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Old 09-09-2011, 04:01 PM   #1
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I have this, it's 3rd generation but I'd like to get an idea about what it is, age, etc... All I know is semi-autos... Any help is appreciated.



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Old 09-09-2011, 05:07 PM   #2
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She's a little rough around the edges, but yeah, I could date her if she'd make it worth my while.










I wish I could help you on the vintage of your Smithy, but sadly, all I have are smart ass jokes...apologies for my digression.
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It's a S&W Model 27 but they produced those from 1935 to the late 90s, but I couldn't tell you anymore than that.

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Maybe a nice dinner with a bottle of wine and a little dancing later...

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If you open the cylinder, the Model number is stamped on the frame. The series number (-2, -3) will give the Manufacture date range.
It looks like a Model 19 to me.

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No wine or dinner, I'm cheap!

Do what JP said and swing the cylinder open.



Starting around 1957 this is where S&W stamped the S/N. (Note above S/N with "N" prefix followed with the Model number.)



Prior to this you can find the S/N on the butt strap.

PM me the model number and the serial number and I'll date it for you.

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Can we get a confirmation on it when you find out?

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I'll post the model and date, not the S/N.

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That is most definately NOT a model 27. It looks to be a model 19 2 1/2". A model 27 has a checkered top strap and the side of the crane is flat on an N-frame.

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Its a round butt model 19 2 1/2 inch snub.The grips date it in the seventies to early eighties.From 69 back they had diamond center grips and serial numbers starting with S.
With out the dash number it is hard to tell what years it was made. With out the serial number it is imposible to date the specific year.It is pinned and recessed so its older than 1982 and newer than 1969.The model 19 was introduced in 1955 and given a model number in 1957.They were the combat magnum back before the model number and are still the combat magnum.They are a heat treated magnum chambered version of the model 15. Which was called the k-38 combat before the model 15.
As with all S&W dash numbers were added every time a engineering change came about.
Model 19 are fiarly new to the S&W line for collectors but recently have been being collected more and the prices are steadily climbing on them. Pristine models even in the three screw versions bring up to 650 and 700 bucks.The pinned and recessed models bring more being more desirable.The pre 19 versions bring the most.Im not sure what pre 19 is going for. I havent looked lately.
The shorter barrels four inch and below bring the most being the most sought after.
Judging from the flaking on finish and what appears to be rust. It is not a collector gun but a shooter and will probably fall into the 4 to 450 range of value.
If you have looked at the crane area and found a dash three and are using that saying it is a third generation. Your gun falls between 1967 when a site screw was changed and 1977 when the 19 went to dash four when the gas ring went from yoke to cylinder.So your gun falls between 1970 and 1977. If its a dash three as I suspect.

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