This is a 1924 factory nickle.
Smith and Wesson told me it was. I also have a 1967 Model 10-5 that is factory nickel with a different font for the N.K22, how do we know your revolver is factory nickel? That little N on the grip frame does not denote a nickel gun, at least I do not think so. Mine has two letters there as well but neither are an N. I defer to your expertise. Thanks, Big Larry
So you are saying that blued guns pre WW1, WW1 and WW2 all had a "B" in front of the serial number? I feel cheated as I don't have any blued guns with a B in front of the serial number. I have always thought a B in front of the serial number indicated a factory reblueing of a gun. And I have K frames from the 1910's, 1920s and 1930s all blue and none with a B in front of the serial number. Amazing.K22, the official word from Dr. Jinks, is that the original blued guns had a B preceding the serial number under the bbl. and the original nickel guns had no letter preceding the serial number, so if re nickeled over blue, you can tell right away. This is on early pre war guns WW1 and WW2. Big Larry
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The gun I showed shipped in April 1941.Well, my SWAG on the missing 'B' is that S&W wasn't making plated guns in '41 due to the war demand and Lend-Lease was passed in March '41 but deliveries didn't start until Fall of '41. So everything was going into the bluing tank and later into the phosphate tank.