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Old 07-05-2018, 10:11 PM
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Not trying to bud in here, the Kernel IS the master of serial#'s. The 17D serial# prefix dates to 1982-83.
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Thanks for the info. The guy I got it from is trying to tell me that it is from 1984. Is it possible that it sat for 10 or 11 years before it was shipped ?
No. Why would they when they can sell every gun they can make? In fact, the guns are already sold BEFORE they're made. Smith makes guns to fill orders, not on the come, 99% are put on a truck and shipped to the distributor with 24 hours of final assembly. Smith's customer is the distributor.
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Not trying to bud in here, the Kernel IS the master of serial#'s. The 17D serial# prefix dates to 1982-83.
Thank you for the kind words. I have collected a lot of data, but I've only focused on s/n's that begin with three letters and end with four numbers. I don't know much about the old s/n systems that S&W has used in the past. Like everyone else, what's in the Standard Catalog.
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My brother just returned my old (?) 4 inch, square butt, S&W Model 65-1 .357 Magnum, pinned and recessed, serial number 1D174** with “MPD 55” on the left of the frame above the forward end of the trigger guard. He’s had it for years and I can’t find my records for this particular revolver.

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elm creek smith,
Your Model 65-1 dates to about 1976.
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Luckily, S&W didn't mark up their Bicentennial guns! With the MPD 55 marking, I may need to letter it.

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I'm sure I'm doing this 100% wrong but I just joined this forum tonight and I cannot figure out how to start a new thread/post. I've spent two hours looking so I'll have to ask a moderator how it's done. I bought an older S&W .38 spl model 36, 3" barrel, and I'm trying to figure out how old it is. I read this original post and I have some numbers, and I apologize for likely posting this in the wrong place, but I'm hoping someone can assist me.
On the yoke is says MOD 36. Adjacent to that are the numbers 32955, and then there is a large G2 stamped under that. On the bottom of the grip is 175J20. Other than the traditional S&W stamp, Smith & Wesson stamped on the left side of the barrel, and 38 S&W Special (followed by three letters I can't make out) on the other side, I can't find any other markings on the gun.
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I'm sure I'm doing this 100% wrong but I just joined this forum tonight and I cannot figure out how to start a new thread/post. I've spent two hours looking so I'll have to ask a moderator how it's done. I bought an older S&W .38 spl model 36, 3" barrel, and I'm trying to figure out how old it is. I read this original post and I have some numbers, and I apologize for likely posting this in the wrong place, but I'm hoping someone can assist me.
On the yoke is says MOD 36. Adjacent to that are the numbers 32955, and then there is a large G2 stamped under that. On the bottom of the grip is 175J20. Other than the traditional S&W stamp, Smith & Wesson stamped on the left side of the barrel, and 38 S&W Special (followed by three letters I can't make out) on the other side, I can't find any other markings on the gun.
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Serial# 175J20 dates to about 1972.
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Greetings! Have been around for a while, foolishly sold a really nice 686 a few years ago and am stalking a replacement. I've come across a 686-6 that is also advertised as a "Distinguished Combat" model. The S/N is CTU2066. Has adjustable rear sight, rubber grips, 4" bbl and seems to be pretty clean. Does that S/N correlate to the "Distinguished Combat" designation and what does "Distinguished Combat" mean in terms of this particular 686-6? Thanks in advance!
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.... a 686-6 that is also advertised as a "Distinguished Combat" model. The S/N is CTU2066. ....
It would of shipped in....

January - February of 2013.

All model 686's are called Distinguish Combat Magnum. It's a catalog name, never inscribed on the gun itself.
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Welcome to the Forum,
Serial#'s for these are hard to pin down with the information available.
1960 70000
1965 108087

Your's is in there somewhere. I would speculate 1962ish, but without a historical letter it's just a guess.
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