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Posted: 11/22/2003 6:52:17 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/23/2003 6:56:56 AM EDT by bobbyjack]
I have just purchased a Smith model 586 W/8 &3/16 inch barrel! It looks to have never been fired,and is 100%. The question is in the serial number on the frame and bottom of butt it is marked AVA 4541 .

Could the first 5000 of this model be special marked?

I don't have any other smiths to compare with ,but should the serial number start out with letters?

And when you swing the cylinder out ,on the frame below the serial number is stamped M 586 1.

I can tell by the low serial number it is probably made in 1981! But the letters preceeding and being part of the serial number kind of freak me ! Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Bob

Link Posted: 11/23/2003 7:50:14 AM EDT
The number 585-1 means that there has been a change in the design,each time they make a change they will change the last diget of the model number -1 -2 -3 and so on. the AVA is part of the serial number also which means there could have been 1 millon four thousand five hundred and fourty one or whatever numbers the AVA stands for.
Link Posted: 11/23/2003 9:45:35 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/23/2003 1:28:46 PM EDT by thedr13]

Originally Posted By bobbyjack:
I have just purchased a Smith model 586 W/8 &3/16 inch barrel! It looks to have never been fired,and is 100%. The question is in the serial number on the frame and bottom of butt it is marked AVA 4541 .

Could the first 5000 of this model be special marked?

I don't have any other smiths to compare with ,but should the serial number start out with letters?

And when you swing the cylinder out ,on the frame below the serial number is stamped M 586 1.

I can tell by the low serial number it is probably made in 1981! But the letters preceeding and being part of the serial number kind of freak me ! Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Bob




I am looking at the Smith and Wesson encyclopedia and according to the write up on the 586. It says that your gun ,586-1, was manufactured in 1986. As for the serial no. Quote, "Prodution of this model (586) marks the first use of the three letter, four digit serial numbering system starting with AAA0001 in June of 1980. Production circa 1980 to 1999." Unquote.
Also just for your info, the barrel lengths made were 2-1/2in., 4in., 6in., and 8-3/8in.
Link Posted: 11/23/2003 4:26:09 PM EDT
Thanks ever so much guys as every place I went to ,and exspecialy The Smith Site wanted thirty dollars to research gun info!

Winchester and Savage just post their info for all to see! Thanks again!

Bob
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