Smith & Wesson Forum

Go Back   Smith & Wesson Forum > >


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 07-08-2017, 10:32 AM
timspawn timspawn is offline
Member
Looking for approximate age on this one Looking for approximate age on this one Looking for approximate age on this one Looking for approximate age on this one Looking for approximate age on this one  
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: SW FL
Posts: 76
Likes: 5
Liked 54 Times in 27 Posts
Default Looking for approximate age on this one

Hand ejector
5843XX
38 S&W Spl Ctg
4"
Fixed sights
5 screw

I'm going to use it as my cast bullet shooter.

Thank you,
Tim
Reply With Quote
The Following User Likes This Post:
  #2  
Old 07-08-2017, 10:40 AM
Muley Gil Muley Gil is online now
US Veteran
Looking for approximate age on this one Looking for approximate age on this one Looking for approximate age on this one Looking for approximate age on this one Looking for approximate age on this one  
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: The SW Va Blue Ridge
Posts: 9,400
Likes: 20,177
Liked 6,257 Times in 2,635 Posts
Default

Welcome to the Forum.

Was this number taken from the butt of the revolver? If so, was there a letter prefix present, such as a C, D, V or K? If so, that is also part of the serial number.

If no letter prefix, it probably dates to the 1920s. Pictures would be VERY helpful.
__________________
John 3:16
WAR EAGLE!

Last edited by Muley Gil; 07-08-2017 at 10:42 AM.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 07-08-2017, 12:12 PM
DWalt's Avatar
DWalt DWalt is offline
Member
Looking for approximate age on this one Looking for approximate age on this one Looking for approximate age on this one Looking for approximate age on this one Looking for approximate age on this one  
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: South Texas
Posts: 19,935
Likes: 2
Liked 10,578 Times in 6,067 Posts
Default

Assuming there is no letter prefix to the SN on the butt, it would date from around 1928.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 07-08-2017, 01:15 PM
timspawn timspawn is offline
Member
Looking for approximate age on this one Looking for approximate age on this one Looking for approximate age on this one Looking for approximate age on this one Looking for approximate age on this one  
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: SW FL
Posts: 76
Likes: 5
Liked 54 Times in 27 Posts
Default

There is no letter pre-fix. Number taken from the butt of the gun. I'm going to get a factory letter just for the heck of it.

Last edited by timspawn; 07-08-2017 at 03:14 PM.
Reply With Quote
The Following User Likes This Post:
  #5  
Old 07-15-2017, 06:08 PM
timspawn timspawn is offline
Member
Looking for approximate age on this one Looking for approximate age on this one Looking for approximate age on this one Looking for approximate age on this one Looking for approximate age on this one  
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: SW FL
Posts: 76
Likes: 5
Liked 54 Times in 27 Posts
Default

I just noticed it has a "diamond" stamped on the barrel flat.
Attached Thumbnails
Looking for approximate age on this one-dsc_0019-jpg   Looking for approximate age on this one-dsc_0020-jpg  
Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Like Post:
  #6  
Old 07-15-2017, 07:19 PM
05CarbonDRZ 05CarbonDRZ is offline
Banned
Looking for approximate age on this one Looking for approximate age on this one Looking for approximate age on this one Looking for approximate age on this one Looking for approximate age on this one  
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Cottage Grove,WI
Posts: 4,137
Likes: 1,544
Liked 5,421 Times in 1,644 Posts
Default

For sure has been refinished,Maybe multiple times.The <> could mean the barrel has been replaced at some Time.If You look under the left hand grip panel You may find more Factory rework stampings.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 07-15-2017, 07:32 PM
Muley Gil Muley Gil is online now
US Veteran
Looking for approximate age on this one Looking for approximate age on this one Looking for approximate age on this one Looking for approximate age on this one Looking for approximate age on this one  
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: The SW Va Blue Ridge
Posts: 9,400
Likes: 20,177
Liked 6,257 Times in 2,635 Posts
Default

Looks like the grips have been sanded too much.
__________________
John 3:16
WAR EAGLE!
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 07-15-2017, 08:24 PM
timspawn timspawn is offline
Member
Looking for approximate age on this one Looking for approximate age on this one Looking for approximate age on this one Looking for approximate age on this one Looking for approximate age on this one  
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: SW FL
Posts: 76
Likes: 5
Liked 54 Times in 27 Posts
Default

There is an "S" and an "A" under the left grip panel.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 07-16-2017, 05:27 AM
Wiregrassguy's Avatar
Wiregrassguy Wiregrassguy is online now
SWCA Member
Looking for approximate age on this one Looking for approximate age on this one Looking for approximate age on this one Looking for approximate age on this one Looking for approximate age on this one  
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Ashford, AL
Posts: 3,123
Likes: 12,022
Liked 2,754 Times in 1,050 Posts
Default

I believe the "S" indicates S&W service shop. Don't know about the A. On the left side of the grip frame, there should be numbers stamped on the front toe like MM.YY (e.g., 10.35 for October 1935). That was when S&W changed out the barrel. It has definitely seen additional refinishing and outside S&W due to the overbuffing of the side plate. I wouldn't waste my money on a letter for this one. Should make a good lead slinger though.
__________________
Guy
SWCA #2629 | SWHF #474
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 07-16-2017, 02:32 PM
DWalt's Avatar
DWalt DWalt is offline
Member
Looking for approximate age on this one Looking for approximate age on this one Looking for approximate age on this one Looking for approximate age on this one Looking for approximate age on this one  
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: South Texas
Posts: 19,935
Likes: 2
Liked 10,578 Times in 6,067 Posts
Default

A letter probably won't provide much information of interest to you aside from the exact date of shipment and to where it first shipped (usually to a distributor or retailer). If it were in somewhat better condition, a letter might provide a little additional value for the cost ($75).
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 07-16-2017, 02:42 PM
ParadiseRoad's Avatar
ParadiseRoad ParadiseRoad is offline
Member
Looking for approximate age on this one Looking for approximate age on this one Looking for approximate age on this one Looking for approximate age on this one Looking for approximate age on this one  
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Colorado
Posts: 2,326
Likes: 6,313
Liked 26,825 Times in 5,716 Posts
Default

...if the barrel is original...probably would be one of the first revolvers using the LERK rather than the MERK...also seems to have later grips and a filed at an angle front sight...
__________________
don't try this at home, kids
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 07-16-2017, 04:33 PM
DWalt's Avatar
DWalt DWalt is offline
Member
Looking for approximate age on this one Looking for approximate age on this one Looking for approximate age on this one Looking for approximate age on this one Looking for approximate age on this one  
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: South Texas
Posts: 19,935
Likes: 2
Liked 10,578 Times in 6,067 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by ParadiseRoad View Post
...if the barrel is original...probably would be one of the first revolvers using the LERK rather than the MERK...also seems to have later grips and a filed at an angle front sight...
I wish we could get away from using LERK, MERK, SERK, etc. Discounting the Model of 1899, there was the mushroom-shaped knob used until about 1927-28, the barrel shaped knob used until about early1947, and the knurled rod tip beginning about early 1947 (however pre-WWII M&P snubbies always used the knurled rod tip). Why can't that terminology be used? It's less confusing.
Reply With Quote
The Following User Likes This Post:
  #13  
Old 07-16-2017, 06:28 PM
timspawn timspawn is offline
Member
Looking for approximate age on this one Looking for approximate age on this one Looking for approximate age on this one Looking for approximate age on this one Looking for approximate age on this one  
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: SW FL
Posts: 76
Likes: 5
Liked 54 Times in 27 Posts
Default

The gun was payment for me doing some transfers, so I really don't have anything into it. I'm trying to get some history on it from the previous owner. I'll decide on the letter after that info comes back.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Approximate age of 10-5 GrantA S&W Revolvers: 1961 to 1980 1 08-17-2015 06:35 PM
Approximate age of S&W 38 ktmccabe S&W Hand Ejectors: 1896 to 1961 5 10-21-2014 08:06 AM
M&P approximate age tshooter S&W Hand Ejectors: 1896 to 1961 6 02-22-2011 12:25 PM
Help with approximate value, 27-2? MAG-NUM S&W Revolvers: 1961 to 1980 13 09-01-2010 06:52 PM
Approximate value of a 25-9? fat tom S&W Revolvers: 1980 to the Present 4 07-26-2010 10:59 AM

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3
smith-wessonforum.com tested by Norton Internet Security smith-wessonforum.com tested by McAfee Internet Security

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 01:15 PM.


S-W Forum, LLC 2000-2015
Smith-WessonForum.com is not affiliated with Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select: SWHC)