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    1905 S&W help

    I picked up an older S&W which I believe is a model 1905 but don't what change it is. I have a 1905 4th change-6 in barrel ser no.582xxx. this one has a ser no 340xxx with a 4in barrel and but does not say made in usa on the right side. Not in too bad of shape-sat in a drawer for years-very tight lockup and nice bore. It does not have the patent mark on the back of the hammer. I think I did ok as I only have $150 in it. I don't have my S&W book yet (Christmas present) so I can't look it up. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Best regards dickName:  100_0496.jpg
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    Serial numbers for the 4th change 1905 started at around 240,000. The SCSW reports that cylinders were heat treated on these at around serial # 316648. I'm wondering if this would make the date of manufacture of yours at just after the end of WWI, when S&W regained control of production from the government. Someone else will surely chime in with more specific details. I think the "made in USA" started at this time period too. The non medallion stocks are consistent with 1920's too. Nice find at a great price! I would think that you could easily double your investment if you cared to!
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    The book says the 4th. change Model of 1905 started with serial number 241704 and ended with 1000000. As stated above, heat treated cylinders started around 316648, so yours is "good to go".
    Yours is a good looking Hand Ejector. Nice grips!

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    That appears to be a 1905 4th Change, and for that price, and in that condition, you stole it.

    Unusual, it has no "Made In USA" marking on the right side of the frame; the SCSW states that some TARGET models had no markings, but most of the Service Revolvers did. I can't tell from the pictures, does the barrel have "Smith & Wesson" on the left side, and ".38 Special CTG" on the right side, or all that on the left, and the right side blank?

    Nice piece, GREAT price.

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    End of WWI (1919) to 1921 sort of maybe, without a letter. I paid almost twice that for its brother. Good buy!

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    Thanks for the replies. David The left side of the barrel is stamped Smith & Wesson--The right side of the barrel is stamped "38 S & W Special ctg". Did they make TARGET models with 4 in. barrels? I have so many questions that I'll just wait for Santa to bring the SCSW. Again,thanks to all for your info and God Bless and a merry and blessed christmas to all. Best regards Dick
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