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I need a date for an ORIGINAL S&W Model 40....

Discussion in 'Smith & Wesson Club' started by Thick45, Apr 12, 2010.

  1. Thick45


    Apr 8, 2005
    Bartlett, TN
    I just picked up an original Smith & Wesson Model 40 Centennial .38 Spl...which some refer to as a 'Lemon Squeezer' (although that terminology can be applied to some of their earlier revolvers.

    At any rate, this one is blued, has a flat latch, it's pinned, and has the original (smooth!) grips....very nice indeed. The s.n. is 212XX

    Any help will be GREATLY appreciated.

    Last edited: Apr 12, 2010
  2. Glock 17L

    Glock 17L *GLOCKAHOLIC*

    Jan 19, 2004
    Louisville Kentucky
    I had a Pre-40 serial # 248 & it was made in 1953..
    This gun had four sideplate screws & still had the pin in the grip in the stash spot to deactivate the grip safety..
    S&Ws "Centennial" year was 1952 & that pistols frame shape was named after that..
    The M42 was the same except it was an Airweight..

    You'll have to contact S&W to be sure but would guess 1953-1954

    Here's a pic of the one I had, on the right on the red gunrug..
    The rest are S&Ws & Ruger SP101s
    Last edited: Apr 13, 2010

  3. LSU Snapperhead

    LSU Snapperhead

    Jun 3, 2009
    I am no expert, but, is the model number 40 stamped on frame behind the yoke? This started in 1957. If not then your revolver is an original centennial made between 1952-1957. If the model number is stamped, then it dates between 1957 and 1966 when the flat latch was changed. Post a pic, we love pics..
    Last edited: Apr 15, 2010
  4. Thick45


    Apr 8, 2005
    Bartlett, TN
    Thanks for the info....I will post some pics next week...:)