Re: Smith Wesson Top Break Dates
The 32 is a DA32, from your description. The grips aren't plastic, which hadn't been invented yet. They are gutta percha, also known as "hard rubber". Just so you know. By the SN you give it is a 4th Model, and was made between 1883 and 1909. In that time frame they went from 43406 to 282999. 240 thousand in 26 years comes out to about 10 thousand a year, and since yours is 90 thousand after the starting number, I'd SWAG it to between 1890 and 1895.
Your 5" one would be 38 S&W, and with that SN would make it a 3rd Model DA38, made between 1884 and 1895. That run was 119001 - 322700, for around 210 thousand in 11 years, making 20 thousand a year, about. With yours being 60,000 into the run, I'd SWAG it to about 1887 to 1890.
If, as I read it, those guns are Double Action Only, that would be because he single action notch is broken off the hammers. They are supposed to be single and double action.
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Last edited by Alpo; 09-13-2012 at 11:03 PM..