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How to Use the Smith and Wesson Serial Number Database to Find Out More About Your Gun


How to Use the Smith and Wesson Serial Number Database to Find Out More About Your Gun




If you own a Smith & Wesson firearm, you might be curious about its history and specifications. One of the easiest ways to learn more about your gun is to use the Smith and Wesson serial number database, which can provide valuable information such as the date and place of manufacture, the model name, and the features of your gun.


The serial number is a unique identifier that is stamped on a metal plate on the frame of your gun near the trigger guard[^1^]. You can either enter the number on Smith & Wesson's website under "Support" and "Serial Number Lookup"[^1^] or consult the "Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson" book by Supica and Nahas[^2^] [^4^] to find out more details based on the number.


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However, you should also pay attention to the model name and the letter prefix of your serial number, as Smith & Wesson sometimes used overlapping serial numbers for different models[^2^]. For example, a K-frame Military & Police revolver could have the same serial number as an I-frame .32 Hand Ejector or an N-frame in .44 Special or .45 ACP[^2^]. After World War II, Smith & Wesson began adding letters before the serial numbers on its commercial guns, which helped to distinguish them better[^2^].


Some of the common letter prefixes used by Smith & Wesson are[^2^] [^3^]:


  • V: Used for Victory models made during World War II in .38 Special caliber. The V prefix was used from April 1942 to 1945.



  • SV: Used for Victory models with modified lockwork made in 1945.



  • S: Used for various models made after World War II until 1969, such as K-22 Masterpiece, K-38 Combat Masterpiece, Model 10 Military & Police, Model 12 Airweight, Model 14 K-38 Target Masterpiece, Model 15 Combat Masterpiece, Model 16 K-32 Masterpiece, Model 17 K-22 Masterpiece, Model 18 Combat Masterpiece, Model 19 Combat Magnum, Model 20 .38/44 Heavy Duty, Model 21 .44 Hand Ejector N-frame, Model 22 .45 Army N-frame, Model 23 Outdoorsman N-frame, Model 24 .44 Hand Ejector N-frame, Model 25 .45 Target N-frame.



  • C: Used for various models made from 1948 to 1967, such as Model 26 .45 Target Light Barrel N-frame (a.k.a. The Beast), Model 27 .357 Magnum N-frame (a.k.a. The Registered Magnum), Model 28 Highway Patrolman N-frame.



  • D: Used for various models made from 1968 to 1974, such as Model 29 .44 Magnum N-frame (a.k.a. The Dirty Harry), Model 30 .32 Hand Ejector I-frame (a.k.a. The Improved I-frame), Model 31 .32 Regulation Police I-frame (a.k.a. The Improved I-frame), Model 32 Terrier I-frame (a.k.a. The Improved I-frame), Model 33 Regulation Police I-frame (a.k.a. The Improved I-frame), Model 34 Kit Gun I-frame (a.k.a. The Improved I-frame), Model 35 Target I-frame (a.k.a. The Improved I-frame), Model 36 Chiefs Special J-frame.



  • J: Used for various models made from 1969 to present day, such as Model 37 Chiefs Special Airweight J-frame, Model 38 Bodyguard Airweight J-frame, Model 39 Semi-auto Pistol (a.k.a. The First Wonder Nine), Model 40 Centennial J-frame (a.k.a. The Lemon Squeezer), Model 41 Semi-auto Pistol (a.k.a. The Ultimate .22 Target Pistol), Model 42 Centennial Airweight J-frame (a.k.a. The Lemon Squeezer), Model 43 Kit Gun Airweight J-frame.



By using the Smith and Wesson serial number database and other online resources[^3^], you can find out more about your gun 29c81ba772


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