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S&W did not used a model number system until 1958
I believe it is a model of 1905, 4th change and 1916 sounds reasonable
 

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Welcome to the forums from the Wiregrass! Jonesy is precisely correct. S&W called these guns the .38 Military & Police revolver, Model 1905. The Model 1899 was the ancestor to the 1905 but had a significantly different design such that most parts are not interchangeable. A .38 M&P target with serial number 281785 shipped in August 1917. The targets often shipped later than fixed sight guns like yours. So, it could have shipped in 1916 or 1917. My bet would be on 1917.
 
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Thank you guys for the info.
Don't know much about these, it was given to me in a box of other leftover parts from a friend of mine.
 

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Since it includes a serialized firearm frame, make sure that you follow the legal procedure for transferring firearms in your state, as well as documenting the transfer and keeping the paperwork.

While not complete, the serialized frame constitutes a firearm.

Welcome to the forum.
 
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Hey 67,

Welcome to S&W.

You may be able to locate a barrel at Numrich or Jack First?

Later, Mark
 
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