Where can you check a serial number of an antique Smith and Wesson firearm?
Email us a complete description of the S&W, including any patent dates, caliber, number of chambers in the cylinder and type of action (tip up vs swing-out cylinder), and the serial number and I am sure we can help ID it for you. email@example.com
Any one of several hundred. A serial number is not unique to only one firearm, or they would be 20 numbers long. They are usually unique to a particular make and model of a given firearm. There would be only one Smith & Wesson Model 36 revolver with serial number 500, but there is a Model 37 with that same number. Sorry.
The receiver is the frame of a firearm- in modern firearms, it is the part that the barrel connects to. Antique firearms, such as muzzle loading rifles, did not have a receiver- only the lock, stock, and barrel. (Yes, that is where the expression came from) On a modern firearm, if it has a serial number, it is stamped on the receiver. By US law, a receiver IS a firearm- everything else is parts.