Model 60?

Discussion in 'Smith & Wesson Forum' started by 25-5, Jan 31, 2015.

  1. 25-5

    25-5 New Member

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    I have what I believe to be a S&W Model 60. I cannot find a 60 on it anywhere and it is nickel plated. 1 7/8" pinned barrel, 5 round, .38 special. The number on the barrel bottom under the ejection rod and on the cylinder match. The serial number?
    However, a lower number (by 18,000) is on the frame behind the yoke and on the yoke itself.
    I am guessing that it is after market plated stainless.
    Any info would be appreciated.
    It's at the bottom of the pic. I think I should get a good book on Smith's.
     

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  2. Gatoragn

    Gatoragn Active Member

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    Model number should be behind the crane, on the frame.
     

  3. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Serial number is on the butt. Other numbers are assembly numbers used to keep pieces together in the plant. If it is a model 60, it would say that on the frame where the crane covers it when closed.

    The Model 60 is stainless. Have never seen a nickelplated stainless gun- ever. Very early mdl 60s were .38 Special, but soon changed to .357 Magnum.

    If I were a betting man, I would say more likely to be a nickeled Mdl 36. Here is one I bought recently- EDIT- possible high polish stainless gun- yours does not appear to have color case hardened trigger/ hammer of a 36.

    I have a copy of Standard Catalog of S&W- what is the SN on the butt?

    NICKEL 36 013.jpg
     
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  4. 25-5

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    The serial # is 46xxx, on the butt and barrel. It appears to be after market plated as the logo is filled in a bit. It looks like yours except for the trigger and hammer, which look plated.
    C3, if you don't mind, I have a pre model 19, SN K262xxx. 4" looks factory nickel plated. It's in the pic above too.
     
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  5. 25-5

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    I am putting my stuff in an excel file. For that day I get hit in the a$$.
    Neither revolver has a model number anywhere.
     
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  6. c3shooter

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    401754 is sn for the first model 60, so yours is way newer, Mdl 36 ran from 1 to 786554, in 1957, they gave it a number (model 36) stamped under the yoke at sn 125000.

    Mdl 19 started in 1955 w/ no number, and model number added in 1957. Earliest models had a 6 groove backstrap, later models a 10 groove.
     
  7. 25-5

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    Thanks C3. Done more research. It's a "Chief's Special" (pre model #) from mid fifties. Has a four screw side plate and pinned 1 7/8" barrel. SN in the 46K range.
    The pre model 19 has a 10 groove back strap. SN in the 262K range.
    Do you know a good reference book for the S&W? I've got a good milsurp library, but not for my revolvers.
     
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  8. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    The bible for S&W-

    http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_s...wesson&sprefix=standard+catalog+smith,aps,442

    Co-authored by Mr. Jim Supica, curator of the National Firearms Museum in Fairfax, who has graced the pages of our forum with his presence onct in a while.

    Also available thru Alibris-

    http://www.alibris.com/booksearch?keyword=swtandard+catalog+smith+wesson&mtype=B&hs.x=21&hs.y=23

    BTW, could not see the cylinder release on your gun- notice mine is flat rather than dished out- AKA "flat latch". That is also a clue to early production gun.
     
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  9. 25-5

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    Flat latch it is.
    Thanks again C3.
     

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  10. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Definitely a "pre-36". Nice condition for a 5 screw Smith
     
  11. KSDeputy

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    I just bought a new stainless model 60 to replace the original one I had and sold. It is great, will shoot .357 too, but they kick like a Missouri mule.
     
  12. Mongo

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    Put that pipe down!