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Posted 12-25-2013 at 07:22 AM by Hondo44
Updated 09-03-2014 at 02:03 AM by Hondo44

CHIEFS SPECIAL TARGETS: un-cataloged, BLUE: Models 36, 37, 50 and earliest not model stamped, sporadic production 1955 thru 1990. Regular production began in 1996 w/the Mod 60-10

Total production reported as 2136 all steel by SCSW up thru 1978 and serial numbered in the Mod 36 serial range as follows:
(Roy’s information has the total at 2517 total target sighted Model 36 & 50 from 1955 to 1977.)

• 312 in 1954-55, Pre Model 37, 3 ½” barrel, reportedly...
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Simplified Chronology - "Model .38 Chiefs Special"

Posted 12-22-2013 at 02:23 PM by Hondo44
Updated 04-18-2014 at 03:01 AM by Hondo44

Here's a simplified chronology of the "Model .38 Chiefs Special"

EARLY "Model .38 Chiefs Special" (collector nickname Baby J frame):

1950, Oct 27, Introduction of the J frame .38 Chiefs Special, #6 is the 1st shipped, #1 is in the S&W museum, and is thought to belong to Mr. Jinks; 5 screw, longer frame window than ‘I’ frames, ‘I’ frame size grip (1/8” shorter grip than later full size J frame rd butt) and smaller trigger guard than the later...
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Posted 12-22-2013 at 02:18 PM by Hondo44
Updated 02-11-2015 at 09:41 PM by Hondo44

.22/32 Kit Gun and Target, .32 Hand Ejector, .32 & .38 S&W Reg. Police and .38 S&W Terrier


1. Transitional I frames: late 1940’s, short cyl window, flat leaf mainspring, 6 screws. Small trigger guard and short grip, both the same size as the Baby J Chiefs Spl.
---- a) Pre war/post war using many pre war parts
---- b) Pure post war Improved I frames: c. late 1951, (no 22/32s...
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Why is the 38 Smith & Wesson Single Action, 3rd Model (Model of 1891) So Scarce?

Posted 05-27-2013 at 08:51 AM by glowe (Gary Lowe)

Why is the 38 Smith & Wesson Single Action, 3rd Model (Model of 1891) So Scarce?

Before I start, I would like to thank all of our Forum experts and S&W authors who have added information and comments to this commentary. I have been perplexed by the lack of 38 Single Action, Third Model, or Model of 1891 revolvers on the market and have been researching this phenomenon. As most know, these revolvers rarely come up for sale, but the question is why? There were more 38 Single...
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N Frame Engineering Changes in Transition 38/44 Heavy Duties

Posted 10-29-2012 at 12:30 AM by 1Aspenhill (Bill Patteson)
Updated 11-25-2012 at 04:33 PM by 1Aspenhill

Sometimes, even when you look at guns a lot, there are things that you don’t see. I had determined that between S68327 and S68348, the 38/44 Heavy Duty went to a straight ejector rod, rolling the top of the barrel with patent dates and address information was stopped and Smith & Wesson began stamping the frame with a four line address. Looking at 4 inch Transition Heavy Duties from S68348 to S75604 this assumption is correct (4 inch guns did not have the patent dates and address information...
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