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Smith & Wesson Military and Police (Model 10)

Discussion in 'Handgun Discussion' started by aforslund, Oct 17, 2011.

  1. aforslund

    aforslund Missoula New Member

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    Hi

    Long time lurker first time poster.

    I have an old Smith and Wesson .38 Special Military and Police. In the original box complete with the owners manual with a cop wearing a complete "Dudley Do-Right" outfit.

    I know it has less than 50 rounds put through it since it was my fathers and it lived in his closet until the day he died. 100% perfect shape.

    It is numbered "S 870xxx"

    What would the general vintage be?

    Is it worth getting a Certificate of Authenticity from Smith?

    I don't plan on selling it but a general value range would be nice. It is worth far more to me as a sentimental piece than anything else.

    Thanks
     
  2. FullCaliber

    FullCaliber Pierce County New Member

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    I say get the letter. I have a S&W Military and Police Model of 1905, Second Change. With my serial #139*** it was made in 1909. The S&W letter tells you when it was made and where it was shipped too originally. Since you already have more with your gun than most (box, manual, etc) the letter would be a nice addition. I recieved my letter in only a few weeks.
    As for your serial number, use Google :) My guess is 1950s.
     
  3. Key-Hay

    Key-Hay North Carolina Active Member

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    I have a S&W Model 15 that dates to 1968. Went over to Borders and found a book that had lookup tables in the back for all the models. I did not have much luck on the internet.
     
  4. aforslund

    aforslund Missoula New Member

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    Thanks.

    I tried Google already. And, have found very little serial number info. But from what I could tell. It may be earlier than the 50's. But since there is no online source for numbers like there are for 1903's, etc I am having a hard time nailing down even a three year window.

    Any other thoughts?

    The letter does sound like a good idea.
     
  5. gunnails

    gunnails Hillsboro Active Member

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    There is a Smith& Wesson forum out there I forget the name, Smith &Wesson something, but they could help you out.

    they have a mega thread on serial numbers there
     
  6. Throckmorton

    Throckmorton Florence,Ore ah gone Well-Known Member

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    smith-wessonforum.com

    smithandwessonforums.com

    either of these sites should be able to help u out. can u post a pic of that nice old shooter?
     
  7. FullCaliber

    FullCaliber Pierce County New Member

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    Found my cheat-sheet I put together prior to buying mine! Info was gathered from various online resources: Serial numbers starting "S 8" were made 1945-1948. Value at 100% $420.
    I was pretty close with my original 1950's guess!
    1899-1942 had no letter in the serial number. 1942-1945 started "VI" or "SV". 1945-1948 started "S8". 1948-1968 started "C1". 1968-1982 started "D1".
    Hope that helps. As most will tell you, the gun is worth whatever someone is willing to pay. Sounds like a great gun though!
     
  8. FullCaliber

    FullCaliber Pierce County New Member

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    And I forgot- that value code was online somewhere. However, at Cabelas in Lacey, they have some similar Pre-model 10s in their Gun Library... prices range from $399-1,200. I think added value comes from quality condition but also age and rare calibers. As of my Cabelas trip today, there are at least three guns to go look at. Pick em up, compare em to yours, and theres your value!
     
  9. aforslund

    aforslund Missoula New Member

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    Thanks again for the help.

    I will try to get a pic or two up soon.