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Old 02-12-2012, 04:50 AM   #1
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I have a .38 S&W with a serial number that starts with a D. It's a 4inch barrel and like new, in the box with the papers from S&W. What's it worth and how old is it? Anyone know or am I better off calling S&W and asking them. I'm hard pressed to find anything that will allow me to track the number for the year.
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Old 02-12-2012, 05:09 AM   #2
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No way to even begin to answer without a lot more info. Value of ANY gun is drien by make, model, and condition.

BTW, you DO understand that 38 S&W and 38 Special are 2 different cartridges?

Get us some pics and all the markings, we'll do what we can.

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Pictures will help a great deal. There were many makers of handguns chambered in .38 S&W. Smith and Wesson is but one. If you can post the first 3 to 4 characters of the serial number followed by "x's" denoting how many other characters there are, I'm sure someone can get you close on the year of manufacture.

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Yes the instructions booklet says .38 S&W Special. The SN is D 772xxx.

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This is S&W's customer service number:
800-331-0852 then 7
They can generally get you a date of manuf. during business hours or you can request a letter from S&W for $35.00

I don't know of a decent on-line resource.

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Nice gun...

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Nice gun. Open the cylinder, and look on the part of the frame that WAS covered up by the crane. You should have a model number stamped there.

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It's a D Series K Frame

D750,001 – D870,000………Late 1975 – Early 1976

What's it worth?

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