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Old 09-14-2021, 10:17 PM
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I inherited one. A two inch, blue, M&P .38 spl. Airweight.... (pre-12). Father-in-law's that he used in Law Enforcement many, many years ago. It's probably 1955-1957 manufacture. No model number, C serial. Very nice revolver. The light weight is wonderful for carry. One serious drawback is that, being an aluminum frame, use +P ammo is a significant factor for frame trouble. And barrel or frame cracking is a significant risk.

I would use light loads or any "standard" load or handload but steer clear of heavy loads or any high pressure ammunition. Other than that, they are a really nice revolver.
I have seen two examples of early “Airweights” that had aluminum cylinders. One Chiefs Special and one preModel 12.

I have a Model 12-3 in my safe, round butt with a four inch barrel. I have only fired it a few times, but I am probably going to incorporate it into my home security plan.
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