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Old 12-07-2010, 5:52 PM
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Default need help to id what year my smith and wesson model 10 is

i have a smith and wesson model 10
the serial number is 701x
anyone know what year it is
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6 inch barrel blued
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Old 12-07-2010, 8:50 PM
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the serial number is at the bottom of the butt

what does it say there?
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Old 12-08-2010, 12:06 AM
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The 4 digit number you've posted is an assembly number. The assembly numbers helped the people at the factory keep track of what parts went to what gun. The actual serial number will be on the butt --- the very bottom of the gun's grip. If it has grips that cover that section of the frame, you may have to remove them. If it is a newer gun, the serial might be elsewhere on the gun as well. The serial of a model 10 will have AT LEAST one letter in it, and will almost certainly be 7 characters total. (though fewer is possible). A model 10 WILL ALWAYS have either one or three letters in it. (never two, and if it has zero letters, then it actually pre-dates the model 10)

. Also, if you open the cylinder, it will reveal a piece of metal on the left (probably where you got the 4 digit number) Under, or above that, there might be a number along with your 10. Example "10-3 or 10-5" This is the model number. Let us know what that says as well. (SW added dashes after the main model number to designate model variations)
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Old 12-08-2010, 12:27 AM
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Here, in case I'm not up when you post.

Serial Numbers:
If it is really marked as a model 10, and isn't a .38 M&P, then it has to be post 1957. Before 1957, it wouldn't say "10, or Model 10" or anything like that anywhere on it. Since we are assuming it is a model 10, that is where I'll start the serial ranges.

If it starts with a "C" and has only numbers following the C, then it is pre 1968.
(If the serial starts with "C", but is C402923 or less, the gun actually isn't a model 10, but earlier.)

If it starts with "D" and has only numbers after the "D," the gun is from 1968-1977.

If it has a one or two digit number, and THEN a "D," and THEN some more numbers, (meaning the "D" will be either the second or third character in the serial, and all other characters are numbers) it is from 1977-1983

After 1983 the serials get crazy and will be in the format of three letters, and then four numbers. The ranges are SUPER tight here, as SW really started making a ton of guns then, and most models shared serial ranges.

Model Numbers:
If you find the 10-1, or 10-8, or 10-XY, you can narrow it down a bit further. These are model changes, meaning some feature or aspect of the gun changed a bit.

10 by itself means started in 1957
10-1 started in 1959
10-2 started in 1961
10-3 started in 1961
10-4 started in 1962
10-5 started in 1962
10-6 started in 1962
10-7 started in 1977
10-8 started in 1977
10-9 started in 1988
10-10 started in 1988
10-11 started in 1997 (probably not this or later, since your gun is blue)
10-12 started in 1997
10-13 started in 2002

Using these tables together, you should be able to narrow down a decent range of when your gun is from. If you post up the whole number (or all but the last two or three) I can narrow it down even tighter.
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