Smith dates, model numbers and SNs.

Discussion in 'Smith & Wesson Club' started by G33, Feb 15, 2008.

  1. Ok reporting on the findings of strip down and clean and oiling on the "new" 686-6 PP that I picked up the other day.

    It has not been shot other then factory, had my magnifying hood on and did very close 10x inspection of cylinder face, and all moving parts. It was a good thing I did pop the side plate as the gun was bone dry, so I broke out the Breakfree CLP and put a drop on all moving parts for now and will clean out the CLP for some synthetic oil in about a week or two. I want to test fire and see how I like shooting the gun before I put some real time and effort into getting the gun ready for regular shooting.

    I will say the gun sure is barrel heavy at front and if a keeper I may check into milling down the under lug some. But would need to look at a few examples to see how I like the looks and feel of a trimmed up under lug gun.

    Wanna kill these ads? We can help!
  2. Hey Chuck - can you check another one for me? :mememe:

    It's a model 19-6, blued, 4 inch barrel. Serial #BPE79xx

    It's an etched serial number...I'm thinking late 90's maybe? :dunno:

    Thanks man! :yourock:

  3. Per the SCSW, 3rd. ed.-
    "Model 19: The Combat Magnum" was produced c. 1955-1999.

    Model 19-6 was produced from 1988 until the 19-7 came out in 1994.

    According to the SN appendix, serial numbers starting with BPE were produced around November 1993.

    In my opinion, the medium-framed S&W Model 19 with a 4" barrel is one of the most versatile handguns you can buy. You can shoot light .38 special target loads as well as powerful .357 magnum rounds. The 4" barrel is perfectly balanced, not too long or too short. It's a keeper.

    Good luck with that,
  4. Thanks Chuck. I traded a VINTAGE model 10 for it, that was manufactured in 1960, according to the document that came with it. It was in absolute PERFECT condition. I wouldn't have considered it MINT, because it had been fired - but not by me. It was probably worth more ($$$ wise anyway) than this model 19, that I would rate at about 80-85%, but it wasn't doing me any good sitting on a shelf. My guns are ALL working guns. I just couldn't make myself carry that model 10.

    I probably coulda got a little cash to go with the trade, but I just swapped the guy even for the 19. It already has a little "character" so any and all scuffs it receives won't hurt as much.

    Thanks for the info Chuck! :yourock:
  5. I was recently given a 6 " model 19-5 unfired,by my elderly neighbor.

    What years were the 19-5 made?

  6. According to the Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson, the Model 19-5 was produced from 1982 until 1988 (when the 19-6 came out). The 19-5 is a fine weapon, and for it to be given to you makes it extra-fine.

  7. KYMike

    KYMike 9mm Apologist

    Hey Chuck,

    If Santa doesn't bring me a copy of the SCSW, I'll definitely have to order one. :) In the meantime, is there any chance you might be willing to check one for me, please? It's a 64-3, 7D77xxx.

  8. 1981 and I got my book for Christmas. :tongueout:
  9. KYMike

    KYMike 9mm Apologist

    You lucky dog! Lol. Thanks a bunch for the help, friend.
  10. gjk5

    gjk5 Pinche Gringo

    Any help on this one?:

    Model 19-3, 4"
  11. 1969 How is that?
  12. gjk5

    gjk5 Pinche Gringo


    Picked it up today. Picking up a M625 in .45ACP in the next few days, I got the revolver/lever bug bad right now.
  13. Lucky for me I have been able keep the lever bug away. :whistling:

    But the 22LR bug is about to break me. :wow: I will be doing some picture taking in near future of some nice new to me stff I have collected in the last 3 or 4 months. :supergrin:
  14. gjk5

    gjk5 Pinche Gringo

    Got another one:

    Model 15-4

    My mother in law asked me to keep this in my safe last year, it was her fathers. She gave it to me yesterday for christmas, it is pristine. You can barely see a line on the cylinder if you hold it just right, other than that; looks unfired.
  15. 1981 for the gun.
  16. gjk5

    gjk5 Pinche Gringo

    Thanks again!
  17. patman

    patman Large member

    Model 36,J18xxx.It has a pinned barrel which with what I've read means (I have no idea if it's true) it was made before 1983.Can the 36's fire +p ammo?
  18. Hey Chuck - I've got another one for you to check the "DOB" on.

    Smith & Wesson model 36, serial #J5282xx

    Thanks man! :dancingbanana:
  19. patman

    patman Large member

    How about mine?
  20. I wouldn't fire any +Ps thru it. As for it's age? It's a little older than mine judging by your "J" serial number and it only being 5 digits long. I'm gonna guess yours is probably around 1969-1970. Mine is probably a year or so behind yours (1971-73).

    We'll see what Chuck's book says. :supergrin:

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