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    Old Smith and Wesson Serial Number

    I have found this Smith and Wesson gun for sale. It is a .38 caliber, 5 shot, top break. Hard to tell the exact serial number, depending on how you hold the gun. If I hold the gun and look at the serial number on the bottom of the handle - and the barrel is pointing to my left the serial number is 60699. Does any one know the date of manufacture of this gun? I have attached a couple of pictures.
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    I think that it would be 1880-1884 probably close to the middle of that range. Your gun is a 38 Double action second model. To be sure of the number look at the back end of the cylinder. The serial number should be the same and the top is the outer edge of the cylinder.
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    Safe to Shoot

    If it is that old - would it be safe to shoot??
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    Looking at the serial number on the cyclinder the correct serial number would be 66909. Does that help narrow down the date of manufacture?
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    Either Serial Numbere you use (upside down or otherwise), I too think it's a .38 Double Action 2nd Model. The sn's run from 4001-118000 and the book lumps them all into manufacturing dates of 1880-1884.

    Many years ago I had a pair of 2nd Model Double Action 38's and I occasionally shot them........but that was some 40-45 years ago. I would not shoot them today.

    Also, you do realize that this is not a .38 Special.........it is a .38 S&W cartridge.

    Hope that helps,

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    Thanks to everyone for the help. I did go ahead and buy the gum.
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    HELLO SIR I think I HAVE A SMITH & WESSON .38 Double Action AND THE SERIAL NUMBER IS 25532 CAN YOU TELL ME WHICH MODEL THAT WOULD BE AND APPROXIMATELY WHAT YEAR IT WAS MANUFACTURED? IT HAS THE OWL ON HANDLE AND A LONG BARREL ABOUT 5'' GIVE OR TAKE.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gene18 View Post
    If it is that old - would it be safe to shoot??
    thanks
    Gene
    Yes , it is safe to shoot with .38 S&W cartridges. They are loaded to very low pressure just for these old top breaks.

    DO NOT USE .38 S&W SPECIAL CARTRIDGES!
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    Quote Originally Posted by smittyroo22 View Post
    HELLO SIR I think I HAVE A SMITH & WESSON .38 Double Action AND THE SERIAL NUMBER IS 25532 CAN YOU TELL ME WHICH MODEL THAT WOULD BE AND APPROXIMATELY WHAT YEAR IT WAS MANUFACTURED? IT HAS THE OWL ON HANDLE AND A LONG BARREL ABOUT 5'' GIVE OR TAKE.
    If it has an owl's head on the grip panel , it is an Iver Johnson made revolver , not a Smith & Wesson.
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    to the forums from the Wiregrass! ^What he said. It's not a S&W although it chambers S&W cartridges. Iver Johnson, H&R and other manufacturers copied the S&W designs profusely in the late 1800s to early 1900s. I would be careful about using smokeless powder cartridges with the IJ until you can do some research. Some of the top breaks made in the early 1900s were too mechanically weak to shoot the new smokeless cartridges and the manufacturers made announcements not to use anything but black powder in their guns.
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