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Posted November 14 2012 - 02:28 PM
Posted November 14 2012 - 02:45 PM
Then, at the very least you'll know the exact model number.
After that I can't help you, however, there are many other websites where the year of manufacture can be determined, based on the serial number.
In fact one of our members is a S&W guru..........I'm sure he'll chime in.
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Posted November 14 2012 - 08:21 PM
Posted November 14 2012 - 08:52 PM
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Posted November 14 2012 - 08:55 PM
Posted November 14 2012 - 09:07 PM
Posted November 14 2012 - 09:24 PM
Posted November 14 2012 - 09:24 PM
I think ceesman762 was refering 8373 to the numbers found in the crane/yoke area. Ceeaman762 stated the the serial number was 623...
What do you think?
Posted November 14 2012 - 10:00 PM
Posted November 15 2012 - 07:30 AM
Posted November 15 2012 - 07:52 AM
Would a call to the good folks at S&W help?
Based on how you describe the guns history and service it's too bad it can't speak. I would love to hear some of the stories it certainly has to tell!
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Posted November 15 2012 - 08:51 AM
Posted November 15 2012 - 08:59 AM
Posted November 15 2012 - 09:20 AM
It's a 5-screw gun, (Dec. Combat Handguns actually has a short explanation of this) which puts it as "old" for sure.
I'm wondering what the hard chrome does to the value - but I'm guessing you're not even considering selling it so that's not important. Upside is the thing will last forever.
You should definitely get the S&W letter!!!
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Posted November 15 2012 - 09:25 AM
How you gonna come?
With your hands on your head
Or on the trigger of your gun?
Posted November 15 2012 - 05:10 PM
Letter prefix started in 1947...
Can you tell us what are the markings on the backstrap ? ( looks like there is somethin there ? )
Posted November 15 2012 - 07:42 PM
On the length of the barrel is this "Smith & Wesson Springfield Mass USA Patented Feb 6.06,Sept 14.09 Dec 29.14"
Posted November 16 2012 - 12:53 AM
The first catogory is called IDENTITY OF S&W REVOLVERS
The info you're looking for will probably be available there, by giving the required info ..
Just sign up with a user name & password and you're set to go.
Sorry to hear about your Dads passing. Is that revolver the actual gun he used as his service revolver? I ask because as a 'Proby' cop during that period of time, they were given the choice of a .38 Colt or a .38 S&W 4" Hvy Duty Model 10-6 to buy. I don't think they permitted you to use any gun other than the one that was issued by the NYPD at the time they were appointed..Those were hectic years and he would of had to have had the gun 'inspected' by the firearms section before he was allowed to carry it. It would have taken time to get that done and the city was in a rush to get them on the streets for riot duty.
I was appointed in 6/1966 and within 3-4 days after being sworn in, we were given a class on procedures and sent to the range to 'qualify' and had to get Blue uniforms right off of the rack and told to put the gray Probationary uniforms away and then put out in the streets of Brooklyn or the Bronx for Riot Control.. Yes, we bought everything that was required to wear from the 'NYPD Equiptment Store', located in 400 Broome St, NYC. except our shoes, black socks and Shield. Even the shield pin cost us. $.10 cents. It was called a Pension Loan and was around $500.
Posted November 16 2012 - 01:12 AM
That gun has a great history. Are you going to shoot it? keep it for memories? loan it to the NYPD museum? Sell it? I'd think it has more value to you than to anyone else, but the history of that gun is pretty cool. Especially if you can place it at any major events in your fathers career or the previous cops career.
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