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    Question Serial Number Mystery on Colt Agent

    I am trying to ascertain the approximate date of manufacture of a Colt Agent (without paying the exorbitant price for a factory letter) by referring to the information available at http://proofhouse.com/colt/index.html

    The serial number--on both the frame and the cylinder crane of the Agent in question--appears to be "W3201X."

    (Of course, I have substituted "X" for the actual last number in the series.)

    The website indicates that Agents (et al.) made between 1954 and 1955 have serial numbers ranging between "26150LW" and "33900LW."

    I am not sure what this means for the Agent I am trying to identify.

    First, the number on the gun I'm talking about includes no "L"--just a "W."

    Second, the "W" comes BEFORE the numerals NOT AFTER them, as listed on the "proofhouse" webpage cited above.

    One theory I have is that the "L" was struck too lightly to be visible to the naked eye (and also aided by a magnifying glass).

    The other theory is that the "L" simply missed the frame upon being struck.

    Has anyone encountered a similar serial number phenomenon?

    And are there any other ways to identify the date of manufacture of the Agent I have described here other than by a factory letter?

    Thanks for your help.
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    From this chart DA Dates of Manufacture thru 1985 , which is the second reference in the sticky post at the top of the topic, the DOM is 1983. It likely looks like these.


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    The third edtion of the TBOCF shows the serial number series beginning with W20370 in 1983 and carrying to W45039 in 1984, so if you have the later shrouded barrel model, that would fit. The Agents were apparently shared numbers with other D-Frames during that period. For what its worth, neither of my later model shrouded barrel Agents (one blued and one matte) have the LW suffix.
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    Quote Originally Posted by A1A View Post
    From this chart DA Dates of Manufacture thru 1985 , which is the second reference in the sticky post at the top of the topic, the DOM is 1983. It likely looks like these.

    So it looks like the Agent I've described was made in 1983.

    Much appreciated!
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    Smile Yes, shrouded ejector rod.

    Quote Originally Posted by bayouboy View Post
    The third edtion of the TBOCF shows the serial number series beginning with W20370 in 1983 and carrying to W45039 in 1984, so if you have the later shrouded barrel model, that would fit. The Agents were apparently shared numbers with other D-Frames during that period. For what its worth, neither of my later model shrouded barrel Agents (one blued and one matte) have the LW suffix.
    Yes.

    It has the ejector rod shrouded by the underlug on the barrel.

    It is a very cool looking little gun.

    The matte finish is a bit trashed, but that just adds character.

    The wood grips with goldish looking medallions look good; the left grip panel is much darker than the right, as if a right-hander carried it in a hip holster on his right side and darkened the left grip panel with sweat.

    I shot it fine for a little while, but then the wadcutters started shearing off at the sides.

    Sounds like it is getting out of time, right?

    (I'm not an expert in diagnosing revolver problems.)

    Thanks for all your help.
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