Smith and Wesson Model 10 date of manufacture. I got it for my wife in about 1992. Late 1950 — Early 1951 S80,500 — S85,999………. Late 1974 — Early 1975 D750,001 — D870,000………Late 1975 — Early 1976 D870,001 — D999,999………Late 1976 — Early 1977 2D00001 - 2D80,000………. Here is what we found when these three. A bunch in the 600-650 range but no buyers.
Our Judgments During live fire testing, the Model 63 worked reliably with the three brands of rimfire ammunition we used. We work hard to bring the best gun discussion! I have been pointed towards this video which was on American Rifleman. Heck, if I didn't have one I'd buy it. Its windage and elevation adjustment screws clicked when turned. The lockwork was tightly fitted and well timed. I've got another granddaughter who'll start shooting hers this summer. The Model 63 is one of those little revolvers that beg to be taken to the practice range.
The courts mostly allowed these manufacturers to continue production runs, with a royalty on each revolver paid to White. I was scouring the internet for such a website but came up empty handed. It still can be a little tough to nail down a specific year without a factory letter, because Smith did not always produce guns in serial number order. That would put yours around 03-04? This model comes with adjustable sights, a fluted cylinder and a hardwood or rubber grip. Is this the gun's serial number or is the proper serial number located under the grips? It seemed this particular gun would take too much work for folks to enjoy using it right off the bat. However, at times, it was very hard to cycle.
Any information on decoding these numbers would be appreciated. I guess it's now a family heirloom. Try it on paper and if it's one that will not shoot to your liking take it to the gun show. Is there anyone that I can send photos to that may be able to help me? I have purchased a used Model 63. I am looking to trade something for this gun. While researching a lighter, more compact revolver to supplement the Model 617, an opportunity to try out an early version of the feather-weight Model 317 Kit Gun came along. You would also need to include the model of Smith and Wesson along with the serial number to get the correct answer to your question.
The profile of the frame was flatter a likely concession for manufacturing efficiency , and the hammer was now made in one piece. Nothing much larger than that, though. Beautifully balanced and producing almost no felt recoil, this full-sized rimfire serves very nicely as an understudy to the Model 686. It is still relatively easy to determine model and vintage at least approximately from serial number and other identifying characteristics such as caliber. Sometimes the serial number is here, especially in later models.
Also has the wide trigger and hammer, with black adjustable rear sight and red insert front. The serial numbers have no letters, it has a lanyard strap in the grip butt and Trade Mark is on the right side. The Model 63 is compact enough for comfortable carry and perfectly balanced for easy shot placement. This practice was continued well into the year 2000, tho' the numbers are not as elaborate nor as nicely struck. When pushed forward, it unlocked and allowed the swing-out cylinder to be opened.
Late 1955 — Early 1956 S150,000 — S175,999……Late 1956 — Early 1957 S176,000 — S181,999……Late 1957 — Early 1958 S182,000 — S194,499……Late 1958 — Early 1959 S194,500 — S206. This is a quandry with what we found. But the Model 63, with an unloaded weight of 26 ozs. Others have over-sized round light pipe heads that overwhelm the front sight's outline. Initial and follow-up shots were fairly quick. Speaking of sights, the system mounted on this revolver deserves to be praised.
It had a pebbled finish, dual palm swells and three finger grooves. I've got a Smith model 63 kit gun with the pinned barrel. We obtained five-shot average groups of 1. Pinned barrel guns were made from 1977 till 1982, so there are quite a few pinned barrel guns out there. When I find out more I will let you know. Could this be something someone has tried to restamp? Their method for choosing which vehicles they would break into was to simply locate any vehicle on the property that had some form of Law Enforcement, Fire Department, or Military-style decal on it. The Lady Smith was really nice.
And if you really want to have some fun, load it with. I bought it used several years ago and have put less than a 100 rounds through it. The excellent sights and the smooth trigger make it an ideal all-around. The features that easily distinguish the 1st issue are the flared, square cornered shaped grip also seen in the 2nd Issue , the small round side plate, the round profile of the frame between the back of the cylinder and the grip, a split articulated hammer, and the flat spring barrel latch seen in some early variants. There were a few small gaps between the sideplate and the frame.