I just picked up a very nice S&W model 49, 2" bbl j-frame revolver in about 93+% condition.
I have a question of what (or where to find) the serial number is on this revolver.
It is blued, all steel, pinned barrel, and a 3-screw. The number stamped on the bottom butt of the pistol grip (visible with the grips on) is 588xxx.
There are also two other numbers. One is located on the pistol grip, UNDER the grips (toward the bottom) of the left side (the side with the cylinder release). It is 61xxx. This same number (61xxx) is also stamped on the cylider crane (not on the frame under the crane). That area is stamped "MOD-49".
What is the official serial number? The 61xxx or the 588xxx? The "61xxx" stamped number is about 1/2 the size of the "588xxx" number.
If I go by the 61xxx number for manufacturing date, my quick internet research puts in in the 1955 area.
If I go by the 588xxx number, the mfg date is late 1960's (maybe 1967-68?).
Could an informed Model 49 expert please help educate me on what the two different numbers are, and what is the true s/n?
Thanks in advance.
Got it for $350 (and 1/2 box of factory ammo, and the holster).
My s/n reference (scroll to post #131) Smith and Wesson serial number search - Page 6 - The Firing Line Forums