N Frame serial numbers ran from 1970 -1983. Is this is one of the first 66's made? The Model 39 usually has an aluminum alloy frame. It has a lot of info that might be of interest to many of you. I got it for my wife in about 1992. . The video is slightly less specific about the Victory Model but is interesting.
Sometimes the serial number is here, especially in later models. Do have a digital camera and the software for the computer but just haven't fooled with it yet. Then while the cylinder is still swung out, look at the flat on the underside of the barrel. Finding information about guns older than this typically requires expert assistance. Is there anyone that I can send photos to that may be able to help me? My gun is a bit older, s. Make sure you are researching the correct number Years ago someone posted about this on this forum. By the way this revolver is either brushed nickle or stainless and in very good condition.
I have been pointed towards this video which was on American Rifleman. That wasn't the original title of the thread. Hammerdown Hello Ballbearing Not to Tinkle on your Corn Flake's here, but they made a Boat Load of Model 66's. If you open the cylinder and look on the frame in the yoke cut, you can find out for sure. That number looks to me to be composed of little dots as opposed to a stamped number.
I have the first edition of the book if it is something older than ten years ago, I'd be glad to look it up. This revolver has probably been refinished since leaving the factory as there are only 5 known satin nickel Model 28 revolvers. I talked to Roy with smith and Wesson and he told me it would've left the factory in May of 1904. Not looking for value as it is sentimental. The old guns without the serial numbers are the ones that can be a little trickier. Your gun would have been manufactured in 1980.
The guys at the Smith and Wesson forum are great and always ready to help out. You may have a bare metal spot when done but you can either touch it up or keep it well oiled. Also, if I could determine what year it was built, that would be a bonus. We're both curious as to when they were made. You question it like you're not sure you read it correctly.
For those Smith Wesson with serial numbers, see the pictures below to find where to look. This is a quandry with what we found. Now here is one you don't come across every day it is a First Year 1935 Registered Magnum one of only 720 Built the very first year and it shipped on December 13,1935 I suppose as a Christmas Present. I haven't seen it, he sent me a pic but it didn't come out so I asked for another. It still can be a little tough to nail down a specific year without a factory letter, because Smith did not always produce guns in serial number order. My 32 long ctg revolver with serial number 29223 was made in 1904. It is still relatively easy to determine model and vintage at least approximately from serial number and other identifying characteristics such as caliber.
Don't know about the internet, but I have a book. Colt seemed to start with serial number one and keep them in order. It only takes a few seconds. Nah, I'm just going to shoot it. Mine is a 686+, and his is a Model 66, both are. Be aware that the original box and wrapper increases the value.
Thanks for your web site! The other numbers on the gun are all manufacting assembly or inspection codes. Keep in mind that Smith and Wesson only began using serial numbers in 1907, decades after the company began manufacturing firearms. When I find out more I will let you know. I have read that A suffix may well indicate a duplicate number, however, I have not ever examined an A suffix that did not have numbered slide and barrel or similar indications of a repaired gun. I think the later replaces the former. It has never been fired since I have owned it.