johnspark
06-30-2011, 09:26
The 1st Edition of The Standard Catalog Of Smith & Wesson indicates sometime between Oct 1988 (starts w/BBT2293) and Jul 1990 (starts w/BFL1101).

HTH http://www.glocktalk.com/forums/images/smilies/wavey%5B1%5D.gif

What a surprise. I hadn't checked here is a while and I just found your post. Thanks very much for the information. :wavey:

Johnspark
06-30-2011, 09:26
Best way to find out when shipped is to call S&W.

Mod 37 ADB @ 1983

686-3 BEW @ 1989

:wavey: Thanks to you too!

RobG
07-06-2011, 09:40
I purchased a S&W stainless .357 revolver back in '81 or maybe '82...I don't know the model number (don't see it shown anwhere on the pistol.

Serial # ACC7xxx

Any help with the specifics are appreciated...btw, I posted a pic of it in the picture thread.

trucker611
07-06-2011, 19:36
hey guys need some help.looking at smith model 37 s.n. AWC97xx.any idea of date of mfg?it is in very good shape. thanks trucker611

LH2
09-17-2011, 06:55
How about a 3913 NL SN VJR3XXX? Thanks!

DylanPowell
11-23-2011, 12:07
Just got a model 10 SN: D457XXX any idea on when it was made and if it can handle +p+ or +p ammo?

Glockbuster
11-23-2011, 14:28
Just got a model 10 SN: D457XXX any idea on when it was made and if it can handle +p+ or +p ammo?

Late 1972 early 1973. You´re good to go with any 38 sp +P ammo from a reputable manufacturer. All K frames are. +P+ is not a SAAMI spec and thus of unknown values, specially from dubious manufacturers. You might also find this article by Saxonpig in the Smith and Wesson forum quite informative on the subject.
http://www.smithandwessonforums.com/forum/ammo-forum/77-faq-my-p-study.html

JimIsland
01-09-2012, 15:18
Guys, I have a guy at work that wants to sell me a S&W 38 special CTG

mod. 15-3 serial# 8x12983

Can anyone tell me if it's worth anything? The guy wants 150.00 for it. Thank you.

ColCol
04-11-2012, 17:12
Recently bought a 4516-1 with serial number TED3XXX. Ideas on the manufacture date? Thanks.

KappaAlphaASU
08-27-2012, 15:39
Just aquired a blued 4 inch 29-2 serial number S284***

DISPENSER 4 HIRE
09-27-2012, 15:12
If I could trouble you for information on my Smith & Wesson revolvers.
Mod 629, N 841xxx, R19 76146 (on crane?) 8 3/8 inch with wood grips, & presentation box
1980-1983???

Mod 629-4 Trailboss, RSR9XXX 010 (on crane)

Mod 60-9, CCS0xxx

Spydermonkey
09-27-2012, 23:41
I have a buddy that is trying to sell me a barely used w/ box & cleaning kit model 60-4 .38S&W 3" w/target sights SN # BNB3***

Can anyone give me an approximate mfgr date and value?

dajcarroll
05-08-2013, 10:38
Guys, I have a guy at work that wants to sell me a S&W 38 special CTG

mod. 15-3 serial# 8x12983

Can anyone tell me if it's worth anything? The guy wants 150.00 for it. Thank you.

Is this a joke?! $150, buy it. If not, PM me. I'll buy it.


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dajcarroll
05-08-2013, 10:43
Is this a joke?! $150, buy it. If not, PM me. I'll buy it.


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I guess I should have looked at the date of the post. Last year. Ha.


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