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    Help with S&W M28 Date

    I just purchased a S&W Model 28-2. It is as new. Just gorgeous.

    I would appreciate knowing when it was originally manufactured. Serial number is N580x. Can anyone be of assistance with a date?

    Thanks!

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    From another gun board (red emphasis mine):

    http://www.thefiringline.com/forums/....php?p=3072016

    Date that S&W
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Pre-War N frame.

    Year/Beginning Serial

    1908….. 1-------------1926….. 25000
    1909….. 2050----------1927….. 28500
    1910….. 5000----------1928….. 29500
    1911….. 7050----------1929….. 30000
    1912….. 9100----------1930….. 34000
    1913….. 11150---------1931….. 36000
    1914….. 13200---------1932….. 38375
    1915….. 15250---------1933….. 41200
    1916….. 15500---------1934….. 43350
    1917….. 16000---------1935….. 45500
    1918-1919 None--------1936….. 47200
    1920….. 16200---------1937….. 48700
    1921….. 16300---------1938….. 52000
    1922….. 18400---------1939….. 57200
    1923….. 19600---------1940….. 59000
    1924….. 20800---------1941….. 62350
    1925….. 22000---------1942-1945 None

    Post-War S Series N frames:

    S62,489 – S67,999……..1946 - Early 1947
    S68,000 – S71,999……….Late 1947 – Early 1948
    S72,000 – S72,499……….Late 1948 - Early 1949
    S72,500 – S74,999……….Late 1949 – Early 1950
    S75,000 – S80,499……….Late 1950 – Early 1951
    S80,500 – S85,999……….Late 1952 – Early 1952
    S86,000 – S94,999…….…Late 1952 – Early 1953
    S95,000 – S102,999…….Late 1953 – Early 1954
    S103,000 – S139,999……Late 1954 – Early 1955*
    S140,000 – S149,999….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 – S206.999……Late 1959 – Early 1960
    S207,000 – S219,999……Late 1960 – Early 1961
    S220,000 – S227,999……Late 1961 – Early 1962
    S228,000 – S231,999……Late 1962 – Early 1963
    S232,000 – S235.999……Late 1963 – Early 1964
    S236,000 – S257,999……Late 1964 – Early 1965
    S258,000 – S261,999……Late 1965 – Early 1966
    S262,000 – S289,999……Late 1966 – Early 1967
    S290,000 – S304,999……Late 1967 – Early 1968
    S305,000 – S329,999……Late 1968 – Early 1969
    S330,000 – S333,454……Late 1969 – Early 1970

    *Note that a number of N frames with serials in the S138000-S140000 range (and the range may be wider either way) are seen that were shipped much later than the serial would suggest should be the case. In one known example a gun with serial S136431 was not shipped until June of 1958. It's possible that a large block of serial numbers that appear to be from 1954-55 were not actually used until 1957-58. It at least one case a gun has a 5-screw serial and was built as a 4-screw gun.


    N Series N Frames:

    N1 – N60,000………….......1970-72
    N60,001 – N 190,000…...1972-74
    N190,001 – N430,000…...1975 – 77
    N430.001 – N 550,000…..1978
    N550,001 – N580,000….. 1979
    N580,001 – N790,000…...1980
    N790,001 – N932,999...…1980-83

    *Note that a number of N frames with serials in the S138000-S140000 range (and the range may be wider either way) are seen that were shipped much later than the serial would suggest should be the case. In one known example a gun with serial S136431 was not shipped until June of 1958. It's possible that a large block of serial numbers that appear to be from 1954-55 were not actually used until 1957-58. It at least one case a gun has a 5-screw serial and was built as a 4-screw gun.

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    Thanks DJ Niner. This is great information. I appreciate your taking the time to post all of the serial number information. Looks as if the new one (to me) was manufactured between 1970-1972 WOW!

    I also found my other M28-2 listed. It is the first handgun purchase that I ever made over 30 years ago. I still own it and shoot it regularly.

    These are wonderful firearms.

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    I recently aquired a very nice 28-2 6 inch highway patrolman, gun is in 95% new condition,from original owner this gun is nice to shoot handles recoil from 125hp like 38 wadcutters. enjoy this is a good range-target gun very accurate.
    Bob

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