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Old 07-15-2017, 10:09 PM
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Just picked this one up. Love them N frames. The cylinder does not match the frame very well.
5 screws to boot.
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Old 07-16-2017, 12:24 PM
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Nice gun, it'll make a great shooter!
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Can't tell the frame / cylinder mismatch from the photo, I like it, that's my kind of gun in the condition I favor. Nice to look at , but not a safe queen.
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Do all of the numbers match: butt, cylinder, barrel, ejector star? It looks like a long action with a 4" barrel and could qualify as a "transition" model. More photos would help. The cylinder looks OK in the photo. Is it an S model, a partial serial number would help. Should be a great shooter, these are my most favorite Smiths. Enjoy!
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All numbers match including the grips. Here is a photo of cylinder and frame mismatch. Sn S750xx. Cylinder not recessed in keeping the tradition of not recessing 38 special.

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Nice. The sharp-shoulder magnas are very attractive. I think you added one x too many to the serial number. If the gun numbers below S76000, it would be a postwar transitional HD as Delta-419 suggested.Probably shipped in 1950, maybe late 1949.
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Nice. The sharp-shoulder magnas are very attractive. I think you added one x too many to the serial number. If the gun numbers below S76000, it would be a postwar transitional HD as Delta-419 suggested.Probably shipped in 1950, maybe late 1949.
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Very observant, yup one x too many. Sharp shoulder magnas?
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When magna stocks were introduced in the 1930s, there was a very definite shoulder line at the top of each cheek piece (which is S&W's own term for the two parts of a stock set). After WWII, when N frame and commercial K-frame revolvers began to be assembled again, that sharp shoulder was still there, but over the next decade the profile evolved to a more rounded profile and the sharp break in the upper contour disappeared. The profile is just a handy distinction for dating stocks that are otherwise very similar to one another.

The major distinction between prewar and immediate postwar stocks is that the checking fields in the postwar stocks have rounded corners, while field corners are angular -- even pointed, at the top -- before the war.
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