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Hot Diggity
July 26, 2008, 21:07
Does anybody have a reference manual to identify the approximate build date for a S&W model 37? Serial number is 143xxx

Serial number has no dash, no letter prefix. It's a pinned barrel, serialized grip panel, black annodized frame model, w/ 1 7/8" barrel. I'm thinking late 1950's, but I could be way off.

Thanks in advance.

HD

BUFF
July 27, 2008, 02:18
Is the revolver stamped "MOD-37" or "M-37" or somethng similar on the frame in the yoke cut-out? S&W began model numbers (Model 10 through Model 76, eventually) in 1957.

Supica & Nahas's "Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson" shows 1957 production of J frame Models 36, 37, 38, 49 and 50 to have reached s/n 125000. 1957 to 1962 went from 125000 to about 295000.

I would estimate your gun was shipped about 1958-1959.

You can call S&W's customer service 800 number and they will look it up for you.

Hot Diggity
July 27, 2008, 14:03
Thanks Buff.

It's stamped MOD-37. '58-'59 don't make it a youngster, but does confirm that I can make a pretty fair guess.

S&W said they've got an 8-12 week backlog of info requests, but I'll request a letter from them anyway, since it is such a beauty. No need to rush.

I appreciate the research help.

HD

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1MOR
July 30, 2008, 13:19
I purchased a very nice 29-3 several years ago. I called S&W and a customer service guy gave me DOB, researched any safety issues and a provided a recommendation regarding max bullet weight. I was quite impressed! :beer: