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Picked up a model 13-2 4” in an auction, and trying to track down the ship date. As the s&w website doesn’t let you search serial numbers anymore. It has serial number 9D02xxx on the bottom. Is their any way to track down what police department these went to? This is my first wheel gun, and was is it common for S&w to proof mark each individual cylinder?
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Welcome to the forums from the cotton and peanut covered plains of the Wiregrass! Your M13-2 was made in 1981. It was exported to the UK as indicated by the Birmingham Nitro Proof stamps on the cylinder. There should be an importers stamp, perhaps on the flat area under the barrel where the extractor rod docks. It may be small. You can request an Historian's letter of authenticity from the S&W Historical Foundation, but I doubt it will tell you anything but an exporter agency as the destination.
 

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Welcome to the forums from the cotton and peanut covered plains of the Wiregrass! Your M13-2 was made in 1981. It was exported to the UK as indicated by the Birmingham Nitro Proof stamps on the cylinder. There should be an importers stamp, perhaps on the flat area under the barrel where the extractor rod docks. It may be small. You can request an Historian's letter of authenticity from the S&W Historical Foundation, but I doubt it will tell you anything but an exporter agency as the destination.
Found it! But it still looks like British proofing to me
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The British were odd with their proof marking. They were very thorough, to the point of redundancy. My 455 Triple lock, made in 1916, has the same stampings all over the gun.
I believe they stamped them when released from their service, not when they received them for use, but am not sure. I'm sure Guy knows.

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Nice examples of model 13’s. I bought my 13-2 used, circa 1979. It came with a Hogue grip and I have been trying to find out if it came from the factory with magna’s or pc magna’s. Anyone here buy a new one from the same era and know what grips they came with? I’ve seen pictures of 13’s with both. I see K22’s has magna’s on his in one picture.
 

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Nice examples of model 13’s. I bought my 13-2 used, circa 1979. It came with a Hogue grip and I have been trying to find out if it came from the factory with magna’s or pc magna’s. Anyone here buy a new one from the same era and know what grips they came with? I’ve seen pictures of 13’s with both. I see K22’s has magna’s on his in one picture.
magspop, the 13-1 pictured above is bone stock with target grips per the Factory letter. If that helps.
 
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