S&W Mystery

S&W Mystery

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    S&W Mystery

    Hello everyone,
    been reading on here for a while and finally got around to posting.
    I have a S&W revolver that I aquired today, and was wondering what it was.

    No model numbers, just the serial number 6149* on the bottom of the grip frame. Blued, 5-shot, and the numbers 13921 are on the inside of the cylinder where the model number on my other revolvers are. I doubt it is worth much of anything just would like to know what it is, and possible when it was made. Appreciate it.


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    Do you know what caliber it is? The approx. weight? Is it all steel or alloy?

    As it's a 5 shot, it's probably a J-Frame model 60.

    As for getting an actual model number, we'll need caliber, barrel length, and frame material.

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    it's a .38 special, very light (approx the same as my 642), blue probably steel, no +p designation. if it is a model 60 is there a company that makes presentation grade grips for it. having a hard time since it is a square butt.

    appreciate the quick response
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    I'm trying to remember when Smith changed the designation to the model 60, seeing as it is a square butt, it may be older than the model 60 making it a model 36, or some other model #....

    HERE is some info on the model 36.

    Check out HOUGE's grip selection. They offer grips for square butted J-Frames.

    Good luck in the search.

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    It won't be a model 60 since all 60's are stainless and model marked too. It sounds like a pre-model marking 36 or 37 Chiefs Special with square butt grip frame.

    Is the barrel marked .38 Special or are you assuming it's a .38 Special? The reason I ask is that there were pre-war guns made on the I-frame chambered for .38 S&W and it would be easy to confuse the two since the markings can be very small on the early guns.

    In any case, I'm not aware of anyone making nice aftermarket grips for a square butt J-frame, and if it's an I-frame gun then your search will be even tougher. Good luck to you.
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    barrel is for sure marked .38 special, two screws in the sideplate. appreciate the responses.

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    is there a pin in the barrel??? blue color, 5 shot, short barrel, should be an older model 36.
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    cool guys I appreciate it alot.
    this used to be my uncle's backup when he worked for lapd.
    I always wanted it and my grandmother just gave it to me as a birthday present.

    thanks

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    Is your serial number a 5 digit number? (I assume it is, if you are representing the last number with an asterisk), then you have a .38 Chief's Special, manufactured in 1955. It should have 4 screws in the sideplate.

    In 1957, the Chief's Special was re-named the Model 36.


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    Is there no model number stamped on the inside of the crane?
    Something like 36-1
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thumper View Post
    Is there no model number stamped on the inside of the crane?
    Something like 36-1
    The OP stated there is no model number stamped on the frame.

    There wouldn't be, since the DOM is 1955, 2 years before S&W assigned model numbers to their guns.


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    Since I have NO plans to get rid of this gun....family heirloom and all, I was wondering if there was any worth to this gun. Mechanically it is sound but the finish is pretty bad on the cylinder, but everywhere else is just as good (or bad) as my newer taurus 85. all the serial numbers matchj so I don't believe the cylinder has been replaced. Would appreciate any help you could give.

    thanks

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    How about a pic that would help a lot

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