Accordingly, the Hand Ejectors have been divided into two sections - the Early Hand Ejectors include the named models introduced prior to 1958.The Numbered Model Revolvers are the models introduced or continued after that date, and are easily identified by the model number stamped on the side of the frame, visible when the cylinder is open. Sal Raimondi, Jim Supica, Rick Nahas, and Roy Jinks, the S&W Historian, for their updates and valuable contributions.V1 to approximately V39,999 were predominately .38 S&W Caliber (I have observed revolvers in the 1-40000 range in .38 special caliber). Below you will find some of the common stamps with links to examples. Revolvers that have the "S" marking on the right side plate as well as before the serial number on the butt have the improved hammer block installed. Post the V400,000 serial number range they are located on the underside of the barrel, back of the cylinder and left side plate.Serial numbers are located on Inside right grip, frame butt, Cylinder, extractor star, and bottom of barrel. Grips: Checkered walnut with medallion until early 1942, post February of 1942 they are smooth American Walnut with out medallions. Navy orders you will find no acceptance marks on the original two contracts they placed. The acceptance mark of Ordnance officer Waldemar Bromberg is located on the butt (to about serial number V145000). B.) is usually found an ordnance bomb and proof mark. D is found on the left top strap; The property mark was shortened to "U. If the "S" in the serial number on the butt appears to be machine applied this would indicate it was produced with improved hammer block, and that it was not added later or it would have been hand stamped. The later appear to be Army Supply Program contract revolvers.Factory special orders, such as ivory or pearl grips, special finishes, engraving, and other production rarities will add premiums to the values listed.
The ‘C’ prefix remained in use for those revolvers until C999999 was reached at the end of 1967. Meanwhile, N frame revolvers were given an ‘S’ prefix for the serial sequence.Tell us whether or not your gun has a VISIBLE Hammer.If you care, it is NOT called a Break-Top, Breakover, or Breakdown.If you will take just a few minutes to read below and then post the data we need, you will sometimes see guns fully identified in 10 minutes or less!If you post at 4 am Eastern time, you might have to wait 2 or 3 hours for the morning crew to show up, but there's a good chance a west coast night owl will catch it for you.Current manufacturer located in Springfield, MA, 1857 to date. to import, sell, and market all Walther products in the U. In 1957, S&W began a system of numbering all models they made.