View Full Version : Colt and S&W wheelgun Date made?.

January 13, 2014, 06:47
About 25 years ago i bought off a friend two guns. First one a S&W 38 special 5 inch barrel patented dec 23 1914 Serial Number 8144xx looks like a per model 10? A Colt offical police 38 special 5 inch barrel serial number 5586xx patented date oct 15 1926 I would like to know when they were made? I just love old school workmanship :bow: I have never fired either one. Just safe queens i guess. I am guessing in the 1930s.

January 13, 2014, 07:10
If the S&W .38 is built on the medium frame, it's likely a Military & Police Model of 1905 4th Change. Made from 1915 to 1942, S/N range is 241704 to 1,000,000. So yours was likely shipped out at about 1938-1941.

January 13, 2014, 10:44
That's about right, Buff. As far as the Colt goes, it looks to be around the 1929 year. Here's a great website that I use a lot. Be sure to save it to your "Favorites" guys.


Click on "Colt serial numbers", then on " Official Police and Marshal".