Dating smith and wesson revolvers
I don't know of any standard production guns that started with two letters. This is where to look for the model number not used until around 1957. I cannot find a single comparable listing out there and just want to know some basics on it.The hunters pistol targets were one half the size of the international versions since the distance was half.
When I remove a sideplate which is pretty much never , I remove the grips.The ordered was never delivered, and a few thousand of these ended up in the general market. Keep in mind that many Smith and Wesson guns produced before 1957 did not have a serial number stamped on them.Originally Posted By familyman357: 586 no-dashes were made from 1981 to 1986. Reading the serial number is appealing for gun owners because the letters and numbers can reveal the year of manufacture and the rarity of the weapon. As our membership continues to grow we look forward to reading your stories and learning from your experiences.Looks like production dates for your 586 would range from July-November 1985. The front sight allowed shooters to zero at te four ranges and change quickly.Safety, New Departure or Lemon Squeezer Yours is a 1st Model which was manufactured from 1888 - 1902. Law enforcement agencies wishing to arrange for modification of L-frame revolvers should call 800-458-8469 between 9 A. Jinks would have Picked up on that by it's serial number prefix when you supplied him with it. A picture is a great help, as minor features changed over the years pinned vs. Mostly because the few people who get them treat them like collector pieces, which is really what they are at this point. You can try to contact their customer support by phone and see if they would be willing to help you that way. Any information on decoding these numbers would be appreciated.Before contacting customer support, 386, 586-1, pre lock.
In 1981, S&W hadn’t yet switched to the current frame-mounted firing pin system begun in the late 1980s; this Model 60 uses the familiar traditional “hammer nose” firing pin and the older pinned ejector star, and it’s one of the first Model 60s to omit the pinned barrel.
In very good mechanical shape with a reasonably tight lockup and barely any detectable fore and aft cylinder movement, the internals show a very light tune-up consistent with what a police armorer would do, and the SA trigger breaks crisp and clean at an excellent 3 pounds.
A collector likely wouldn't be interested in your gun due to its cosmetics, but I wouldn't sweat it. My suggestion would be to you to Shoot it like you stole it and enjoy it, it sounds like Yet another variation of the Model 586 L-Frame revolver to me, which are Great guns but certainly not rare.
Furthermore, some internet forums are filled with helpful and knowledgeable people that would be happy to help try to interpret the serial number on your handgun.
Initially the Model 60 was built with stainless small parts, but after finding those weren’t holding up with the stainless formulation and processes of the day, the company went to matte chrome finishes over carbon steel to maintain durability and still provide rust resistance.