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I inherited a Smith and Wesson 41 Magnum and I have no idea what to insure it for. Is there a way to tell from the serial number when it was made. I would think that maybe it was produced in the very early 70's but I don't know any information on it. I would appreciate any help anyone can give me.

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It depends on several factors.

First of all what model is it, barrel length, finish, does it have a pinned barrel and recessed cylinder, does the serial number have an "S" prefix or "N" prefix, and what condition?

The model 57 has adjustable sights, the model 58 has fixed sights.
 

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I'm a big .41 fan. What did you find out?
 

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Jim Supica's book "Standard Catalog of Smith and Wesson, Third edition" is an excellent reference for value, specific model information, serial number listings for dates shipped (Smith didn't keep records of when the guns were made, only when they left the factory). This is best ballpark of values for your gun. You can find it at the big book stores or online. The values of the guns have gone up slightly since it was printed. The auction sites can give a range of values. Your insurance company will tell you if they think your value amount is too much. (I use insurance through the NRA endorced company).

The blue book of gun values is a way to show you your gun isn't worth all that much when you sell it to a professional so they can lowball you. You should never use the blue book to asses a value in my opinion.
 
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