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The Smith & Wesson Historical Foundation was founded in 2007 by Ray and Sheryl Cheely with the major mission of preserving the paper historical records of S&W that are housed at the Connecticut Valley Historical Museum in Springfield, Massachusetts. Preservation of these records is critical to the collecting of S&W firearms as many of these records are used to create factory letters. It was decided to digitize and index these records in order to preserve them and also to make them "searchable" via computer. The period 1935-1941 was chosen as a place to start since Roy Jinks was quite familiar with the content of these records and they also cover the period of the introduction of the ".357" Registered Magnum that has become very popular with collectors.

I am happy to say the digitizing and indexing of the approximately 60,000 records in this period are now complete. The process took over eight months and cost approximately $217,000.

The S&W Historical Foundation is now accepting requests for letters for S&W firearms shipped during the period, 1935-1941. Go to our website at swhf to find out the process and cost. You can also learn more about our foundation and see examples of records that have been digitized.

If we research your firearm and do not find any records, there is no charge.

In addition, we are in the process of the raising the funds to digitize and index the records in the next period, namely, 1930-1934. The estimate to complete this five year period is approximately $220,000, so we need your help in raising this money. The website also tells you how to become a member of the S&WHF, or how to make a tax deductible donation as the S&WHF is a charity under section 501(c)(3).

The successful digitizing and indexing of the records of S&W will ensure they are available to current and future generations of collectors of S&W firearms.

Thank you for your interest and support.

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What is the normal turn around for a serial number search? Also what sort of communications should we expect?

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The normal turn around time is a couple of weeks. I am not sure what you mean by communication, but once we research your revolver we will contact you by phone or email and tell you what we found (if anything) and what the cost of the letter is. Once you decide, the letter is done within a day or two and mailed. You send a check payable to the SWHF for the amount indicated. If you have additional questions, please let me know.

We have had very good results researching Registered Magnums (using the registration number, not the serial number), but our success on other models has been less satisfactory. However, we will search our database using as many parameters as possible.

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. . . The S&W Historical Foundation is now accepting requests for letters for S&W firearms shipped during the period, 1935-1941.

. . . In addition, we are in the process of the raising the funds to digitize and index the records in the next period, namely, 1930-1934.

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Bill,

Are requests for 1930-1934 ship dates being accepted yet? I have a Factory Letter from Roy on M&P Target s/n 633616 that was a single unit order shipped to Western Cartridge in East Alton, Illinois on September 19, 1931.

Even though there are no inscriptions, the timeframe corresponds with the successful acquisition of Winchester Repeating Arms and I (want to) believe it was presented to someone instrumental in that endeavor.

I'm hopeful there is correspondence that may provide some insight into the special ordered ivory bead on the Patridge front sight and the lanyard ring that was obviously added to a finished gun.

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Any members out there who haven't availed themselves of this wonderful SWHF document service are missing a lot.
To actually hold information in your hand, and realize that it was processed 75 years ago, is a real thrill.
Bill Cross and Sheryl Cheely are performing a service that really 'fleshes out' those S&W's from the 1930's.
I just received several documents pertaining to the order, specs and shipment of a Registered Magnum, and I'm delighted with the results.
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Excellent. I have no S&Ws from that era, but I'm looking forward to when records from the '50s will be available.
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The normal turn around time is a couple of weeks. I am not sure what you mean by communication, but once we research your revolver we will contact you by phone or email and tell you what we found (if anything) and what the cost of the letter is. Once you decide, the letter is done within a day or two and mailed. You send a check payable to the SWHF for the amount indicated. If you have additional questions, please let me know.

We have had very good results researching Registered Magnums (using the registration number, not the serial number), but our success on other models has been less satisfactory. However, we will search our database using as many parameters as possible.

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I have only one RM, #634, and I know it has had the barrel cut and is refinished. I love shooting the gun since it is incredibly accurate and silky smooth. Would you invest in additional documentation from SWHF, on a gun that is not factory original?



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Terry...The documents won't tell you much more (if anything) about your RM, but you will have a copy of the invoice, order form, etc. Also, when was the gun returned for shortening of the barrel? If the date is in our database, I could search for those records. I will also need the s/n of the revolver.

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i too eagerly await when records from the 1950's become available...
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kennyb...Post-war records are invoices only as the correspondence has been destroyed. I was hoping for more, but that is what Roy Jinks told me and later showed me when I visited him a couple of years ago.

I am not sure what the status of post-war repair records is. That may be a separate project altogether, assuming the records can be digitized and indexed.

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Is there any estimate on when the records for shipments made during and immediately after World War I (e.g., June, 1919) will be digitized?

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Douglas...The records at the museum only go back to 1920. I am not sure where the earlier records are, or if any exist.

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