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Can some one please explain to me that when identifying a Smith & Wesson revolver what is the # after the model #
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model 629-4
or model 19-2 or model 27-6
WHAT IS THAT EXTRA NUMBER???!!!
and no its not how long the barrel is
this has been driving me crazy
 

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Hey adkhunter:

Be crazy no more. It's the revision number or what we used to call the mark. As in, you know, the MK IX Spitfire or Windoze 3.1.

629-4 indicates the fourth major change to the base design

Cheers,

Norm
or so I'm led to believe
 

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That is the "generation" number. The origional model would be just "629". When significant changes are made, and put into production, the next generation would be marked "629-1", and so on.

best, RG
 

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But not to worry. One thing that you can count on with Smiths is that every gun is a transitional one. The -x is a guideline, but it's not at all unusual to find examples that don't follow the specs. :D

that's part of what makes collecting Smiths so much fun.
 
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