Dating a sw revolver by serial number
I know this exists for other brands (my Remington shotgun), but couldn't find anything like that for Smiths. There is nothing on the internet that I'm aware of.
I and most other S&W fans have a copy of The Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson (now on it's third edition) which also contains serial number/dates.
Furthermore, some internet forums are filled with helpful and knowledgeable people that would be happy to help try to interpret the serial number on your handgun.
In addition, a book such as: written by Jim Supica, Richard Nahas, published 2007, can be used to try to get more information about your gun.
Smith & Wesson Gun History History of Smith & Wesson.
Smith and Wesson Sigma SW40VE Pistol Review Smith and Wesson model SW40VE.
If you own a Smith and Wesson handgun, you might be interested in finding out some more information on your particular gun.
Jim Hello I see another responder has Pointed out an excellent source of S&W serial numbers and it will provide many hours of good reading on all the different models they made and make.You can send them a picture and they can find out more of the background on your gun along with the date manufactured.They will charge you for this service ( at the time this was written) and it is probably only worthwhile for older collectible guns which have no serial numbers. No one but no one can tell me what I've got as far as year. That's assuming a swing out cylinder, hand ejector. Information from Standard catalog of Smith & Wesson.