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    629-1 #'s on gun

    Helllo all I'm new to S&W guns I bought a 629-1 44mag ,I've been trying to look up my #'s on it and I'm stumped, I see the model # and other # above it but what are the other #'s near the cylinder here goes model 629-1 AFC54XXX then the other one's near the cylinder 544xx with F5 then a S sideways stumped. I'm going out today and get me the book on S&W today.Thanks you for all the help, this sure is a great place. Ned from PA.Name:  100_1198.jpg
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    If you are looking for the serial number the only true place to look is on the bottom of the grip frame. If you 629 has either target grips or the Hogue Mono-grip you will need to remove them to find the serial.
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    Big Ned,

    Welcome to the forum.

    If you get the Standard Catolog of Smith & Wesson make sure you get the 3rd Edition as it is the newest one out.


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    Greetings, BigNed!

    RD is right, the serial # is stamped on the butt of the frame, under the grips.

    It appears your serial # is also stamped above the Model #, in the frame area under the yoke, or what that OTHER revolver manufacturer (Colt) calls a "crane".

    The "54478" number is most probably an internal S&W assembly number, that they use "in-house" during assembly, and really means nothing out here. The "S" is a stamp for "stainless"; you'll see other stamps on older S&W's, too....."N" for "nickel" finish, and "B" for "blued" finish. When you remove the grips, you'll probably see an "S" stamped on the side of the frame of the butt, too. Maybe an assembly number, too, but the serial # is stamped on the bottom of the butt flat.

    If that is indeed your serial # stamped above the Model #, then your 629-1 was manufactured in 1984, probably closer to November of that year. Serial # range prefix AEV to AFJ is listed in the 3rd Edition of the Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson as November 1984.

    Hope that helps.....I know you'll LOVE that .44 Mag!

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