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Old 11-24-2013, 08:41 AM
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Default Smith & Wesson Model 51 vintage check

Hello there guys, newbie here. I have here a Smith & Wesson Model 51 that came from my Aunt. My Question is, how would I know what age/vintage of this good ol' handgun.

Serial number is 155xxx.

If I decide to sell it, how much would be the price? It's not in mint condition though... I'd say it's at "Good Condition".

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Welcome! It was likely shipped no earlier than 1965; these were not great sellers at that time and it might have sat on a factory shelf until a year or two after.

You definitely should remove the wood stocks and take something mildly abrasive (like brass, or very very fine steel wool plus gun oil) and gently remove the rust from the frame. This will hopefully take off minimal amounts of the remaining blue finish. If you feel qualified this is one I would inspect internally for rust by removing the sideplate.

If the internals are not rusty, I would guess this to be worth about $400. The external finish damage is hard on values. Hope this is helpful.
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