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Old 02-22-2024, 02:48 AM
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Hello, first post here. I recently came into this revolver from my late Great Aunt. It appears to be like new, and according to Smith and Wesson support it is a 1962 manufacture, that was engraved by the Performance Center. It has one small scuff under the hammer on the back strap.
I appreciate any and all feedback, I'm hoping to get it into the hands of a collector. It's too nice for my household haha.







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Welcome aboard!
I'm sure some of our engraving experts will be along shortly to offer their opinions.

The serial number should put it in late 1962, early '63. It would have come with diamond Magna stocks. Those stocks are at least 5 years later than the gun and not original. Factory stocks will have the serial number stamped on the inside of the right panel.

The Performance Center wasn't started up until 1990. I'm not surprised customer service gave you some inaccurate information. If I inherited that gun, I'd get a factory letter.
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Agree. First form in this link is for the letter of authenticity, which will tell you its exact age, shipping destination and most importantly if it left the factory as an engraved gun:

swhistoricalfoundation.com/letter-process/
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I'm certainly not an engraved S&W expert but to my eye that does not look like any factory engraving.
Oh, welcome to the forum.
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Welcome to the Forum. You have come to the right place for expert opinions. I am interested to learn along with you. I have a fondness for the Chiefs Special.
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Welcome aboard!
I'm sure some of our engraving experts will be along shortly to offer their opinions.

The serial number should put it in late 1962, early '63. It would have come with diamond Magna stocks. Those stocks are at least 5 years later than the gun and not original. Factory stocks will have the serial number stamped on the inside of the right panel.

The Performance Center wasn't started up until 1990. I'm not surprised customer service gave you some inaccurate information. If I inherited that gun, I'd get a factory letter.
The grip screw looked very clean, so I was somewhat hesitant to take a tool to it, but it sounds like a factory letter would be the best bet. I assumed they called it the Performance Center back then. How casually they stated it "appeared to be done by S&W" and your response gives me much pause, haha.

I appreciate all the feedback so far. May be worth popping the grip panels and sending out for a letter before getting too excited.
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May be worth popping the grip panels and sending out for a letter before getting too excited.
If you remove the stocks ...

1) take care not to bugger the screw

2) take photos of the left side of the grip frame -- looking perhaps for a set of numbers resembling 3 74 or 10 73 to show that maybe someone sent the gun back to S&W for work (engraving) in March 1974 / October 1973 (or whatever the numbers are, if they're there).

I'd bet it's likely S&W shipped your Chiefs Special in early '63.
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No such numbers that I can see, sadly.
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No such numbers that I can see, sadly.
Well, I'm not sure that's sad.

The five-digit number is an assembly number. You'll find the same number on the yoke (the hinge that rolls out the cylinder).

The other stamps are made by fitters or inspectors.
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Well, I'm not sure that's sad.

The five-digit number is an assembly number. You'll find the same number on the yoke (the hinge that rolls out the cylinder).

The other stamps are made by fitters or inspectors.
Very cool, I did see the yoke stamping as well. Learning a lot already!
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