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Old 08-14-2017, 09:57 PM
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I inherited a S&W 38, 5 shot, safety, hammerless, 4th rev., 6" barrel revolver with serial # 188327. I'm trying to find a manufacturing date and an approximate worth. Will post pictures, any help would be greatly appreciated... Thank you
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Old 08-14-2017, 10:03 PM
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I'm guesstimating 1902. No idea on value, but I'm sure somebody will. Book says 1898-1907.
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Old 08-15-2017, 01:46 AM
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Close serial numbers were shipped in mid 1905. That's no guarantee your gun followed suit, as S&W did not ship guns in serial number sequence. Assuming the gun is mechanically OK and all parts are original and the serial number matches on the parts, including the stocks, I would estimate value to be in the range of $400 to $475. A six inch barrel is a slight premium, but these guns are not rare. Ed.
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Thank you, all the serial numbers match and the gun is in good working order. Will probably keep the gun but at least I know what I have now, thanks again.
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Welcome to the forum. Nice old revolver.
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Thanks for posting oh yea and welcome to the forum be careful though I didn't start collecting S&Ws until my first visit here just like you looking information then I got hooked.
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Welcome to the forum. I wanna guess too, 1907.
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Thanks for the welcome mat folks and thanks for the info on my revolver. My father in law passed about a month ago and this is one of his guns I inherited. I'm definitely gonna keep it in our family, it's good to know what it is and what it's worth, thanks again...
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Welcome to the forum.

I'm gonna guess 1906 and 1/2....
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Following the discussion and possible dating, I would assume if my serial number is lower, it would be older? - as the gun in some old advertising suggest this is a concealable gun- with a 6" barrel? Possible a holster gun? Tomkaye@rxman.com

38 Cal "break open" with 6" barrel nickel, Ser # 83578 from the butt-stock. 5 shot . In researching this gun, the top barrel marketing are imprinted as-
" 38 caliber Smith & Wesson, Springfield Mass., USA- Pat Feb 20, Dec 1877, May 11, 80, Sep 11, Oct 2, 83, Aug 485, Feb 14 88,Apr 6,89, Jun 5 97
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