For those Smith Wesson with serial numbers, see the pictures below to find where to look. Greatest Handguns of the World Krause Publications, Inc. Crane and Crane recess are also serial numbered to each other, but this is a different number then the revolvers serial number and is correct for Victory model revolvers. It is one of several models of J-frame revolvers. The one behind the trigger also has a rounded head while the one underneath the grip panel has a flat head.
The video is slightly less specific about the Victory Model but is interesting. If the grips are original to the gun, and have a diamond around the screw, then it was produced prior to 1968, when these were discontinued. Below you will find some of the common stamps with links to examples. I thought these were neet examples of classic snubbies from the 60's. Thankfully, most people will probably have a newer gun with the serial numbers, and it should be relatively easy to get more background information using that number. We work hard to bring the best Firearms Forum has to offer! From approximately V300000 to end of production G. The Victory Model Smith and Wesson.
In 1952, at serial number 21,342, a square-butt option was offered. Note: You can find all kinds of variations, with additional war and post war markings. V1 to approximately V39,999 were predominately. Directory showing all pages on this website. Hellstrom realized his company was losing ground to the Detective Special. It has never been fired since I have owned it. Production was interrupted by the second world war.
The barrel release is not the older flat from what I can tell but curved. When I find out more I will let you know. The gun on the right is a 66-2 that was made in 1985. Thanks PizzaBob you brought up the point that I found - the numbers just don't make any sense. Late 1950 — Early 1951 S80,500 — S85,999………. It was easily capable of penetrating the automobile bodies and body armor of that era. The Colt Detective Special is gone but not forgotten, as is the , but the diminutive J-frame snubnose remains one of the most popular personal defense handguns in the world.
The Terrier became the Model 32, and so on. The question of using modern +p ammunition in these old revolvers often comes up. Any info would be greatly appreciated. These countries include the Union of South Africa 21,347 , Canada 45,328 , and Australia 8,000. If someone has access to serial numbers for smith and could date it For me I would appreciate it.
In one known example a gun with serial S136431 was not shipped until June of 1958. Adjustable sights and 3-inch barrels are occasionally encountered. Late 1955 — Early 1956 S150,000 — S175,999……Late 1956 — Early 1957 S176,000 — S181,999……Late 1957 — Early 1958 S182,000 — S194,499……Late 1958 — Early 1959 S194,500 — S206. The serial numbers that I found on the internet do not make sense with the numbers that I am finding. Late 1949 — Early 1950 S75,000 — S80,499………. Use a screwdriver which is made for that size screw to not scratch or otherwise affect the value of the gun. The smith has a 423,5xx number on the but of the grips but has the matching 78,xxx number under the grips on the same piece of metal.
I have a 36 that by this was made in 1957. The one on the right doesn't have a pin. Serial numbers are located on Inside right grip, frame butt, Cylinder, extractor star, and bottom of barrel. Victory model 38 Special — 352,000 shipped to the Army and Navy. Come for the info, stay and make some friends.
Would appreciate input from those in the know. It has a lot of info that might be of interest to many of you. The Chiefs Special J-frame was developed from the very popular. The Chiefs Special became the Model 36. Ordnance acceptance marks: The acceptance mark varies with the particulars of the order placed. For years its only competition was the Colt Detective Special. Assuming steady production levels from the start of the 36 in 1951, That would put mine at '57 or '58.
I am confident it is an early model, but things are not adding up. . The plate will magically pop out and can be removed. Need some help from the Smith and Wesson guru's. Army Ordnance through the lend lease program to Britain for distribution.
These older guns will take a little more effort to find out their history. Even with the recent advent of ultra-compact handguns, the remains an extremely popular pocket revolver. It was available in either a blued or nickel-plated finish. I will be getting some original grips for the smith, I would assume the wood diamond grips would be appropriate for this model. They will usually have no property marks.