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Old 01-19-2018, 09:47 PM
Hondo44 Hondo44 is offline
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Welcome to the forum.

You have a nice old war horse with tons of history we'll never know.

As you discovered, accurate reading of old gun roll marks and serial #s or even existence of them, especially on pencil numbered stocks, requires magnification, bright light, cleaning, to provide correct information about the gun.

Th best way to date all S&W firearms is from a good book; the Standard Catalog of S&W, 4th edition being one of the best, and on Amazon.

For an exact shipping date and authenticity letter, one can be obtained from the S&W Historian for $75.
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