3 years ago#1
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I have a smith and wesson 38 special snub nose. In the box it says april 15 1955. How can I tell how much this gun is worth. It does have an E14 etched inside when you open the cylinder.

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3 years ago#2
Berettamen
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We'll need more information on establishing the value of your revolver.

Condition and serial number will be most helpful. S&W revolvers have the serial on the bottom of the grip frame, cylinder face and the bottom of the barrel visible on the underside as you open up the cylinder release.

Dan

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3 years ago#3
JP@AK
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Hello
Dan's info is correct, although depending on how late your revolver is, the number may not be on the barrel flat or the cylinder.
I will add that the date on the inside bottom of the box applies to the warranty and liability statement, not to the gun that came in the box. These statements remained printed in S&W boxes well into the Bangor P u n t a era and can be found on boxes as late as the mid-1970s.
The serial number is the best way to determine the approximate date of manufacture.
So get back to us with more info and one of us will try to answer your question.
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JP

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3 years ago#4
roman
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it says 10-5

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3 years ago#5
JP@AK
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Okay. Your revolver was made sometime between 1962 and 1977. It has a tapered barrel and the front sight is 1/8" in width. The sight width is what distinguishes it from the Model 10-4. Both were introduced in 1962. Production continued on the 10-5 until 1977, when it was replaced with the Model 10-7.
The Model 10, in all its variants, was the workhorse revolver for S&W for many years. They and their pre-1957 cousins, the .38 Military & Police revolver, are the most common of all Smith & Wesson revolvers. They are great guns, but unless your example is in exceptional condition and has the original box and accessories, it is not valued very highly in today's market. $350 or so is a likely and realistic value.
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JP

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3 years ago#6
roman
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I have the original box and tools. Plus the wax paper that came in the box. I am also confused because the box is stamped april 15 1955. If you know please let me know if this matters.

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3 years ago#7
JP@AK
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Hello
Regarding the date inside the box, I replied to that aspect of your question in an earlier post. Here's what I wrote:

I will add that the date on the inside bottom of the box applies to the warranty and liability statement, not to the gun that came in the box. These statements remained printed in S&W boxes well into the Bangor P u n t a era and can be found on boxes as late as the mid-1970s.


If you are still confused, I don't know what else to tell you. It was a standard statement, probably concocted by some staff lawyer. It has nothing to do with the date of the gun that was packaged in the box.

Having the original box, tools and paperwork is a plus to the value of your revolver. However, the condition of the gun is still the most significant factor determining the value. If it is in like-new condition, the value is probably in the neighborhood of $500 - $550, considering you have the box and accessories.

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JP
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