S&W Revolvers

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    I have two older S@W revolvers that I want to use for concealed carry but not sure about using 38+P in them. Anyone here have any idea's on serial# that you can use it in. Tryed to get info from smith but couldn't. Any help greatly appreiated. Thanks

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    Model # would be a little more helpful at this point vs. serial number.
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    Model number, dash number and SS first 3 digits then we would be able to tell you. Generally mid 80s guns are OK but not earlier.

    Examples...
    My 1968 Model 60 is a no, my 1974 Model 15 is a no and no problem with my 357 Model 66-1.
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    You might want to run this question past the gang on the Smith & Wesson forum. Even then, you'll find differences of opinion. For example, I wouldn't have any hesitation to shoot a modest number of +p loads in either of the guns listed above to check their point of aim. In fact, I choose to carry +p loads for self defense in my similar vintage 60 and 15.

    As I understand it, the metalurgy on Smiths changed sometime around '45? (Someone will clarify this). The older guns should receive TLC (i.e. no +p stuff).

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    Any numbered model, such as 15, 64, 67, 19, 66, ect, are +P capable, according to S&W customer service. Regards 18DAI.

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    Try contacting S&W.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 18DAI View Post
    Any numbered model, such as 15, 64, 67, 19, 66, ect, are +P capable, according to S&W customer service. Regards 18DAI.
    I've been told that all "dash" models of the Model 15 should be safe for certain with a steady diet of +P; perhaps others are as well?
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    Quote Originally Posted by flor1 View Post
    I have two older S@W revolvers that I want to use for concealed carry but not sure about using 38+P in them. Anyone here have any idea's on serial# that you can use it in. Tryed to get info from smith but couldn't. Any help greatly appreiated. Thanks
    Not enough information for a definitive answer. Steel frame or alloy frame? How old is "older"? Model number & SN would be helpful. S&W began using model numbers in 1957. Any revolver made before 1957 is definitely not +P rated.

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    Try contacting S&W.
    Read the post. The OP said he couldn't get any information from S&W.


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