How to Identify/Date a S&W

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According to the 4th edition, "AHP" is one of the prefix groups listed in 1985.

HOWEVER, hearing stories of S&W manufacturing practices, this is not a guarantee that 1985 was the only year of manufacture for "AHP" marked firearms.
Interesting. I have the 2nd edition . . . and to prove your point, the dates changed between editions!
 

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"IF" it's an early Chief's Special I would say about 1956. But the grips look wrong for that era.

If you could get a better shot, the entire gun in one frame, both sides, with a clear view of what is written on the sides of the barrel I could give you a better idea of what you have.
 
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"IF" it's an early Chief's Special I would say about 1956. But the grips look wrong for that era.

If you could get a better shot, the entire gun in one frame, both sides, with a clear view of what is written on the sides of the barrel I could give you a better idea of what you have.
 

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Well, this is getting mighty interesting. This just might be a .38/32 Terrier (Postwar) - "Pre-Model 32". That is the only explanation for the .38 S&W caliber. But the grips still are a mystery.

Where are you located?
 

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