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Recently re-acquired two S&W 5 screws, after last owning a Mod. 10 over a decade ago. I know the one is the run of the mill, Model of 1905 32-20, however the second, which I had always assumed was a model 1917, is now causing me quite a bit of confusion.

My assumption as a young man (teenager) was that this was always a M1917, due to it being a 5 screw and being marked S&W DA 45.

Tonight after doing a little research on the serial numbers for the M1917 I’m a bit confused, as the serial number appears to be too high for a 1917, but too low for a model 22.

It has matching serials on the cylinder, the back side of the yoke facing the cylinder, the underside of the barrel, and on the butt of the grip. That serial is 2088xx. Which according to some list puts production from 1909-1915.

Was hoping someone could help clear me up.

Gun has also been engraved for as long as I’ve known about it (30 years) and appears to be imported due to its IA CO SAC CA stamping both on the side plate side and under barrel (double stamped over part of the serial.)

Any help that can be provided would be greatly appreciated.

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It’s the same importer’s stamp that I indicated. Right side up from the prospective I post is the serial marked 2088xx. Then upside down for this perspective is the importer’s mark, IA Co SAC CA. The double stamping (overlay) starts at about the 0in the serial and runs towards the extractor support.
 

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Engraved and re-blued and is there a plate on the bottom of the grips? The grips are more recent and IMO need to go. Service stocks or Magna's would be better.
 

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No plate on the bottom of the grip, and the grips are not book matched nor are they serial matched. I can’t see any serial on the grips. I feel that they may be cheap repros.
 

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The Brazilian contract was furnished in two groups. Here is a simplification. The first in 1937 was built using commercial frames and parts and bore the Brazilian crest with the 1937 date. The second group was supplied after the war, 1946(?) and was built using frames and parts from the original 1917 US Army contract.

With S&W, never use the words never or always. It is safe to say that your revolver might have been in the second grouping.

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It’s the same importer’s stamp that I indicated. Right side up from the prospective I post is the serial marked 2088xx. Then upside down for this perspective is the importer’s mark, IA Co SAC CA. The double stamping (overlay) starts at about the 0in the serial and runs towards the extractor support.
Never pay any attention to a serial # except the one on the butt. Yours is made for the first Brazilian contract in 1937 If the serial # on the butt reads right side up with the barrel pointing to the right. It was imported by International Arms Company, Sacramento, California.
 
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