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I see NIB, or ANIB ones at local shows for 5 - 0 asking, and I believe they actually sell for 5.Any wear and the price goes down dramatically - a serviceable but finish worn model 10 can still be had for 0 - 5 in my neck of the woods.The SCSW (Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson) serial number/date tables are approximate, based on infomation provided from several sources, both Messr.Supica and Nahas own words provide much better an explaination than I can: "It is vitally important to realize that it is impossible to identify the production year of any given gun using these tables alone.Your revolver is modern and should handle all of that 130gr FMJ you can run through it, I've found that my 10's shoot the 158gr loads best.You will probably find aftermarket grips more comfortable than the stock factory wood ones.S&W apparently also used "first in - last out" for removing completed revolvers from the vault to fill orders.
At best, these tables may indicate a probable production era for a particular gun." As frames were produced they were serial numbered, but the frame itself would sit, in storage, until needed, then the other components would be assembled into a complete revolver - then the completed revolver itself may well sit in storage.also, where can I get an original factory manual for the 73-75 range?: D: D Mak - thrying to date a S&W off of paper ephemera included in the box is dicier than using the SCSW - Smith used things up, and would of included that card until the next price increase, which may or may not of been in 1975, and maybe even after that.well i noticed that in the box there's some of the original papers, no manual though but anyway the warranty card (which isn't filled out : D) has stamped in red "New prices are effective April 22, 1974.Prices are increased approximately 10%" That mean that the guns actually older than 1975? guess only way we'd really know is if I got a factory letter for it..that though we'll see what life brings us.