Old smith wesson serial number dating
The observations made here are not the final work on the Model 2 Army.Indeed they are only a beginning, but hopefully they will be a stepping stone to enable the next student to do a better job. Kittridge & Co., Cincinnati, Ohio" on the left side of the barrel. Recorded serial range 10627 - 40044 This type is the same as type 3 except for an increase in the size of the serial number stamps. Recorded serial range 37188 - 59680 This variation appears to be an attempt at economy as the final milling cut on the breech face was eliminated.Recently bought a new 9L, serial HAF57XX, which had test fire date of September 27, 2012 and date code on the box (2269) is September 26, 2012.
This assembly number will be the same or, if it is a mismatched gun, the serial numbers will be on the butt and on the inside of the right grip.marking mentioned above and markings put on for the foreign agents, (Crane and Nunn sales agents in England, Fd.Claudin Prevete A Paris in France, BBNA- British Bank of North America, etc).Unfortunately, the Smith & Wesson factory records for this period are incomplete and do not give a comprehensive picture of production. Although these revolvers remained basically the same throughout production, many minor variations were introduced. Barrel lengths are usually 6" and the lowest 5 " noted is #173. Note the overlap in serial numbers between this and Type 2. The new die, although the same length as the previous one, has slightly taller letters.The first delivery of #2s was made on June 22, 1861, a shipment of three revolvers with 6 inch barrels to J. An easy way to spot the new die is the absence of the period after "Smith" which was present in the old die, It is interesting to watch the breaking up of the old die.