Re: Smith Wesson Top Break Dates
By the serial number and description, the first is a .32 Safety Model (concealed hammer) Double Action, Second Model, made between 1902 and 1909.
The second, if .38 caliber, is a .38 Safety Model (concealed hammer) Double Action, Fourth Model, made between 1898 and 1907. Your gun was made after 1 Jan 1899 which means it is not legally an antique under Federal law.
Those guns were called "Safety Models" because the combination of a hard trigger pull and a grip safety prevented accidental firing by children and the concealed hammer prevented the gun from firing if it were dropped on the hammer.
I don't necessarily disagree with Alpo, but S&Ws were well made and firing a few rounds of modern ammo won't harm them, but continued use is not advisable.
Last edited by Jim K; 09-14-2012 at 01:23 PM..