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Old 01-08-2013, 05:23 PM
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I'm trying to find out the manufacture date of a S&W Model DA 45 N Frame. I believe it may be a .45 Long Colt model. It bears a serial number of 173264. It has a 5" barrel, fixed sights and is nickel plated with imitation bone grips.

Any help with this info and possible value with some extensive wear. Maybe at 70% level as far as wear.
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Old 01-08-2013, 05:46 PM
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Welcome! If the left barrel is stamped "D.A. .45" and the gun is original, it is probably a commercial 1917 Army .45 ACP revolver. You should see the number you quoted on the bottom of the grip frame (without "U.S. Army Model of 1917", as the military guns would have had), the rear cylinder face, and the barrel flat near the ejector rod. Not many of this model were converted to the rimmed .45 Colt, since .45 ACP was/is much more commonly available.

These were all originally blued, so a nickel one would have been refinished. Photos would be helpful here for a full ID. Hope this is helpful.

Edited to add - Skeetr57 is correct, the military 1917s ended in the 169000 SN range. My apologies for posting incorrect info previously.
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That serial number places the gun into the commercial Model of 1917 range, and so far as I can tell, all of those guns were chambered in .45 ACP. There were some .44 HE second models chambered in .45 Colt, but I believe that their SN's would be only 5 digits. A 1917 can't just have the chambers reamed to change it to .45 Colt because the excess headspace would cause many, if not all, cartridges to misfire. A change of cylinders would be required to make that caliber change.
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Hello, I have a 1917 S&W. Check the ser# it was made in 1918. Ser# is 121xxx. My guestion is what does RX stand for, frame and cylinder match. Numbers inside yoke and frame also match is this standard. Thanks
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It might be better if you started your own thread for your question. NO idea what RX means as far as S&W handguns go. It means a prescription in pharmacy terms. Yes it is standard for the assembly numbers in the yoke and the cylinder, barrel and frame serial numbers to match.
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