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ProShooter, Firearms Instructor
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Greetings. I just obtained a S&W Model 57 8 3/8" Nickel Serial

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Greetings. I just obtained a S&W Model 57 8 3/8" Nickel Serial M 633183. What year is the weapon and worth please?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Blue Book of Guns, Firearms Appraisals
Expert:  ProShooter replied 2 years ago.
Good afternoon,
Are you certain that the serial number starts with an M, and not an N?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
My bad Jim, it is a N
Expert:  ProShooter replied 2 years ago.
Ok, thank you. Let me research this.
Expert:  ProShooter replied 2 years ago.
Thank you for your patience....
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Thank you for your interest in our Firearms Appraisal service. The information you provided was used to properly identify the information below. Here is the information you requested about your Firearm taken from
Manufacturer - Smith & Wesson
Model - Model 57, N prefix
Serial number - N633183
Year of manufacture- 1979-80
Estimated Value Range –see below
For your firearm, the following current values apply (from the Blue Book of Gun Values). Retail prices may be 20% higher. Percentages are based on the amount of original finish on the gun, and its operational ability. Values are in US Dollars.
New in box/perfect --100% condition - $N/A
Mint condition --------98% condition - $750
Excellent condition -- 95% condition - $650
Very Good+ condition -- 90% condition- $450
Very Good condition ------ 80% condition - $400
Good+ condition ------------70% condition - $350
Good condition --------------60% condition - $300
Add 25% for guns with a nickel finish.
Add 5% for 8 3/8 in. barrel.
Add 10% for pinned barrel and recessed cylinder.
This Firearm appraisal is a value estimate on the appraised firearm for the date of the appraisal. The value quoted is a real world market value (also known as a private party value) and is the amount you should expect to pay for the firearm. This is not an appraisal for retail or wholesale purposes.
The information and values in this appraisal are compiled from a variety of sources including the current editions of the Blue Book of Gun Values , my internal reference library, my network of Firearms experts across the United States, firearms auctions, and through various online sites.
The values in this appraisal are based on recent sales of comparable and similar firearms taking into account the rarity, desirability, and overall original condition of the firearm. In the case that a comparable sale is not readily available, the value is based on a projected amount that the firearm would be expected to sell for.
All information compiled in this firearm evaluation using the Blue Book of Gun
Values online database and Photo Percentage Grading System is copyrighted 2013 by Blue Book Publications, Inc. and may not be used for any other purpose without written permission from the publisher. Any unauthorized usage of the Photo Percentage Grading System for the evaluation of firearms values and color photo percentage breakdown is also expressly forbidden by the publisher.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Thank you. I did pay a little more although it appears to have been fired 100 times or less and I failed to mention the presentation case is spotless. Thank you
Expert:  ProShooter replied 2 years ago.
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