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I'd like to know the approximate date on a M57 no dash, SN# S8195xx.

I picked this up at a gun show, paid a price less than I've seen the gun sell for on GB or Armslist. No box, no S&W stocks, and it has some sort of add-on ventilated rib that I like the appearance of, but would just as soon had a nice set of target stocks instead. It has target hammer and trigger, some very small scratches below the cylinder release that don't go through the bluing, and a tad of wear on one side at the muzzle. The cylinder wear ring is minimal, the gun locks up very tightly, trigger is glass smooth, passes the push-off test. I liked most that it's an earlier gun (S in the serial), it's clean and it's a .41 Magnum, one of my "unicorns".

What can the experts tell me about this odd rib? It's mounted directly on top of the standard sights, don't know how it's fastened because there are no screws visible. Somebody wanted it to look like a Python, I suppose.

Late edit: I misread the SN, it's S319xxx.
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SCSW4 lists S333454 as the highest S-prefix serial no.
Rib is kind of cool looking, gives it the appearance of a Python.
But...I like stock old S&Ws.
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nice gun but whatever this thing is, it has to come off. I'd look again for any hint of a screw, if not soak in kroil and then heat with a good shop heat gun carefully and see what happens. If this is glued or epoxied, it may loosen up some. I know I would not stop until this is gone hopefully not screwing things up as I go...good luck.
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SCSW4 lists S333454 as the highest S-prefix serial no.
Rib is kind of cool looking, gives it the appearance of a Python.
But...I like stock old S&Ws.
I misread it, the SN is S319xxx. You know how sometimes the numbers don't stamp very clearly. I'm with you, I would prefer the stock look, but I suppose it could be worse.
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That would make it 1968-69
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Never seen one like that. I'd shoot it first and if good to go I'd leave it. Probably change the grips.
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Thanks for the date info, I figured it was in the mid-late '60s or thereabouts. I looked at the "rail" under high magnification in my workshop just now. looks like some sort of heavy-duty silicone adhesive. With a fine pick, I can push in on the adhesive where it's very slightly built up at the front sight, and it springs back. Might be something as simple as Permatex. I'm going to leave it as-is for a while, I sort of like the look and whoever put it on did a clean job of it.

As for the grips, they are Altamonts and comfortable; I'd rather they were a different color, more of a brown than the black. I'll look around for a set of Alves target stocks, but I know it will always be somewhat of a "hybrid" since they weren't original.

Now, to find some brass and bullets, and load up some ammo. I don't care to have full .41 magnum loads, I'll probably load them to an MV around 1200 fps for a 210 grain bullet.

I'll get a few more "family" shots later, it looks really nice with my M19-3 and M28-2.
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nice gun but whatever this thing is, it has to come off. I'd look again for any hint of a screw, if not soak in kroil and then heat with a good shop heat gun carefully and see what happens. If this is glued or epoxied, it may loosen up some. I know I would not stop until this is gone hopefully not screwing things up as I go...good luck.
i think there was a well known gunsmith that mare the rib conversion. probably silver solder due to recoil. Sure does shine. Rubi must have polished that one
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Your Model 57 most likely shipped in the second half of 1969. The correct stocks would be target type made Goncalo alves without a diamond around the escutcheon and nut.

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