Age of a S&W model 38

Age of a S&W model 38

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    Age of a S&W model 38

    Inheriated a older Model 38 ....wondering about its birth date
    Serial # J1911xx

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    I think 1973-74, if I am reading right.
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    Thanks....not as old as me......it was my Uncles BUG ...he retired from the CIA...
    its a model 38 no dash...I thought it was older....

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    lol CIA?... I'm surprised it has a serial number.
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    Our own Buckeye.45 gives the good information.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Secret Spuk View Post
    lol CIA?... I'm surprised it has a serial number.

    Most likely his personal piece....I couldn't imagine being allowed to take a service home with you when you retire...but most likely his personal BUG...
    I remember shooting this little handgun years ago..
    I'm glad his son , my cousin ....followed through with his wishes..

    I will post pics later....worn but solid. ..

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    Not hard to figure. In those days, in an agency that didn't exist, with people who didn't exist, and firearms that were secret who knows. It's neat whether it was issue or his personal piece.

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    I just emailed S&W to find out when my Model 37 airwweight was made and they mailed me back the same day with the info. Might give them a try, all you need is the model & SN.

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    I don't have anyway of checking the weight......but to me the older Model 38 seems noticably lighter than my newly acquired S&W 637.....maybe its just me..

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    You don't need the weight, "airweight" was a name used for the guns made out of an alloy, it's very light weight and kicks like a mule. I put oversized grips on it to make it easier to shoot.

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    I had a model 37 for a while... very light even by todays standards... Handled and shot well with 158 gr. SWC.

    It has been said that S&W ran off several different models without serial numbers, in case they were left behind for some reason, they could not be traced back to the US government. Cant remember the guys name but a firearms trainer for the CIA strongly recomended these little .38's as a kind of urban survival gun.

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    This is a pic of the 38 worn....but tight ...

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    They've got an outline only a mother could love, but I do like those humpback snubs! My Taurus clone slides out of a snug pocket like it was on rails.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Buckeye63 View Post


    This is a pic of the 38 worn....but tight ...
    Wow.
    I had one just like this back in about 1981 or so.
    Passed it on to a friend in Louisiana, down around Houma.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Secret Spuk View Post
    ...Cant remember the guys name but a firearms trainer for the CIA strongly recommended these little .38's as a kind of urban survival gun.
    Ed Lovette? I took his snubby course at TDI. Our KSHolder was in the same class. Lovette wrote a snubby book. He teaches about threat recognition and getting the snubby in the fight.
    Americans understood the right of self-preservation as permitting a citizen to repel force by force
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