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    Need help determing age of .38 special

    Was given a .38 S&W Special CTG as a gift from a man who looked after me until I was 5. Gun was very rusty when first obtained, but after taking it to a local gunsmith for cleaning he mentioned that he thought the pistol was from the 1930s. Any help with a more accurate date would be most appreciated. Thanks.

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    Re: Need help determing age of .38 special

    Hello Matt,
    I think your smith has it right. That serial number and silver medallion stocks should put the manufacture date sometime in the thirties. Perhaps someone here has a lettered M&P with a serial number close to yours to narrow down the date. Did you have the hammer and trigger jeweled or is it just my poor eyes? I have one from the the twenties and it shoots very well.
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    Re: Need help determing age of .38 special

    The 1930s were not the best time for S&W and thus guns stayed in the safe waiting to be sold but looking to the data that I have access to I would guess that your gun was shipped in 1933. The only way to get an exact date is to order a $50.00 Letter from Smith & Wesson.
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    Re: Need help determing age of .38 special

    No, your eyes serve you well. The man that passed the gun to me had the hammer and trigger jeweled. Thanks for the info guys, really appreciate your help.

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    Re: Need help determing age of .38 special

    .38 Hand Ejector M&P's were made from 1915- 1942 in the SN range of 241704 through 700000. Hard to guess when exactly yours was made but mid 1930's would be my guess.

    Sales picked up rather quickly in 1940 with about SN 10,000 being made in 1945.
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    Re: Need help determing age of .38 special

    1932 TO 1933 is as good as guessing gets. WWII numbers begin somewhere south of 680,000 through 999,999; followed by all the V and VS prefixed "Victory Models". Commercial production resumed with an S prefix (ca. 1946-48), the next prefix was C.

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    Re: Need help determing age of .38 special

    Nice gun Matt and welcome to the forum.
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    Re: Need help determing age of .38 special

    Welcome to the forum. That's a good-looking M&P, and I concur on the 1932-33 dating. I have a target .38 M&P numbered just below 650000, and it shipped in mid-1935.
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    38 S&W US Service CTG'S Serial Number 90515 on butt and bottom of stock.

    What year is this from, I think pre 1910

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    Welcome to the forum. Yes, that is considered a Model of 1905, First change. It probably shipped in 1906 (or maybe 1907).

    I have 102653, which is several months to a year younger than yours. This one shipped in May 1907.

    Last edited by DCW; 08-22-2011 at 12:42 AM.
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