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    Help identifying a revolver

    This has obviously been refinished. What model is this with a Gunsite stamp?

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    My guess it's a S&W 442 airweight Centennial...

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    It's a S&W Bodyguard. Which specific model is hard to say without seeing other pics and/or the serial number The current iteration is a 638 for a SS and Aluminum Airweight version. The 442 named by the previous poster is a hammerless revolver. The Bodyguard series is a shrouded hammer gun thus giving the operator the option of single-action mode. Can't help you with the Thunder Ranch connection. Does the barel stamping (on the other side) specify .38 spl +P? And is it all-steel or alloy? Great little gun. I carry a 638 quite often.

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    My vote too is for the S&W 638 ... great weapon, my wife carries almost the same weapon. I love the finish and the grips.
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    I should have been more specific. I'm looking for the significance of the Gunsite stamp. My initial thought was that it was possibly used at the school.
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    Quote Originally Posted by semperfi.45 View Post
    I should have been more specific. I'm looking for the significance of the Gunsite stamp. My initial thought was that it was possibly used at the school.
    I'd say it was probably done by the 'smiths at Gunsite for sale to students. It didn't come from the S&W factory or the Performance Center in this form, because there is absolutely no reference to anything like this revolver in the Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson, 3rd Edition.

    That's not a factory front sight, either.


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    Quote Originally Posted by semperfi.45 View Post
    This has obviously been refinished. What model is this with a Gunsite stamp?

    I have no idea.But I would love to own one like that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by semperfi.45 View Post
    Found my answer from Rob over at Louder than Words who owns it.


    Post subject: Yost/Gunsight Custom Bodyguard


    Here is a S&W Model 38, LW Bodyguard. It was tricked by Ted several years ago when he was running the shop at Gunsite. He smoothed up all the edges, did an action job, opened up the slot of the hammer for a better sight picture, and recut the front sight. Originally, the gun was done in BlackT.

    After years of carry it was looking rough so I sent it to Dave at the Springfield Custom Shop. They did a two-tone finish with the black being Armory Coat and the silver being NP3.

    Spegel stocks from C&S finished off the package and it is better than ever.

    Take note of the Raven over the cylinder latch.

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    Ted Yost does some mighty fine work. A good friend has a number of guns reworked or built by Ted and I've shot one or two of them.

    Thus, I can only imagine that this would be a great gun to own and shoot/carry.

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    Looks just like a Model38. I just bought one two weeks ago for $175 in 95-98% condition made in 1981. Mine is nickled and stock, man that sure is nice.

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