The SWHF has two letters that may be issued on S&W firearms. The first one is the “Letter of Authenticity”. It is what was called the factory letter when Smith & Wesson issued the letters. It includes information on the model and gives information, when available, on when and where the gun was shipped and how it was outfitted. Although these files can go back to 1858 the information generally just supplies the date shipped through 1880. Later dates normally have more information. The Letter of Authenticity request form may be downloaded below. At this time, it may not be completed electronically, but must be printed (it is a .PDF file), completed, and mailed with payment to the Warren, MA address below. You will receive your letter of Authenticity within 8 to 12 weeks of receipt.
The second letter is the “Historical Letter”. This letter will take the information from the completed Letter of Authenticity and allow us to do a search for additional information in the digitized files. These records only include the time frame from 1920 to 1966. Many times, we find very interesting information. Sometimes a copy of the invoice may be found. Other times, there is no additional information. The request form can be found at the link below. YOU MUST INCLUDE A COPY OF THE LETTER OF AUTHENTICITY WITH YOUR HISTORICAL LETTER REQUEST FORM. The request form should be mailed to the Great Bend, KS. address. Once we do the research, we will contact you, let you know what we have found give you the choice of obtaining the copies or not and what the charge will be. If we do not find anything there will be no charge.
Process For Ordering A Letter of Authenticity:
Process For Ordering A Foundation Historical Letter:
Print and Email or send in Post Please email the completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org or print and post it to the SWHF, P.O. Box 1494 ,Great Bend, KS 67530
The Smith & Wesson Historical Foundation is a tax-exempt public charity under Section 501(c)(3)