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Old 03-23-2010, 02:04 PM
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Default Model 34 22/32 kit gun?

Hey guys! New member here looking for a little help on this gun I am thinking about purchasing. This is an estate gun that was owned by my friend's great uncle. It is believed the gun was purchased in 1955, but you guys can prob tell me more.

Has the original box.
Looks to be in beautiful, mint condition. I'd say 98 - 99%. I'm not even sure it has been shot!
Has the recessed cylinder and pinned barrel, walnut grips and 4 inch barrel.
Serial # on butt: 43,xxx

Based on the information above, can you guys put an approx date and value on this gun?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 03-23-2010, 02:46 PM
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Dang, that thing's pretty. Glad it's not being offered to me because I'd probably overpay for one that nice with the box.
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Old 03-23-2010, 02:56 PM
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Sometime during 1955 the 5th screw was deleted so if it has the screw on the right side by the hammer that's an indication. I can't tell you by the serial number. It's a fantastic looking revolver and I would buy it if you haven't already.
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Most likely model of 1953 instead of model 34. How many screws on the sideplate? Is it marked model 34 inside the yoke? What makes you think it was bought in 1955? The box date you see only dates the box version. Regardless, I would think $400 - $600. A little more info needed on this one and serial # would help
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Welcome to the Forum. That's a nice speciment of the Model 34 Kit gun, however the box is missing the spec. sheet, paper wrapping and cleaning kit. Those can usually be found on Ebay, if you want to complete the set. The gun is a flat latch version and was probably shipped circa 1959-60 era. Ball park value estimate, retail, is $500-$600, depending on where you live. Ed #15
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Thanks for the help guys. 1955 is just the date I was told, so take that with a grain of salt. I have only handled the gun once and I don't recall the # of screws on the sideplate or seeing "model 34" inside the yoke.

I will have my hands on it (prob for good!) tomorrow. After purchasing, I plan on getting a letter from S&W.

As far as value, we have $400 - 600 and $500 - 600. Is this about what everyone is thinking? Thanks again!
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I picked up a very nice Model 34-1, 4" round butt, yesterday without box/papers for $400 OTD. Mine dates to ~1975.

There is a Model 34 that looks NIB with box/papers in terrific condition at my local pusher with a $650 tag on it. It's been there 30 days at that price.
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The top sideplate screw was deleted in 1955 at approximately SN 11,000. That gun is probably 1957, right in the transition period for model marking. Does the SN on the box match the gun? If it does, what does the box say the model is?

The 1955 in the box is no more than the date the language of the message printed in the box was adopted. They must have been satisfied, because the same wording, and date, was used in all S&W boxes until they discontinued the message sometime in the 1980s.
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I bought a nickel 4" 34 in 99% condition without box and papers for 5 bills last Saturday at a gunshow.
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I bought a stainless 4" 63 in 99% condition with box and papers and cleaning kit for 6-1/2 bills a few Saturdays ago at a gunshow. And I`m very happy with it. And it shoots very straight.

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ok, a little more info.

The box does have paper. No cleaning kit. The Statement of liabilitu and warranty info are printed on the inside of the bottom half of the box. The directions for use are printed on the inside of the top half of the box.

The serial number is written on the back of the bottom half of the box.

Side of box says:
SMITH & WESSON
22/32 Kit Gun
Blue Finish Model 34
Round Butt 4-inch Barrel

Does say "MOD-34"

No Screw on the right side by the hammer

Thanks!
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The Model 34 is a fantastic little revolver and a great shooter. Mine is also a flatlatch model but somewhat 'younger' as the serial # is 757XX and has a Square Butt. I really love shooting it!

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Very nice gun. I just bought (last weekend) an early model 35. It was serial number 401xx and was shipped in May of 1959. I think the 34 and 35's were serial numbered in the same sequence. You have a very neat gun. It should be on the improved I frame (coil spring). The model numbers weren't stamped until 1957 so yours should be a bit after that. Mine has an earlier serial number and wasn't shipped until 59...but you'll find ship dates all over the place sometimes with S&W.
I think yours had to have been made before 1960 because that's when they became 34-1's. That's also when they switched over and were made on the "J" frame. Your cylinder will be just a bit shorter than if it were a 34-1. I'm still learning about these little 22's so hopefully I'm not spouting incorrect info. The box looks correct and is an early pre bangor punta script. I'd say you have a very nice acquisition...and thanks for posting the pics.

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So if I can get this gun for say $400 - $450, then go ahead and do it, right? That would be a pretty good buy, right?

Thank you everyone for all the HELP!
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So if I can get this gun for say $400 - $450, then go ahead and do it, right? That would be a pretty good buy, right?

Thank you everyone for all the HELP!
That would be a very fair price.
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I have a 34 identical to the one Anton Dee pictured. Serial 540xx that was shipped in 1962. It must have been sitting in on the self for awhile, as it was shipped 2 years after the 34-1 was released.

$400 seems a good price. They are a lot of fun to shoot as well.
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Buy it or let me buy it! I have a round butt and a square butt 34, and they are great training guns for younger shooters or women. You will always need a top shelf 22, and this is it.
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In my neck of the woods, NC, I (and every other S&W junkie) would be all over it at $450- like June Bugs on a Mimosa tree in August :-)
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I have a 34-1 with box that I picked up 2-3 years ago for $450. I would buy another one at that price, box or no, in a heartbeat!
Buy it, and post some more pictures!
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This is the 34 I picked up this weekend. What a coincidence! It has a nice box and instruction sheet. Serial Number 40xxx. Looks like it was made post 1957 but before 1960.







The grips are numbered to the gun and looked like they hadn't been off. There was verdigris on the brass pin in the center of the washer. Looks like I could have done a better job cleaning the medallions.
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