A cryptic invitation from Weatherby arrived in my inbox a week before the start of the SHOT Show. It read: “This news only happens once in a generation.” Managing Editor Joe Kurtenbach speculated the California company might be moving out of, well, California. I thought it was something a little more mundane, perhaps a new Vanguard version in FDE. Either that or Connor Weatherby was taking...Source: www.americanrifleman.org
The Smith & Wesson company was formed in 1852, in Norwich, Connecticut. The company's first offering was a lever-action repeating pistol. Moving forward from those beginnings, Smith & Wesson shaped innovations in the manufacturing of modern handguns. As of March 2011, Smith & Wesson offers ...
Smith and Wesson Serial Number Date of Manufacture J Frame Revolver Lookup. For models 36, 37, 38, 49, 50 and pre model number versions. 1950 = start at 1 1952 = 7369 - 21342 1953 = 28916 1955 = 55050 - 75000 1957 = 117770 - 125000 1962 = starts at 295000 1969 = ends at 786544 J serial Prefix serial numbers. For models 36, 37, 38, 49, 50.
Dating a Smith & Wesson Revolver: This list is merely a general guide and not meant to be exact. There is some dispute regarding the dates on some serial numbers. Your gun may actually be a year off from what is listed. The precise shipping date as "lettered" can be several years off depending on model.
The number indicates the date of manufacture - the first number is the year and the next three numbers are the day. It is assumed that you know the decade of manufacture. My M&P reads 3017 - the 017th day of 2013 - January 17, 2013.
Smith & Wesson trying to get idea of date or info. Great grandads gun. Only has 5 numbers on bottom of handle, 81199 . Feels like handle is rounded. and 5 in barrel. six shots. Can see it says smith and Wesson Springfield Massachusetts USA. fixed solid sites Chrome plated and black looking handle. Also can make out ctg's