Ok, so I recently acquired a Smith and Wesson .38 special hand ejector and have spent the better part of 5 hours trying to date it. So, I'm going to be as specific as I can. Serial number 6688**. (That's right - 6 digits) Says "Smith & Wesson" on left side of barrel, ".38 S&W Special ctg." on the right side. On top of barrel "Smith & Wesson Springfield blah blah blah.... Patented Feb 6, 06 Sep 14, 09, Dec 29, 14". It has four screws over right side plate, and one in front of trigger guard. "Made in USA" on right side below cylinder. S&W logo/insignia stamp is big, and on the right side plate. Trigger has grooves, and the hammer has a sort of hollow pin going through it for the firing pin. Grips are non original. Blued finish. No special military markings or anything. I'm now attempting to attach some photos...