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Hello! I have an older revolver that I inherited from my grandfather. I've located the serial number on the bottom of the grip of the revolver (S 9190 see attached). Any help is appreciated! If any more information is needed let me know.
 

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You probably have what the Standard Catalog of Smith and Wesson calls a Postwar M&P .38. The s/n range was S811120 - S999999. Your S9190xx puts it in 1947; S9075xx shipped 5/47 and it was a 5" barrel.

The closest I have to your example is a 6" model s/n S9440xx. It shipped 11/47.

 

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Welcome to the forum and that is a very good heirloom. Fun and accurate to shoot.
 

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make mine 45 acp 😎
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yep as said .. the 'S' series K frames were produced at the end of WW2 thru 1948. They filled a pent-up civilian demand for handguns. They used the 1905 model 'Victory' series designs and often actual unused military frames and parts. These versions continued to use the long throw hammer design.. About 1948 S&W released their 'speed hammer' short throw design and moved to the 'C' serial number guns.

a niche for for 'accumulators' -
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ive since culled two - but am still missing 2 guns to complete the set - an original nickel and a late '48 'S' numbered w/speed-hammer design..
 

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long throw on a March 1948 Postwar
ice king wallpaper

speed hammer on a 1950 pre model 10


that little notch gives it away
 
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Awesome! I was really surprised that this thread picked up some traction. Thanks for the information. I'll have to take it out to the range sometime!
 

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You probably have what the Standard Catalog of Smith and Wesson calls a Postwar M&P .38. The s/n range was S811120 - S999999. Your S9190xx puts it in 1947; S9075xx shipped 5/47 and it was a 5" barrel.

The closest I have to your example is a 6" model s/n S9440xx. It shipped 11/47.

That looks pretty close to what I have. I really appreciate the detailed information.
 

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Awesome! I was really surprised that this thread picked up some traction. Thanks for the information. I'll have to take it out to the range sometime!
Be ready to smile a lot.
 

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My first six rounds with the 1947 Postwar M&P. The only shame with this gun is a previous owner sanded the original magna stocks smooth and someone notched in what appears to be a bone splinter into the front sight.
 
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