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Inherited several guns awhile back and yesterday I was looking them up on this site and found everything except for this one. I believe it is old as it was my grandfather’s and he died before I was born. It is a 22 ctg serial number is 1793 8. I can’t find any letters on it anywhere. Open the cylinder and the number 72582 is stamped on frame and the swing. Any help would be appreciated.
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Welcome to the forums from the Wiregrass! It is a Model 1953, 22/32 Kit Gun. Your pictures don't show the entire sideplate. So, I can't tell if it has the upper sideplate screw (the one near the hammer). If so, it was made before 1955. With the low serial number off the butt, it was likely made in 1953 or '54.
 

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Yes, the flat latch was common on these guns until the early 1960's. .22/32 Kit Gun Pre-M-34 serial number 13040 was shipped in May 1955. .22/32 Kit Gun serial 22552 was shipped in January 1956. Pre-M 34 serial number 19404 was shipped in November 1956. As you can see from this, S&W didn't ship in serial number order. I suspect your kit gun shipped in late 1955. The only way to get closer is to purchase an historian's letter of authenticity for $100 from the Historical Foundation.
 
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Hey Guy, is the round butt uncommon on these with the 4" barrel. Most I have seen were square butt
According to THE Book, it could be either. I don't track these guns much so don't know which would be more prevalent. The 2" always seem to be round butt.
 
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