Identifying the weapon is a matter of locating the identifying etchings with the serial number along the gun metal on the barrel. The Smith & Wesson logo is a stylized "S" overlayed on top of a stylized "W". Benefits of cross referencing with S&W; include notification if the firearm is stolen or has been used in a crime.
In addition, the Smith & Wesson logo gives away the maker of the firearm. A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California.
The Only True way to know when your gun was shipped from the factory is to apply for a Factory letter.
Some models are not as fast selling as others and although a reference book shows serial numbers and list's years when they shipped, it can only be considered a general idea of that model as I have seen some that shipped several years after these books show them to due to a less Popular status or demand for them.
However, many people do not post the data we need to help you, and we wind up playing 20 Questions for hours.
If you will take just a few minutes to read below and then post the data we need, you will sometimes see guns fully identified in 10 minutes or less!
Barrels of 2.5 inches (64 mm) are also known to have been made for special contracts. With this order, the Hand Ejector Model became known as the .38 Military and Police model.
In 1899, the United States Army and Navy placed orders with Smith & Wesson for two to three thousand Model 1899 Hand Ejector revolvers chambered for the M1892 .38 Long Colt U. That same year, in response to reports from military sources serving in the Philippines on the relative ineffectiveness of the new cartridge, Smith & Wesson began offering the Military & Police in a new chambering, .38 S&W Special (a.k.a.
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Is there a website where I can find out the age of my used S&W revolver by serial number search?
The parts were labeled with an assembly number prior to hand fitting so that the various parts (yoke, barrel, frame, etc.) were kept together once they were hand fitted to each other.
Only later, after everything meshed together properly and the finish was applied to the metal parts, was a serial number stamped into the appropriate places - grip frame, barrel, cylinder and ejector star.
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